ALVA, Okla. – Lubbock Christian came from behind and held a lead over the remaining seven minutes, defeating the Rangers in Northwestern’s second SAC meeting of the year. LCU defeated Northwestern 74-71 on Thursday night.
Brandon Dixon scored 15 points in the opening half to aid in the Rangers 38-37 halftime lead.
After 12 lead changes, LCU was able to hold on and extend its lead to as much as eight points, using a 12-4 run to ward off the Rangers late charge. Northwestern was able to trim the lead down to five points with 31 seconds remaining, when a Brandon Dixon field goal put the Rangers down by three. After a missed LCU shot with just ticks remaining, a three-quarter court shot failed for the Rangers in their last hope.
Despite outshooting Lubbock Christian 48 to 45 percent, Northwestern gave up 12 three-pointers to the visiting Chaps. The Rangers hit 5-of-15 three-pointers, as both teams each hit six free throws. Dixon added 10 second half points to lead NWOSU with 25 points, while collecting a double-double with 12 rebounds. Brandon Brown finished with 14 points and Marshall Bell canned three three’s to score 11.
LCU was paced by Douglas Williams’ 28 points and Al Duvall’s 17.
Northwestern (5-3, 0-2) will play Wayland Baptist (Tex.) in a 3 p.m. game on Saturday at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Fri, December 4, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt