Edmond, Okla. – After game one between Northwestern and Oklahoma Christian wasn’t enough being settled in four overtimes, the Rangers and No. 4 Eagles battled again, this time with OC sneaking by with a three-point margin of victory, 70-67, during regulation play.
Northwestern couldn’t hold onto a 26-19 lead with 4:18 before the half, as Oklahoma Christian closed the half on an 8-3 run, trailing to the Rangers 29-27.
The Rangers held the lead for the majority of the second half and were up by as much as six points with 4:07 to go in the game. With Northwestern up 61-55, OC scored 12 unanswered points to take a 67-61 lead with 1:42 on the clock.
An OC turnover and two missed free throws, led to a three-pointer by Jackson Kajander to narrow the margin to three points. Two more missed free throws by the Eagles resulted in a Brandon Wooley bucket to cut the game to 67-66 with 26 seconds remaining. Marshall Bell added a free throw to pull Northwestern back within two points, but OC’s Jason Taylor hit the back end of a two-shot foul with 14 seconds remaining to extend the lead to three. A last second desperation three-pointer failed for the Rangers, giving Oklahoma Christian their second hard-fought win against Northwestern.
Brandon Dixon recorded his fifth double-double on the season to lead the Rangers with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Wooley scored 12 points, while Jonathan Freemyer finished with 10. Northwestern shot 43 percent as a team and was 6-of-19 from three. The Rangers struggled at the line, hitting 11-of-22 from the charity stripe.
Oklahoma Christian’s Jason Taylor paced the Eagles with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Northwestern (6-4, 1-3) will be idle until December 30, when they take on William Penn University at Percefull Fieldhouse at 3 p.m.
Tue, December 8, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt