ALVA – The Ranger basketball team cruised to an easy victory over Avila (Mo.) University in Northwestern’s last non-conference game of the season. On Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers picked up a 77-56 over the Eagles in Percefull Fieldhouse.
Northwestern ran away with the game in the first half, holding Avila to just three points in the first ten minutes. The Eagles didn’t hit their second field goal until the 9:21 mark in the first half.
After shooting only 18 percent, Northwestern held the Eagles to a 47-20 halftime lead.
Avila trimmed the lead by as much as 15 points, using a 26-12 run after the break. The Rangers had no trouble holding them off for the rest of the game in route of the 77-56 win.
Marshall Bell scored 19 points with four three-pointers to lead NWOSU. Orren Tims hit six field goals and three free throws on his way to scoring 15 points and combined for a double-double with 13 rebounds. Jonathan Freemyer poured in 10 points.
The Rangers shot 42 percent and held the Eagles to 29 percent on the afternoon. Northwestern was 9-of-28 from three.
NWOSU (9-3, 3-1) picks up conference play on Saturday, Jan. 1 as the Rangers travel to Chickasha to take on USAO in an 8 p.m. tipoff.
Thu, December 30, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt