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RANGERS OUTLASTED IN OVERTIME AGAINST ROGERS STATEALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State lost a grueling battle to Rogers State in overtime on Thursday night, as the Hillcats took down Northwestern 81-79 in the Rangers final home game of the season.


After a 34-30 Rogers State halftime lead, Northwestern came out of the half scoring the first six points and led for the first eight minutes of the second half. Northwestern found itself down by as much as six points with 7:37 remaining, but countered to tie the game at 3:18, with the score 64-64. The Rangers established a four point lead with 1:52, but four RSU free throws led to a 70-70 at the end of regulation, sending the game to overtime.


In the overtime period, Northwestern used a 9-3 run to gain a 79-73 lead with 1:24 remaining. Rogers State halted the Rangers for the rest of the game, hitting four unanswered field goals and breaking a 79-79 tie with 41 seconds to go. John Boyd hit the game winning shot with eight seconds left and the Rangers failed to connect on a desperation shot to tie the game.


For the game, NWOSU was outshot by Rogers State, 52 to 39 percent, while NWOSU hit one more field goal. The Rangers hit four three’s while Rogers State upped NWOSU by one in that category, hitting five.


After 55 personal fouls, 37 points were made at the free throw line. Northwestern hit 17-of-30, while RSU connected on 20 free throws in 35 attempts.


Four-year starter and Northwestern’s second ranked scorer in men’s basketball history, Brandon Brown, hit a game-high of 24 points along with five steals. He was joined by the Rangers’ other senior, Brandon Dixon, who added 21 points and seven rebounds. Thiago Guilherme finished with 10 points and eight rebounds.


Northwestern (11-17, 6-15) plays its final game of the 2009-10 season on Saturday, Feb. 27 as the Rangers head to Siloam Springs, Ark. to take on John Brown University.