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Senior Nick Malinowski shoots over a defender during Tuesday's game against Midwestern State. Malinowski was 10 of 17 from the field. - Brad Magby Photo

**For Immediate Release**
One Very Good College Basketball Game at OPSU
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/23/05

Goodwell, OK - One team wins, and one team loses – and that is the way of the game of basketball. Two teams battled from wire to wire here on Tuesday night, and when Oklahoma Panhandle State’s Eddie Moss threw up a last second 3/4 court shot that just missed, Midwestern State had an 85-84 victory.
 
OPSU’s Nick Malinowski played a great game at both ends of the court. The senior from Chicago drilled in 35 points and hauled down 13 rebounds. 
 
At times, both teams were hot, and at other times, they were cold from the field. Each team hit from the free throw line at some key moments, but each team also missed some in key situations. It was a very physical game in the paint and under the boards, and players from both teams ended up flat on the floor several times.
 
Midwestern State is a big and strong team from the Lone Star Conference and definitely not afraid to mix it up, while the Aggies were noticeably quicker and not one bit intimidated.
 
The game started at a slow tempo but heated up fairly quickly with some good shooting, hard physical contact inside, and great effort from both teams. Though the Mustangs held a 45-36 halftime lead, everyone in the gym knew the Aggies had no intention of going away quietly. The 6’7", 200-pound Malinowski and Midwestern’s Eric Dawson (6’9" and 230 pounds) went at it especially hard, and the Midwestern duo of Allen Houston and Russell Button was a great athletic match up with the Aggies Juan Carson and Kyle Smith.
 
The Aggies were not interested in anything but a win and hit the floor for the second half in uncompromising fashion. Through determination and just plain hard work, they fought their way back into things and eventually took the lead, lost it and regained it. Midwestern had their own level of determination. Each team clawed at each other, and it appeared that the last team with the ball might be the one that would be victorious. Moss very nearly proved that to be true on the final shot of the game, which drew iron, but was slightly off target.

OPSU head coach Curt Connor was not disappointed in the performance of his team. He felt they lost the game in the first half, but was pleased with the way they fought for victory down the stretch. He was also very proud of Malinowski’s performance. On the night, Malinowski hit 10 of 17 shots from the field including a shining eight of 11 from three-point range. He was also 7-8 from the free throw line and blocked two shots.
 
Carson had 16 points and five boards, while Smith added a dozen points and dished out six assists and had four steals. William Preston and Eddie Moss added six points each for OPSU. Tim Anderson, a solid 5’10", 185-pound Aggie guard, was in on a great deal of the physical action and scored five points and handed out five assists.
 
The Aggies will head North this weekend for a tournament hosted by the University of Nebraska-Omaha and will have their next home court appearance on December 6 against Southwest Baptist. 

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