ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger men’s basketball team’s valiant effort fell short in the final game of 2009, as NWOSU fell to William Penn (Iowa) 92-88 in overtime.
Northwestern overcame a 14-point second half deficit, down 54-40 with 13:19 to play, to come back and take a two point lead with 17 seconds remaining.
After a first half of seven lead changes and being behind 40-32 at the half, Northwestern used a 19-6 run over the final three minutes to take a 81-79 advantage. William Penn forced overtime as they hit a shot with just two seconds remaining.
In the overtime period, the Statesmen pulled away by six points with 1:21 to go, and held off the Rangers. Two Daryl Glover free throws with 12 seconds remaining put Northwestern down by three, but a foul followed by a William Penn free throw put the game out of reach with five seconds left.
Both squads shot 39 percent from the floor on the afternoon, with William Penn owning the three-point battle, hitting 12-of-28 from beyond the arc. NWOSU knocked down six treys in 18 attempts. After 60 combined fouls, the Rangers hit 26-of-39 from the free throw line, while William Penn converted on 30-of-36.
Turnovers were prevalent, as the Statesmen coughed the ball up 24 times, leading to 23 Ranger points. Northwestern was guilty of 19 turnovers, for 18 Statesmen points.
Five Rangers found double digits as Marshall Bell led the way in scoring 17 points along with three three-pointers. Daryl Glover added 16 points, while Kendrae Carter and Jonathan Freemyer both had 14 points. Brandon Dixon hit seven free throws on his way to 11 points. Thiago Guilherme had eight rebounds for Northwestern.
William Penn’s scoring attack was led by 20 points from Joel Stout, including 14 free throws, and 19 points from Kris Miller.
Northwestern (6-5, 1-3) resumes Sooner Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Jan. 2 when the Rangers take on John Brown (Ark.) in an 8 p.m. game at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Posted on Wed, December 30, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt