ALVA, Okla. – After two halves and four overtime periods, Northwestern fell in a heartbreaking Sooner Athletic Conference opener to No. 16 Oklahoma Christian, falling 102-100 in Percefull Fieldhouse on Monday night.
In a game that featured 20 lead changes and 13 ties, Oklahoma Christian held on in the fourth overtime, outscoring Northwestern 7-5. OC hit a layup with just over a minute to go, before Jackson Kajander hit a three to pull the Rangers within two points, but a failed Ranger three-pointer led to Oklahoma Christian’s hard-earned victory.
Northwestern took a 33-26 lead to the locker room, but OC tied the game after reversing the role in the second half to outscore NWOSU 43-36. Both teams scored seven points in the first overtime, 10 in the second and nine each in the third.
The Rangers shot 41 percent on the night, hitting 36 percent from beyond the arc and converting on 23-of-41 free throws. Brandon Brown scored a game-high 28 points that included 12 free throws. Four other Rangers found double digits including Marshall Bell, who finished with 19 points, Thiago Guilherme scored 16 points, Jonathan Freemyer added 14 points and Brandon Dixon accounted for 11. Guilherme earned a double-double with 14 of the Rangers 49 rebounds.
The Eagles shot nearly 50 percent, hitting 39-of-79 of its shots from the field. OC shot 55 percent from three, hitting 11-of-20, but free throw shooting failed, while the Eagles hit only 13-of-33 from the charity stripe. OC was led by Jason Taylor’s 27 points.
Northwestern (4-1, 0-1) will head to the Regis University/Colorado School of Mines Classic in Denver, Colo. on Nov. 27 and 28. On Friday, the Rangers take on Regis University at 7 p.m. followed by a 5 p.m. game with Colorado School of Mines on Saturday.
Tue, November 24, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt