ALVA – The Ranger basketball team started off the season on the right foot, defeating Kansas Wesleyan 82-71 at Percefull Fieldhouse on Tuesday evening.
In the first half, the game went up and down, despite the Rangers leading the entire game. Northwestern started with an 11-2 lead, but KWU cut the lead to two at a 16-14 margin. The Rangers picked it up again to take an 11-point lead with 9:21 until the half, but not before the Coyotes trimmed that lead to two, 30-28, at the 6:31 mark. Northwestern used a 10-3 run to close the half out and take a 40-31 halftime lead into the locker room.
Northwestern held Kansas Wesleyan off the entire second half, as the Coyotes got within a point with 12:47 left. NWOSU held a double digit or near a double figure lead for the remainder of the game.
The Rangers held the hot hand at the free throw line, converting 28-of-33 attempts. Northwestern shot 43 percent from the floor and hit 8-of-24 from three-point range.
Four players contributed double figures, as newcomer Orren Tims led the way with 26 points. Tims had four field goals, a three and hit all but one free throw in 18 attempts. Marshall Bell canned four three-pointers on his way to 16 points, while Thiago Guilherme scored 12. Jonathan Freemyer had the first double-double of the year, scoring 11 points and leading the Rangers with 13 boards.
The Rangers (1-0) take to the road on Saturday, Nov. 6 when they play the College of the Ozarks at 3:15 p.m. in Point Lookout, Mo.
Wed, November 3, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt