Northwestern Upsets No. 18 Oklahoma Christian for First SAC Win

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Northwestern Upsets No. 18 Oklahoma Christian for First SAC Win

Northwestern Upsets No. 18 Oklahoma Christian for First SAC WinEDMOND – Northwestern Oklahoma State battled back from a 15-point first half deficit, forcing an overtime that eventually led to a 76-67 Ranger victory over No. 18 Oklahoma Christian on Monday night in Edmond.

Jonathan Freemyer drained a three-pointer with 20 seconds to go in regulation, forcing overtime after a missed field goal in the closing seconds by Oklahoma Christian.

Northwestern held the lead for the entire five minute overtime period, outscoring OC 16-7.

The Rangers held an early lead to begin the game, but not before the Eagles led by their largest lead of the first half, 43-28, at the break. OC extended its lead to 16 points, 52-36, with 13:23 to go, but Northwestern countered with a 24-8 run to close out the second half and force overtime.

Northwestern capitalized off of 27 OC turnovers, coming up with 18 steals and 12 points off of turnovers. The Rangers shot 34 percent (25-of-73), added seven three-pointers out of 26 attempts and hit 19-of-29 from the free throw line.

Freemyer and Orren Tims both scored 22 points to lead Northwestern, with each hitting a pair of three-pointers. Tims picked up six steals while Freemyer had eight rebounds. Marshall Bell added two three’s and finished with 13 points. 

Oklahoma Christian hit 50 percent from the floor, but was limited on attempts due to turnovers. The Eagles were 28-of-56 from the field and hit just four three’s and converted on seven free throws. The Eagles out-rebounded NWOSU 49-33.

Northwestern (5-0, 1-0) heads to Columbia, Mo. for the Quality Inn Classic on Friday and Saturday in Columbia, Mo. The Rangers will play Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.) on Friday at 6 p.m. and follow on Saturday with a 3 p.m. game against host Columbia College (Mo.).