PLAINVIEW, Tex. – The Ranger basketball team completed its first ever sweep during the Texas road swing since joining the Sooner Athletic Conference in 2001-02. Northwestern did so on Saturday afternoon in a 64-46 win over Wayland Baptist in Plainview. The Rangers downed Lubbock Christian on Thursday.
After a slow start, Northwestern held a 15-13 lead midway through the first half. NWOSU used a 21-11 run to close out the half and hold a 36-24 advantage at halftime.
The Rangers allowed the Pioneers to get within seven points, but Northwestern responded to outscore WBU 12-2 over the next four minutes to maintain a 17-point lead. Northwestern had no trouble holding a double figure lead over the final 15 minutes.
Northwestern shot 43 percent from the field, hitting five three-pointers, all in the first half. The Rangers were just held to four free throws, coming up empty on all four attempts.
The Rangers held the opposition to 31 percent shooting, while WBU hit four treys and sunk 16-of-19 from the line.
NWOSU’s bench out-scored WBU’s reserves, 28-7. The Rangers also led in rebounding, 40-30.
Three Rangers had double digit points as Thiago Guilherme led the way with 16 points. Jonathan Freemyer wasn’t far behind with 15 points and Marshall Bell added 11.
Northwestern, now 14-6 overall and 8-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference will round out its four-game road trip with an 8 p.m. tipoff with John Brown (Ark.) in Siloam Springs on Thursday, Jan. 27.
Sat, January 22, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt