Austin, Texas—A close first half against St. Edward's Saturday afternoon
seemed to leave the OPSU men's basketball team under-prepared for the
Hilltopper's dominance in the second half.
St. Edward's took a quick 7-0 lead at the start of the game, but a jump shot
from Tavien Rosemond, a layup by Bill Lee and three good free throws
courtesy of Carlos Tapia-Ponce gave the Aggies a one point lead. The first
half continued with the teams trading the lead until 10:45 when the
Hilltoppers got the advantage and then increased it to eight points with
about five minutes left in the half. The Aggies continued to fight and cut
the lead to a single point following back-to-back treys by Krys Randolph.
St. Ed's responded and took back a six point lead until a T. J. Farrell
inside shot cut it to four as the Hilltoppers left the court at halftime
To begin half two, St. Ed's scored a quick two and Tapia-Ponce answered with
a three-pointer to put the Hilltoppers ahead only by three. Hilltopper Jeff
Campbell responded with his own three, and the Aggies turned the ball over
six times in the next four and a half minutes of play. St. Edward's profited
with 11 points to increase their lead to 20 and at one point, led OPSU by
30. The Aggies continued to fight, but never threatened the lead again, and
the Hilltoppers got the 89-70 win.
Randolph led the Aggie scoring with 16 followed by Farrell and Bill Lee with
10 each. Michael Patterson chipped in eight points and Rosemond led the team
in rebounds with eight and blocked two shots. For the Hilltoppers, Chris
Wacker and Shimeek Johnson both earned double doubles and Campbell led all
scorers with 17.
The men travel to deep south Texas to play the University of Texas
Pan-American in Edinburg on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Live stats will be
available at www.utpabroncs.com/ by choosing the men's basketball link. Live
video is also available from UTPA for a fee.
They resume conference play at home on Thursday, Jan. 31 against Texas A&M
International at about 7:30, following the women's 5:30 game.
Austin, Texas-The OPSU women's basketball team trailed St. Edward's
throughout the first half of the game in Austin on Saturday afternoon, and
despite a powerful surge in the second half of the game, the Hilltoppers
bested the Aggies with a 67-57 win.
In half one, OPSU was scoreless until Meagan Bell nailed a 3-point shot at
the 15:45 mark, and St. Ed's continued to score, leading by 15 with just
over 11 minutes left before the halftime break. The Aggies kept chipping
into the Hilltopper advantage, and right before the buzzer, five points from
Whitley Coca cut the St. Edward's lead to just seven at 34-27.
When play resumed, a determined Aggie team took a short-lived two-point lead
with 11:19 left in the game, and even though the Hilltoppers took it right
back, the OPSU women kept St. Ed's in check, letting them have only a single
digit lead. With 6:41 left to play and the Hilltoppers in the lead by only
one point, the home team went on a 15 point scoring run while holding the
Aggies to only five to end the game.
Coca led all scorers with 19 points and took down five rebounds while Bell
chipped in nine points and had four rebounds. Three St. Edward's players
notched double digit points, and as a team, out-rebounded OPSU 39 to 29.
Head coach Charles Terry said, "The women kept battling, but had trouble
scoring down the stretch. I'm extremely proud of their efforts, but we will
need to get back on track at home this week."
The women return to their home court for the next two games, continuing
Heartland Conference play against Texas A&M International on Thursday, Jan.
31 at 5:30 p.m. and before facing St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.