ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State had no trouble disposing of St. Gregory’s on Saturday night, routing the Cavaliers 85-67 in Alva. The victory left the Rangers in ninth place in the conference, two games behind Lubbock Christian.
After a close first half with SGU outshooting the Rangers 55 to 47 percent, Northwestern overcame the game’s fifth tie at the 1:09 mark, when Marshall Bell canned a three and Jonathan Freemyer added a field goal. Northwestern stepped in to the locker room with a 44-39 halftime advantage.
St. Gregory’s cut the lead to three points just after the start of the second half, but the Rangers came storming back using a 26-6 run to hold a 70-47 advantage with 11 minutes remaining. Northwestern had no trouble warding off the Cavaliers to close the game, holding at least a 16 point lead.
Both teams made 18 free throws and seven three-pointers, but the Rangers held the edge on the floor, hitting 30-of-64, as St. Gregory’s was only 21-of-51.
Marshall Bell led three Rangers in double figures with 25 points, including six three’s. Brandon Dixon added 18 points, while Brandon Brown scored 17 points and was responsible for Northwestern’s other three-pointer. Thiago Guillherme had a game-best 13 rebounds.
Northwestern (11-15, 6-13) turns around to play again on Monday, Feb. 22 in a home game against No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Sat, February 20, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt