GOODWELL, Okla. – D.J. Castro missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer, as Oklahoma Panhandle State held on to beat St. Mary’s 66-65 Saturday evening.
St. Mary’s was down seven points with 3:30 left, but trimmed it to one in large part to a pair of 3-pointers over the final three minutes, the last of which cut the deficit to 66-65 with 1:26 left.
But the Rattlers only got two more shots off, both of which missed as they couldn’t pull off the comeback.
One of four players in double figures, Kevin Kotzur (So., La Vernia, Texas) led St. Mary’s with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Ray Marshall (Jr., El Paso, Texas) scored 12 points, while Jeremy Fonteneaux (Jr., DeSoto, Texas) had 11 and Jeff Campbell (Jr., Allen, Texas) added 10.
The loss dropped the Rattlers to 13-9 overall and 6-3 in Heartland Conference play, creating a logjam atop the league standings. St. Mary’s, Texas A&M International and Newman all lead the conference with three losses apiece.
St. Mary’s will now travel to Newman for a rescheduled game that was supposed to take place last Thursday. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday in Wichita, Kan.