FAYETTE, Mo. – Brandon Brown nailed the game-winning shot for Northwestern while time was expiring, giving the Rangers a 77-75 overtime victory on the road against Central Methodist (Mo.) on Wednesday night.
A Brown three-pointer followed by a bucket from Jonathan Freemyer, put the Rangers up by six points with 1:36 to play. Central Methodist’s Matt Sherman added back-to-back three-pointers over the next 42 seconds to knot the game, but Brown busted the tie with his shot at the buzzer.
Northwestern held a 33-30 lead at the break as both teams shot 48 percent. The Rangers added one more three than CMU, making four in the first half, while both teams made three free throws.
The Rangers largest lead was only six points, twice, as the game featured eight ties.
Brown finished the night with 22 points, while he and three other Rangers scored 67 of Northwestern’s 77 points. Brown hit four three-pointers, while Marshall Bell had a game-high five treys on his way to scoring 15 points. Brandon Dixon kicked in 20 points, while Freemyer finished with 10.
Collectively, the Rangers shot 45 percent from the field and were even better from three-point range, hitting 11-of-20. CSU shot 54 percent on the night, however they were only able to capitalize on 6-of-16 three’s.
Rebounds were close, with the Rangers holding the 34-32 edge. Northwestern had 14 steals in the game, while Brown had four steals and Thiago Guilherme and Bell had three each.
The Rangers, now an undefeated 4-0, will be off until Monday at 8 p.m., when Northwestern opens Sooner Athletic Conference play against another 4-0 opponent in Oklahoma Christian.
Thu, November 19, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt