LUBBOCK, Tex. – No. 25 Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers edged by the Chapparals of Lubbock Christian University on Thursday night, defeating LCU 79-76 on the road. The victory put the Rangers in a tie for third place in the conference with Rogers State at a 7-4 mark.
Northwestern pulled ahead to a 66-65 lead with 3:42 to go and warded off the Chaps for the final three minutes. The Rangers, who held a one-point, 76-75 lead with 16 seconds left, made their free throws down the stretch to hold onto the win.
Not only in the final score did the Rangers lead by three points, but NWOSU did so at the half, 37-34. Northwestern went up by as much as 12 points on LCU in the opening half, but 11 unanswered LCU points quickly closed the gap.
Jonathan Freemyer led all scorers with 21 points, hitting 9-of-14 from the field and added a pair of treys. Orren Tims finished with 16 points and Marshall Bell had 10. Bandon Harris missed a double-double by a point, scoring nine points and pulling down 10 defensive boards.
The Rangers shot 44 percent and hit nearly the same from beyond the arc, canning 8-of-19 (42 percent). Northwestern and LCU combined for 54 free throw attempts, with the Rangers hitting 19 and LCU sinking 18.
Lubbock Christian’s Kenny Hewitt scored 20 points, while Douglas Williams added 15.
Northwestern (13-6, 7-4), currently tied for third in the Sooner Athletic Conference, remains a game and a half back of the conference leader Oklahoma Baptist and is a half game away from second place Southern Nazarene. The Rangers will look for its first sweep in Texas on Saturday, as the Rangers tangle with Wayland Baptist University at 3 p.m. in Plainview.
Fri, January 21, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt