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Aaron Harrison goes up strong against Lincoln on Friday night.-photo by Trey Scales


Juan Carson stretches for the lay-up and an easy two during the Homecoming game Friday.- photo by Trey Scales

**For Immediate Release**
Aggies Dump Lincoln 88-71, Advance to Playoffs
by Aggie Sports on 02/27/06

Goodwell, Okla. - An enthusiastic crowd for EPIC TOUCH Night in Oscar Williams Fieldhouse witnessed a great men’s college basketball game on Friday night. Oklahoma Panhandle State lost to Lincoln 71-61 in January, but the Blue Tigers had no such luck the second time around as the Aggies picked up a convincing 88-71 victory. Friday night was also OPSU’s Winter Homecoming.

The big win also gave the Curt Connor coached Aggies a berth in the Heartland Conference Tournament, which is set to begin on Wednesday.

OPSU’s Eddie Moss nailed a 3-pointer 47 seconds into the game on Friday to make it 3-0, and the Aggies never trailed in the contest. With 13 minutes left in the first half, the Aggies had built a 22–6 lead.

In the final minutes of the first period, Lincoln came back with a run of their own, but the Aggies still had a 40-34 advantage at half time.

The second half was a good college scrap between two well-conditioned teams. Lincoln cut the OPSU margin down to five points twice, but the Aggies closed it up hard and fast for their tenth win of the season.

Moss, a 6’0” senior from Chicago, was spectacular for the Aggies, leading the way with 32 points and also contributing four assists and six big steals. Late in the first half, the cat-quick guard stripped Lincoln players of the ball on two consecutive possessions, each time converting those steals into crowd-pleasing slam dunks.

Dependable Aggie senior forward Juan Carson was splendid on Friday. The 6’4” Tulsa native scored 20 points and added four rebounds and four steals.

OPSU center Aaron Harrison continued to use his 6’9”, 295-pound frame to his advantage as the senior bulled his way to a dozen points and 11 rebounds. William Preston, a 6’7” senior forward, was also solid with nine points and six boards.

Senior sparkplug Tim Anderson, a 5’10” guard, scored eight points and threaded the needle for nine assists. Although often the shortest man on the court, Anderson played with authority the entire game.

The win upped the OPSU record to 7-5 in the Heartland Conference and 10-17 overall.

Like the Lady Aggies, the OPSU men will play the Montana State University-Billings Yellowjackets on Wednesday in the first-round conference tournament game in Billings, Mont. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. MST (8:30 p.m. CST). The game will be carried by KGYN radio, live via internet broadcast. Log on to www.opsu.edu and click on Athletics to find the link. Fans may also listen to the game on PTCI’s DITV channel 150.

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