OKLAHOMA CITY – After taking down the No. 12 and No. 21 ranked team in the NAIA earlier in the week, Northwestern was handed a 92-83 road loss to Mid-America Christian on Saturday. The loss left the Rangers at 11-5 overall and at 5-3 in the conference, putting NWOSU in a three-way tie for third.
The Rangers trailed 46-37 at the half, as the Rangers out-shot the Evangels 54 to 49 percent. Northwestern canned six three pointers and limited MACU to two treys.
In the second half, the Evangels improved to 52 percent, while the Rangers nearly matched that, shooting 50 percent.
The game came down to free throws, as MACU hit 21 free throws compared to 12 Ranger free tosses.
Northwestern was guilty of 24 turnovers and was out-rebounded 40-33.
The Rangers shot better than the Evangels on the night, hitting 52 percent, while MACU hit 50 percent. Northwestern hit 11 treys, while Brandon Harris and Marshall Bell each had three three-pointers. Orren Tims paced NWOSU with 23 points and six rebounds. Harris finished with 12 points and Johnie Sanders scored 11.
Mid-America had four players in double figures that combined for 65 points. Nathan Pratt led the way for the Evangels with 22 points.
Northwestern (11-5, 5-3) takes on St. Gregory’s University on Thursday, Jan. 13 at Percefull Fieldhouse. The game will start at 8 p.m.
Sun, January 9, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt