LUBBOCK, Tex. – The Northwestern men kept its winning streak alive in Lubbock, Tex., outscoring Lubbock Christian 16-9 in overtime to hang onto their sixth consecutive Sooner Athletic Conference win. The win kept the Rangers tied for third in the SAC along with Oklahoma Christian with 7-3 marks. Northwestern is now 12-6 on the season.
Brandon Dixon hit a free throw and Catrell Currie drained a three to spark the Rangers in the beginning of overtime. Northwestern was able to hang onto the lead in the extra period by four points or more.
Northwestern trailed the entire first half, and by as much as nine points, but got things turned around, and was down 34-32 at the half.
Lubbock Christian shot out of the gate as the second half begun, going on a 10-1 run to go up by 11 points.
With the Chaps ahead 58-48 at the 5:17 mark, Northwestern made a huge charge with an 11-5 run and took its first lead of the game with 1:47 left.
With LCU up 63-60, Brandon Brown hit a field goal with eight seconds left to pull the Rangers within a point. After a quick foul by Catrell Currie, followed by a NWOSU timeout, Lubbock’s Tommy Lane hit the front side of two free throws to extend the Chaps lead to 64-62. Brown rebounded the missed free throws and drove coast to coast to knot the game up at 64-64 with six seconds remaining and force the Rangers’ first overtime period of the season.
Three players hit 20 points or more and accounted for 63 of the Rangers’ 80 points. Termaine Snyder hit 10 field goals, a three and a free throw to lead NWOSU with 22 points. Brandon Brown scored 21 points with a two three-pointers and seven rebounds as Catrell Currie banged in six three-pointers on his way to 20 points.
As a team, Northwestern shot 46 percent. The Rangers were 9-of-22 from three-point range and converted 11-of-18 free throws.
The Rangers out rebounded LCU, 41-32, and scored 38 points in the paint.
Lubbock shot 44 percent and was 12-of-30 from three. Kenny Hewitt paced the Chaps with 20 points, including four three-pointers.
Northwestern (12-6, 7-3) will head to Plainview, Tex. on Saturday to play a 3 p.m. game against Wayland Baptist.
Fri, January 23, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt