ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger men’s basketball team lost a battle with No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist at Percefull Fieldhouse on Thursday, falling 76-64 to the fifth ranked Bison. The second consecutive defeat in less than a week, put the Rangers in fifth place with a 7-5 Sooner Athletic Conference record. Brandon Brown hit 1,000 points exactly, as he hit two free throws with 1:28 left in the game.
Over the first ten minutes, the Rangers and Bison went through a tie and seven lead changes, until Oklahoma Baptist took a 16-15 lead.
Northwestern came back and led by four points, with just over three minutes to play, but OBU hit two free throws and a three-pointer to close the half out and go into intermission, up 34-31
The Rangers came out slow after the break, letting OBU go on a 9-0 run to open the second half. NWOSU closed the gap, 57-54, over the next eight minutes, but the Bison proved to be too much, taking a double digit lead with an 11-2 lead. Oklahoma Baptist held that lead virtually the remainder of the game and got away with a two-game sweep of the Rangers on the season.
Brown hit his 1,000 point of his illustrious three-year career, so far, as he hit both sides of a two-shot foul with 1:28 to go. He joined the 1,000 Point Club as the 20th member. He led the Rangers with 19 points as he hit a pair of three-pointers, in addition to seven field goals and three free throws.
Catrell Currie added 16 points along with three treys and Brandon Dixon had a double-double of 12 points and 15 boards. As a team, NWOSU shot 36 percent and hit seven three-point buckets.
Oklahoma Baptist made half of its shots, shooting 50 percent and making 5-of-11 three’s. Nate Brumfield had a game-high 25 points and was followed by Brent Jones’ 18 points.
Northwestern (12-8, 7-5) will meet St. Gregory’s in Shawnee for an 8 p.m. tipoff on Saturday, Jan. 31.
Thu, January 29, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt