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RANGERS EDGED BY LUBBOCK CHRISTIANLUBBOCK, Tex. – In their second game of the Texas swing, Northwestern was edged out 84-78 by Lubbock Christian University in Lubbock, Tex. on Saturday afternoon.


The game went through a pair of lead changes in the first half before LCU took a 33-32 lead at the break. LCU proceeded to score the first seven points of the second half used a 13-2 run nine minutes later to extend a 50-45 lead.


Northwestern came back from a 79-73 deficit with a minute to play, after Brandon Wooley hit a pair of field goals and a free throw, pulling the Rangers within two points, down 80-78 with 19 seconds. After the Rangers were forced to foul, Lubbock came through on their free throws down the stretch, making the final four attempts.


Four Rangers, including three starters, found double digits. Brandon Dixon led the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season. Brandon Brown scored 19 points and Marshall Bell hit four of the Rangers’ seven three-pointers, scoring 14 points. Wooley finished with 11 points.


Collectively, NWOSU was 41 percent on the afternoon, shooting 33 percent (7-of-21) from three and hitting 13 of 17 free throws. Northwestern had the edge in rebounding, ripping down 41 rebounds to 30 boards from Lubbock. The Rangers had 17 offensive rebounds, compared to four from the opposition.


Lubbock Christian had five double-digit scorers with Douglas Williams heading the Chaps with 21 points. The Chaps shot 52 percent and added 27 free throws of 28 Ranger fouls.


Northwestern (8-11, 3-9) will head to Shawnee on Thursday for an 8 p.m. game against St. Gregory’s University.