ALVA, Okla. – Freshman Marshall Bell hit eight three-pointers and scored a season-high 33 points for Northwestern in the Rangers’ first Sooner Athletic Conference win of the season, pounding Wayland Baptist 87-61 at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Northwestern pulled away by double digits seven different times in the first half and took a 43-32 lead into halftime. For the majority of the second period, Northwestern held a double figure lead and led by as many as 29 points.
Northwestern hit 54 percent of its shots, including even better on three-point attempts, shooting 65 percent (11/17) from beyond the arc. The Rangers chipped in 18 of 27 free throws.
Bell led all scorers with 33 points, along with 16 first half points. Three other Rangers found double digits, with Jonathan Freemyer and Brandon Dixon both scoring 15 points. Thiago Guilherme posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Northwestern’s bench brutalized the Wayland bench, outscoring the Pioneers 53-3.
Wayland Baptist shot 46 percent on the afternoon and was led by Jason Griffin’s 24 points.
Northwestern (6-3, 1-2) will play Oklahoma Christian in Edmond on Monday, Dec. 7 in an 8 p.m. game.
Sat, December 5, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt