SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. – Northwetern went into Siloam Springs up a game to John Brown in the conference standings, but after a comeback was cut short with the Rangers falling 60-58, Northwestern came out of Arkansas tied for third in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Both JBU an NWOSU have an 8-5 conference record and are a game out of second place Southern Nazarene and three games back of conference leader Oklahoma Baptist.
Northwestern was doubled up in the first half, being outscored 30-15 by John Brown. JBU used 65 percent shooting to do so and limited NWOSU to just 22 percent from the floor in the opening half, as the Golden Eagles used a 17-2 run before halftime.
After getting up by as many as 16 points with 16:48 to go, the Rangers closed the gap to six points at the 8:30 mark. NWOSU allowed JBU to go up by 11, but used a 14-6 run to trail by two after a three-pointer by Marshall Bell with 2:09 left to play.
The Golden Eagles sunk a pair of free throws, but NWOSU’s Orren Tims answered with an old-fashioned three-point play to narrow the lead to one point.
Coleson Rakestraw sunk a three-pointer with seconds remaining to put a dagger in the Rangers and up the advantage to four points. Brandon Harris answered the call with six seconds remaining as he hit a big trey to pull the Rangers within one. After a Northwestern foul, JBU hit the first of two free throws, and a last second half court heave ended up short giving the Golden Eagles the two-point win.
Harris hit four of the seven Rangers’ treys on his way to 14 points and six rebounds. Tims finished with 12 points and seven boards, while Marshall Bell had eight points.
Northwestern upped its average to 54 percent in the second half to shoot 37 percent on the night. The Rangers hit 5-of-9 three-pointers and were 12-of-14 from the free throw line.
JBU was guilty of 21 turnovers while shooting 53 percent. Rakestraw sunk six three-pointers and four free throws to lead the Golden Eagles with 22 points.
Northwestern (14-7, 8-5) will play six of its final nine games at home. The Rangers will host Rogers State on Saturday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. The annual Sports Hall of Fame Induction will take place at halftime of the men’s game.
Fri, January 28, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt