Aggies Drop Exciting Game to Angelo State, 69-68
- by Scott Puryear of OPSU Sports on 12/15/07
Goodwell, Okla. - In an exciting and evenly played Friday night game, two very athletic teams flat went at it for 40 solid minutes and Angelo State came away with a heart stopping 69-68 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State. The Aggies trailed by a single point at halftime (31-30) and each squad scored 38 points in the second half.
Both teams wanted a win and both went after it with hard work and solid team play.
The Aggies came out tough in the second half and quickly erased the Rams’ one point half-time advantage and a three point play by Chuck Salisbury put OPSU ahead 37-36 with just over 18 minutes left to play. With just under seven minutes left, a three-point rocket by LaChawn Anderson gave the Aggies a seven point lead at 62-55. However, Angelo State’s fine center, Marcus Hubbard, led a rally that gave his team the one-point victory.
The Aggies played a solid defensive game all the way and guards Salisbury and Basil Laslie seemed to be all over the court with baskets, excellent ball handling, and hustle. Laslie drilled in a team high 19 points and the always moving Salisbury scored ten points, handed out five assists, stole the ball four times and pulled down six rebounds. Laslie is a junior and Salisbury is a sophomore.
The OPSU inside senior tandem of Will Stephenson and Anderson scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, and demonstrated their athleticism all night. Anderson had six rebounds and Stephenson pulled down five to go with his two blocks.
A very gutty performance was also given by OPSU’s 6’4 junior forward, Luke Ogden. Though Ogden is a full five inches shorter than Angelo State’s Hubbard, he challenged the bigger man all night. For the game, Ogden scored eight and grabbed five rebounds.
The Aggies had nothing to be ashamed of in their third loss against four wins. Angelo State (now 6-2) is very good team out of the always tough Lone Star Conference and they have an excellent big man in Hubbard. The 6’9 center with a soft touch led all scorers with 23 points and also pulled down a game high 11 rebounds.
The game ended with what many in the stands thought was a missed goal tending call against Angelo State that could have given the Aggies the win. Though OPSU coach Jerry Olson questioned the officials after the game, the veteran coach did not blame the loss on a missed call. He said he felt his team played good enough to win the contest, but were hurt by some key turnovers. He added that, in the last few minutes of the game, “We missed and they didn’t.”
It was the third exciting men’s game in the OPSU gym in 12 days. On 12/3 the Aggies topped Cameron, 88-86, and on 12/8 they bested Johnson & Wales 78-70.
OPSU will get a well deserved holiday break and will not be in action again until December 28 when they play Hillsdale Baptist in Goodwell.