Aggies Fall to Nationally Ranked South Dakota in Overtime
by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 11/25/05
Goodwell, OK - For the second consecutive
game, the OPSU Aggies had a chance for a win in the last
few seconds and the ball would just not go into the hoop
for a victory. On Friday night, in the Marriot Classic in
Omaha, the Aggies took undefeated South Dakota to the wire
in a 79-77 overtime loss.
OPSU guard Tim Anderson went for the win with a three point
attempt with three seconds left in the overtime period, but
the shot did not fall. Earlier in the week, the Aggies lost
to a good Midwestern State team, 85-84, when a last second
shot hit the rim, then bounced away.
On Friday, the Aggies went into the game knowing they were
capable of beating South Dakota, ranked 23rd in the country
and carrying a 4-0 record. OPSU led for almost the entire game,
which was tied 73-73 at the end of regulation.
The Aggies played well from the game’s opening tip and
behind Juan Carson’s 14 first half points and team 53%
three-point shooting, they held a 40-32 halftime advantage.
South Dakota came out strongly in the second half but the
Aggies held off the challenge and led by five (61-56) with
just over eight minutes left to play. A Nick Malinowski three-pointer
put the Aggies ahead 68-61 with 5:45 remaining. However, South
Dakota fought back and knotted the score 71-71 at the 1:36
A pair of free throws put South Dakota ahead 73-71, but a
determined lay-up by Anderson tied the game at 73 each at the
close of regulation time. The two teams continued to hammer
at each other through the overtime and Anderson tried valiantly
to give his team a win in the closing seconds, with a three
point effort that nearly dropped through the bucket.
After the game, OPSU coach Curt Connor
was proud of the Aggie effort against a nationally ranked
team. “We are limiting
our mistakes and we played against a very good team that had
to give a very good effort for the win,” he added. Connor
also noted that Dave Boots (South Dakota coach) spoke with
him after the game and said the Aggies were the best team South
Dakota has faced this season.
Malinowski led the Aggies (0-4) with 20 points and 12 rebounds
and Carson scored 19. Anderson scored 12 and hard working forward
William Preston added 11. Playmaking guard Kyle Smith scored
seven points, had five rebounds and six assists.