ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger basketball team was on the short end of the stick on Saturday night, falling 69-55 to the Oklahoma City Stars at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Northwestern jumped out to a 10-5 lead, but a 14-2 OCU run put the Stars up by seven with nine minutes to play. The Rangers trimmed the lead to three at the half, down 29-26. Each team only hit one three-pointer in the opening half.
The Rangers used a 5-2 run to take back the lead after the start of the second half. The two teams went back and fourth through three more lead changes and two ties before the game was knotted at 50-50 with 7:09 to play.
OCU scored 10 unanswered points over the next two minutes and finished on a 9-5 run over the remaining five minutes to put away the Rangers.
Brandon Brown and Brandon Dixon scored 11 points each to lead NWOSU, while Daryl Glover had nine points. Dixon recorded his seventh double-double with 12 rebounds.
The Rangers were 24-of-63 (38 percent) from the field and struggled from beyond the arc, making 4-of-21. They also had trouble at the free throw line, going 3-of-15.
Oklahoma City shot 46 percent and was held to one three-pointer by the Rangers. Chris Brown led the Stars with 23 points.
Northwestern (8-9, 3-7) will head to Texas in the upcoming week for two games. Northwestern will take on Wayland Baptist in Plainview at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Sat, January 16, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt