WICHITA FALLS, TEX. – Despite a three-point halftime lead, Northwestern Oklahoma State fell 86-69 to NCAA Division II Midwestern State University on Thursday night.
Midwestern State led by as much as six points midway through the first half, but the Rangers gradually closed the gap and led 38-35 after Daryl Glover’s jumper went in with 30 seconds left.
The Rangers held onto the lead for the first three minutes of the second half. Midwestern State went on a 31-9 run and held an 18-point advantage, up 71-53 at the 6:45 mark.
Northwestern cut the lead to nine points with 1:16 to play, as Marshall Bell hit his fourth three-pointer of the night, but Midwestern State followed up scoring the final eight points unanswered.
The Mustangs lit it up in the second half, shooting 61 percent from the floor and 55 percent (6-11) from beyond the arc. Midwestern finished the night shooting 53 percent.
Three players combined for 48 points, as Orren Tims led the way for NWOSU with 21 points. Bell’s four treys led him on his way to 16 points and Glover finished with 11 points.
As a team, Northwestern shot 42 percent and hit 8-of-20 from three-point range.
Midwestern had two 20-plus scorers in Chris Hagan’s game-high of 28 points and Michael Loyd’s 20 points.
Northwestern (8-3, 3-1) will play its final game of the Fall semester on Wednesday, Dec. 29 when the Rangers host Avila (Mo.). Tipoff is set for 3 p.m.
Fri, December 17, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt