Men’s basketball opens season with loss to Panhandle State
The OLLU men’s basketball team fell to Oklahoma Panhandle State University (OPSU) 70-67 to open the season. The Aggies improve to 2-0 while the Saints start 0-1.
Both teams shot over 45 percent from the field in the first half. The Aggies grabbed 13 more rebounds than the Saints and Rob Gil had seven points. The score was knotted at 36-36 heading into halftime. The Saints forced four turnovers by the Aggies in the first frame.
Missed free throws and being outrebounded stung the Saints in the second half. The Saints shot better than OPSU from the field but only hit 3-of-7 free throws. The Aggies shot 75 percent from the free-throw line and made timely free throws when the Saints were forced to foul late in the game. Breion Powell, Trey Law and Gil finished with double-digit points.
Gil led the Saints with 12 points. Powell grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Three different Saints players had two assists each.