LATE SURGE FALLS SHORT FOR RANGERS AGAINST WAYLAND BAPTIST

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LATE SURGE FALLS SHORT FOR RANGERS AGAINST WAYLAND BAPTIST

LATE SURGE FALLS SHORT FOR RANGERS AGAINST WAYLAND BAPTISTPLAINVIEW, Tex. – Northwestern Oklahoma State used a 9-2 run with two minutes remaining against Wayland Baptist, closing a 12-point gap, but couldn’t seal the deal as the Pioneers came away with a 58-51 victory at the Hutcherson Center in Plainview, Tex. on Thursday night.

 

In a slow first half for the Rangers, Northwestern scored only 15 points, hitting only 4-of-18 from the floor and adding six free throws. The Rangers did, however, take an early 7-4 lead, but WBU erased it with a 16-3 run. The Pioneers took a 26-15 lead into the half and led the rest of the contest.

 

Northwestern improved to 47 percent shooting in the second half, but Wayland Baptist topped that, shooting 50 percent. The Rangers converted on just 3-of-16 three-point attempts and added 12 points from the line on the night.

 

Brandon Dixon’s 17 points and five rebounds topped the Rangers scoring efforts. Marshall Bell hit one of the three Ranger three’s on his way to scoring nine points.

 

The Pioneers were sparked by Bobby Watkins double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while Wayland Baptist shot 40 percent for the game.

 

The Rangers, now 8-10 overall and 3-8 in the SAC, finish the week in Lubbock, Tex. against Lubbock Christian University in an 8 p.m. game on Saturday, Jan. 23.