CHICKASHA, Okla. – In the first game of 2011, Northwestern came out on the short end of the stick on New Year’s Day, falling 70-58 to the University of Science and Arts at USAO Field House in Chickasha.
Northwestern held a brief led twice in the game, with the first time coming at the 6:50 mark in the first half, leading 18-16. The Rangers went into the half down 28-26, before their final lead of 29-28 just seconds after the second half began.
The Rangers were able to pull within three points, but a 10-0 run put the game away for the Drovers.
Northwestern finished shooting 37 percent, as USAO hit 46 percent. The Rangers hit 7-of-25 three-point attempts and converted 5-of-10 from the charity stripe. USAO outshot NWOSU in free throws and three-pointers, hitting seven three’s for 39 percent and making 11-of-16 (69 percent) free throws.
Two Rangers found double figures as Jonathan Freemyer led the way with 11 points. Johnie Sanders finished with 10 points, while Orren Tims had nine.
Kenneth Durham led the Drovers with 18 points, as he was 7-of-7 from the field with four free throws.
Northwestern (9-4, 3-2) will take on No. 12 Southern Nazarene at 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3 at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Sun, January 2, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt