OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Ranger basketball team hung around Oklahoma City University on Thursday night at Abe Lemmons Arena, before OCU used a 9-1 run over the final three minutes to take a 78-65 win.
Northwestern came back from a 19-13 deficit in the first half, scoring eight unanswered points, to take a 21-19 lead. The Stars countered with an 18-6 run to go up by 10 points, 37-27, just before OCU took a 40-32 halftime advantage.
The Rangers shot 42 percent in the first half, but were out-matched by OCU’s 52 percent in the opening stanza. Oklahoma City improved to 54 percent in the second half to overcome several close calls that the Rangers forced on the Stars lead.
Northwestern matched its first half shooting percentage, hitting 42 percent from the field in the second half. The Rangers canned 7-of-20 three-pointers and hit six free throws in 11 attempts. Brandon Dixon grabbed his 10th double-double of the season to lead the Rangers with 19 points and 12 rebounds, 10 of which were defensive. Brandon Brown was the other Ranger with double figures, scoring 10 points.
OCU’s Chris Brown and Kavon Lytch led the Stars with 20 points each.
The Rangers (10-13, 5-11) will host Mid-America Christian at 4 p.m. at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 13. Hall of Fame inductions will take place at halftime of the game.
Fri, February 12, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt