SHAWNEE – In a top-25 NAIA matchup, No. 24 Northwestern Oklahoma State battled the No. 10 Oklahoma Baptist Bison to trim a 13-point deficit with 10 minutes to go, but were unsuccessful, falling 70-65 in Shawnee on Saturday.
Oklahoma Baptist led early, going up eight points on Northwestern in the first half, but the Rangers clawed back to hold a 25-21 lead with 6:07 to go in the half. The Rangers slipped, letting the Bison close the half out on a 23-9 run to lead 44-32 at halftime.
The Bison held a double figure lead until the 8:25 mark in the second half. Northwestern trimmed that lead to three with an 18-8 run of its own, trailing 68-65 with 1:56 remaining. OBU added a pair of free throws to go up by five points with 39 seconds left. The Rangers were able to get three three-point attempts off, but were unsuccessful on all three.
Orren Tims and Marshall Bell combined for 44 of the Rangers’ 65 points. Tims kicked in 26 points, hitting 3-of-4 from three and 10-of-14 from the floor. Bell sunk the other four three-pointers for Northwestern and finished with 18 points.
The Rangers shot 41 percent, being outdone by their counterparts, who shot 46 percent. Both teams hit seven treys as the Bison had nine more free throws made in 11 more attempts. Northwestern was out-rebounded 42-27.
Maurice Foster led the Bison with a double-double of 23 points and 12 boards.
Northwestern (12-6, 6-4) will be in Texas next week to play Lubbock Christian University on Thursday, Jan. 20 in an 8 p.m. game and end the trip on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Tex.
Sun, January 16, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt