ALVA, Okla. – The Northwestern Ranger basketball team had no trouble with USAO in the second half on Thursday night, defeating the Drovers 74-55 at home to improve to 8-6 on the season and to 3-4 in conference play.
The first half featured 10 lead changes before the Rangers eventually took a 32-27 halftime lead. A 14-5 second half run, put NWOSU up by 13 points and allowed the Rangers to lead by double figures for the final 10 minutes of the game.
Northwestern outshot its opposition, 41 to 39 percent. The Rangers connected on 6-of-17 from three, while holding USAO to just one three-pointer in 16 attempts. Northwestern also held the edge from the free throw line, hitting 20-of-29, as the Drovers were just 8-of-19.
The Rangers held a 48-35 advantage in rebounds as Marshall Bell drained four three’s for a game-high of 18 points. Daryl Glover was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line on his way to 17 points. Brandon Dixon had his sixth double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 boards. Cale Myers added three blocked shots in his first start of the season.
Northwestern (8-6, 3-4) heads to Bethany on Saturday, Jan. 9 for an 8 p.m. game with Southern Nazarene University.
Fri, January 8, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt