Aggie women’s and men’s basketball begin regional play with dramatic wins
The Murray State College women’s and men’s basketball teams welcomed Eastern Oklahoma State College to Beames Fieldhouse in Tishomingo November 29 to kick off regional play. The women were facing a 5-5 Lady Mountaineers team which was trying to bounce back from a tough loss to regional rival Northeastern Oklahoma A&M, while the MSC men faced an undefeated Mountaineers team which was ranked second nationally for points per game with 117.
The first game of the night saw Eastern Oklahoma State jump out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Aggies stormed back, outscoring the Mountaineers 26-15 in the second quarter to take a 43-34 lead at halftime.
The Aggie women were led by sophomore Aaliyah Endsley who scored 23 points in the game to help propel the Aggies to a 85-68 win over the Mountaineers.
Four other Aggies scored in double digits in the game including sophomores Maddie Jessepe with 15 and Hailey Belvin with 12 points and freshman Andressa Nascimento and Kes Reeves with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The Lady Aggies shot just below 50 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the 3-point line on their way to their second straight home victory and first win in regional play.
After the hard fought win by the MSC women, the Aggie men’s team faced the undefeated Mountaineers which were ranked first nationally in the number of points scored, second in rebound margin and fourth in steals per game. The Mountaineers came out strong, leading the Aggies by 11 points at half, thanks to the play of guard Elisha Hobbs who is averaging over 20 points per game.
After Murray State College Head Coach Kevin O’Connor made some adjustments at half, the Aggies held the Mountaineers to just 31 points in the second half while clawing their way back to within a few points in the final seconds of the game. Sophomore guard Lloyd Daniels led the Aggies with 20 points and freshman guard Kyle Murray had a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. In the waning seconds of the game, freshman forward Adam Nance topped off his 17-point game by hitting the game winning shot with just 0.8 seconds on the clock propelling the Aggies to a 78-77 win.
Murray State College dominated the defensive statistics in the game with 40 rebounds, five steals and five blocked shots while shooting just over 46 percent from the field.
With both wins, the Aggie women and men’s basketball teams move to 1-0 in NJCAA Region 2. Next up, the MSC men welcome Richland College to Tishomingo on Wednesday, December 5th and both teams travel to Denison, Texas to take on Grayson College Saturday, December 8.