ALVA, Okla. – Three late three pointers kept the Northwestern men in the thick of it against No. 3 Oklahoma Baptist on Monday night, but the Bison prevailed, taking Northwestern 95-91.
Down 90-82 with 32 seconds to play, Brandon Brown sunk a three-pointer to pull NWOSU within five. OBU converted a free throw and then Brown’s heroics came through again, with another trey to put the Rangers down 91-88. The Rangers were forced to foul and OBU sunk both free throws with 17 seconds left, but Marshall Bell hit the Rangers third-consecutive three-point attempt with four seconds remaining to trail 93-91. Northwestern was forced to foul and OBU put the game out of reach, making both free throws.
The first half was nip-and-tuck, as six leads changes and two ties were had. Northwestern finished the first half down 44-40 at intermission.
Oklahoma Baptist got ahead by as much as seven points with 12:25 to play, but NWOSU responded with a 13-6 run to tie the game for the third time at 68-68.
Marshall Bell scored 21 points with the help of five three-pointers, leading the efforts for the Rangers. Brandon Brown had 19 points and Daryl Glover and Thiago Guilherme also found double figures, scoring 14 and 11 points, respectively.
As a team, Northwestern shot 47 percent for the game and hit 10-of-21 three’s. The Rangers were 13-of-17 from the line.
Oklahoma Baptist received 31 points off of free throws and shot 50 percent on the night. Nate Brumfield scored 30 points to lead the Bison, hitting 18-of-22 from the charity stripe.
The Rangers (11-16, 6-14) will host Rogers State University on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. in the finale of the three-game homestand.
Tue, February 23, 2010
by Ryan Hintergardt