Goodwell, Okla.-Another exciting game for OPSU men's basketball took place
Saturday afternoon as the Aggies came oh so close to their third conference
win; St. Edward's managed a two-point victory in the final seconds of the
Dawayne Matthews grabbed the first points of the game for the Aggies with a
long distance shot good for three. The Aggies led through the 14:34 mark
when St. Ed's John Gramlich tied things up at 13-13 with a successful layup.
The battle on the court continued with OPSU taking a seven point lead with
2:17 left in the half, but the Hilltoppers were sent to the line and
followed with two more baskets good for five points to tie the game at 42-42
with 14 ticks left on the clock. Tavien Rosemond finished off the half with
a big dunk to bring the Aggies up by two at the break.
Ramir Burton led all scorers after twenty minutes totaling 22 points for the
Hilltoppers. St. Ed's also led in rebounds in the first half with Harley
Nussman landing seven boards. Aggie junior Jeremy Newton led his team in
scoring with ten points.
St. Ed's opened the second half with a layup to tie the game at 44-44 and
the teams would even the score four more times by the 16:28 mark when the
scoreboard read 52-52. The Hilltoppers started to pull away going up by as
much as eight points with a little over four minutes left on the clock. The
Aggie men went to work and cut the lead to two points with five seconds left
in the game by way of a Z. Jones layup. Bill Lee went to the line for the
Aggies with less than four seconds remaining; Lee made his first and missed
the second in the hopes of recovering the Aggie rebound but time ran out and
the Hilltoppers went away with the win.
The Aggies outscored St. Ed's in bench points 31-9 and saw five players earn
double-digit points. Jeremy Newton led the Aggies in scoring with 26 points,
Z. Jones totaled 15, Bill Lee finished with 13 points, and Tavien Rosemond
and T.J. Farrell contributed 12 and 10 points respectively. Ramir Burton
scored a game-high 35 points for the Hilltoppers.
OPSU Coach Jerry Olson had this to say after the game: "Our defense needs to
improve. We played very slow and lethargic at times and needed to show a
full 40 minutes of effort."
The Aggie men own a 2-20 overall record with two conference wins. Saturday,
Feb. 15 will be the next home game versus Newman University and the Aggies
will celebrate Spring Homecoming during halftime. The men are set to tip-off
at 3 p.m.
By Justine Gaskamp on 02/09/2014
Goodwell, Okla.-The OPSU Aggie women took a 19-point loss on their home
court to St. Edward's University Saturday afternoon; the Hilltoppers went
home with an 82-63 win under their belt.
The Aggies kept up with the 2-16 St. Ed's team going up by one at the 11:40
mark of the first half (15-14); but the Hilltoppers turned up the heat and
went on a 13-0 scoring run over the next three minutes and went into the
break with a 33-26 lead over the Aggies.
At halftime two Aggies held the game-highs in scoring: Sarah Johnson and
Sharice Papaleo with eight and nine points respectively. St. Ed's Kathleen
Brisbane was leading the game in rebounds with nine.
In the opening minutes of the second half the Aggies came within five points
of the lead; but they would come no closer as the Hilltoppers pulled away
quickly and kept a healthy distance for the remainder of the game, taking
the win back to Austin. Johnson led in scoring for the second half with 16
points and Papaleo and St. Ed's Erika Rousculp led in rebounds with six
Papaleo added another double-double to her record, scoring a total of 17
points and 10 rebounds for the game. Johnson led all scorers racking p 24
points and also led in steals with a game-high seven. Freshman guard Elida
Bonilla was third in scoring for the Aggies shooting 100 percent for the
The Aggie women drop to 1-21 overall and 1-14 in the Heartland Conference.
Their next home game will be against Newman University on Saturday, Feb. 15
at 1 p.m.; OPSU will celebrate Spring Homecoming during Saturday's games.