ALVA – The Ranger basketball team upset its second NAIA ranked opponent this week, as Northwestern won a 82-74 overtime battle with No. 21 Oklahoma City at Percefull Fieldhouse on Thursday night. With its win against No. 12 Southern Nazarene on Monday and Thursday’s victory, the Rangers advanced to 11-4 on the season and to 5-2 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, putting them in second place.
After nine first half lead changes, the Rangers took a 38-34 lead into halftime. Northwestern was up as much as seven points before its lead dwindled. At the 7:45 mark, Oklahoma City took its first lead of the second half, as the game experienced its 10th lead change.
With 1:59 to play, Oklahoma City held a 66-62 advantage, but a pair of free throws by Marshall Bell with 32 seconds remaining and a field goal from Bell at the free throw line with nine seconds left, forced the game into overtime with the scored tied 66-66.
OCU opened the overtime period scoring the first four points. An Eze Akwari three-pointer followed by two free throws from Orren Tims aided in a Ranger lead that was to not be reckoned with, as the Rangers outscored the Stars 16-8 in OT.
Despite the fact that OCU outshot NWOSU 52 to 39 percent, Northwestern was able to convert on 10-of-31 from beyond the arc.
Both teams received 28 points off its bench, while NWOSU led in rebounds, 44-36.
Orren Tims poured in 22 points in the win, hitting a three-pointer, six field goals and nine free throws. Jonathan Freemyer came away with a double-double of 15 points, including three treys, and 12 rebounds. Johnie Sanders finished with 11 points, while Marshall Bell added 10.
Northwestern (11-4, 5-2) will cap its three-game week off at Mid-America Christian on Saturday in Oklahoma City for an 8 p.m. start.
Posted on Thu, January 6, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt