Northwestern moved to an undefeated 3-0 on the season after upsetting No. 19 Columbia College (Mo.) 60-55 on Friday of the Ranger Classic before downing Hillsdale Baptist College 95-73 on Saturday.
Against Columbia College, Northwestern held a six point lead in the first half, before trailing the final seven and a half minutes and going into the half down 33-24. The lead was quickly trimmed in the second half as the Rangers went on a 12-6 run.
The Cougars held that lead the Rangers finally took it back with just under nine minutes to go. Northwestern held onto the advantage, but not before the Cougars chipped away to come within a point at the 3:57 mark.
Northwestern got 16 points off of Columbia’s miscues and scored 17 points of off second chance points. Despite being outshot 33 to 40 percent for the game, Northwestern shot 10 percent better than Columbia in the second half. Both teams hit five three pointers, while Columbia hit only one more free throw than the Rangers, sinking 10.
Brandon Brown led the Rangers for the second straight game with 18 points, while Thiago Guilherme and Marshall Bell joined him in double figures. Guilherme scored 14 points along with a game-high eight rebounds and Bell finished with 13 points.
In the Rangers game against Hillsdale Baptist on Saturday afternoon, Northwestern shot 53 percent and outrebounded the Saints 46-30 in route to the 95-73 win.
The Rangers got 35 points off its bench as five players found double figures and all 12 players scored in the game. Brandon Dixon led the way with 16 points, while Brandon Brown added 14 points. Marshall Bell scored 13 points along with three three-pointers and Jonathan Freemyer and Thiago Guilherme had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
The Rangers (3-0) pick up action in Tulsa on Monday for a 7:05 p.m. exhibition with Oral Roberts University.
Posted on Sat, November 14, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt