ALVA – After entering the NAIA poll as the No. 24 team earlier this week, Northwestern had no trouble dispensing of St. Gregory’s on Thursday night, beating the Cavaliers 88-68 at home.
The two teams exchanged buckets twice before the Rangers ran away with the game. With Northwestern holding onto a nine-point lead eight minutes into the game, the Rangers exploded on a 18-4 run to hold a 22-point advantage with eight minutes before half.
Northwestern led the rest of the game by a minimum of 18 points.
The Rangers led in every category but three-point shooting. NWOSU was out-shot in three-pointers, as SGU hit eight and the Rangers hitting six. Northwestern shot 48 percent and limited SGU to 42 percent from the floor, while NWOSU hit 20-of-32 from the charity stripe.
Northwestern held the upper hand in rebounds, out-boarding the Cavaliers 45 to 35.
Orren Tims and SGU’s Dylan Lemley tied for the game-high of 20 points. Tims was 8-14 from the field, hit a three and was 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Marshall Bell and Jonathan Freemyer both had two treys on their way to each scoring 12 points. Tyler Detring added 11 points.
Northwestern (12-5, 6-3), who is currently tied for third in the conference, will meet No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist University in Chickasha on Saturday, Jan. 15 for an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Thu, January 13, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt