Rangers Suffer First Loss, Split Games at Quality Inn Classic

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Rangers Suffer First Loss, Split Games at Quality Inn Classic

Rangers Suffer First Loss, Split Games at Quality Inn ClassicCOLUMBIA, MO. – After a 77-60 victory over Hannibal-LaGrange College (Mo.) on Friday, Northwestern suffered its first loss of the season in a 65-49 game to Columbia College (Mo.) on Saturday at the Quality Inn Classic in Columbia, Mo.

Jonathan Freemyer and Orren Tims combined for 38 points and were the only double figure scorers for Northwestern against Hannibal-LaGrange. Freemyer had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Tims scored 18 points. Both players hit eight shots from the floor and added a three-pointer.

The game went through seven lead changes in the first half, before Northwestern closed the half out on a 6-0 run. 

The Rangers shot 44 percent for the game, hitting 31-of-71. Six different players hit a three-pointer and NWOSU was 9-of-15 from the free throw line. Northwestern scored 16 points off of 20 Hannibal-LaGrange turnovers.

In Saturday’s afternoon game with host school Columbia College, the Rangers and Cougars went through eight lead changes in the first 16 minutes of the game. Columbia College used a 10-0 run to close the half and take a 27-16 lead into the locker room. Northwestern was held at 16 points during the last seven minutes of the first half.

The Cougars held a double figure lead for the remainder of the game and shot a stellar 85 percent from the field in the second half, canning 17-of-20 shots from the field. 

Northwestern shot 31 percent and hit six three-pointers, as Tims paced NWOSU with 15 points. Devondrick Walker scored 11 points and Freemyer followed with six.

Columbia College finished shooting 52 percent on the afternoon and was led by Darnell Moore’s 14 points.

Northwestern, now 6-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, picks up SAC conference action on Thursday, as the Rangers travel to Claremore to take on Rogers State at 8 p.m.