OPSU Aggies Get Well Deserved 1st Win of the Season
by Scott Puryear on 12/31/05
OK - The Oklahoma Panhandle
basketball team was a focused group of young men on Friday
night. They were seeking their first win of the season
as well as some payback for an earlier loss suffered at the
hands of Eastern New Mexico. Through a determined effort,
they got them both with a stunning 62-59 victory.
From the get go, fans could see it was going to be a very
physical game. ENM’s Mikal Monette (6’7, 225 pounds)
and OPSU’s Aaron Harrison (6’9, 290) went after
each other especially hard. The lead changed hands several
times in the first half, and with 44 seconds left, OPSU’s
steady Juan Carson hit a pair of free throws to tie the score
In the closing seconds of the half, OPSU’s Eddie Moss
came up with a steal and shortly thereafter, teammate Tim Anderson
hit Carson with a bullet pass that the 6’4 senior promptly
turned into an NBA-range three point bucket. The Aggies took
their 28-25 lead to the halftime break.
The game continued to be just as physical in the second half
and each team held the lead several times. With three minutes
left to play, ENM had a 59-52 advantage but the determined
Aggies, coached by Curt Connor, were not to be denied. A Tim
Anderson three point bomb put OPSU ahead, 61-59 with 44 seconds
remaining. A Nick Malinowski free throw capped a ten point
Aggie run and completed their 62-59 victory.
Both Malinowski and Harrison led the way for OPSU with “Double
Doubles.” Malinowski led all scorers with 15 points and
tied for game high with ten rebounds. The burly Harrison, a
starter last year who recently rejoined the team, played 25
strong minutes and also had ten rebounds and scored 13.
Carson, a very consistent player, added ten points. It was
a strong OPSU team effort and one of the hardest workers in
the game was Anderson, just back after missing five games with
an eye injury. The senior guard scored five points and gave
the Aggies a very strong defensive game.
On Monday, the Aggies (1-10) will be in Ada, Oklahoma for
a non-conference contest with East Central. Then they will
head north to begin Heartland Conference play with Friday and
Saturday games against Montana State-Billings.