OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Termaine Snyder had a career night in the Rangers regular season finale against Mid-America Christian, scoring a career-high of 33 points, as the Rangers defeated MACU 78-75 in Oklahoma City.
The game went at through its fifth tie of the game at the half, knotted at 35-35.
Northwestern pulled away to an 11-point lead, ahead 54-43 with 14 minutes left, but the Evangels wouldn’t quit fighting, chipping away from a 10-point deficit with seven minutes remaining.
A 13-4 run by the Evangels got MACU right back in the thick of things, trailing by a point, down 70-69 with 2:42 remaining.
Northwestern went on a 7-1 run, leading 77-70 with 1:07 to go. The Evangels hit a free throw and field goal to trail by four, before Catrell Currie added a free throw to lead 78-73. MACU hit a field goal with time expiring to close the game out at 78-75.
Snyder’s career night also included a double-double of 33 points and 10 rebounds. He was 13-of-18 from the field, 3-of-5 from three and hit four free throws. Three other Rangers hit double figures, as Currie hit five three-pointers, a field goal and free throw for 18 points. Brandon Dixon also posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Brandon Brown added 10 points. Northwestern’s five starters accounted for all 78 points.
Northwestern shot 48 percent and was an impressive 11-for-24 from beyond the arc, however the Rangers free throw shooting struggled, making only 7-of-18.
Mid-America was lead by Brandon Williams and Tyron Goldsmith’s 17 points. The Evangels shot 42 percent on the night, hit eight three-pointers and were 17-of-24 from the free throw line.
The Rangers enter the Sooner Athletic Tournament at Lubbock, Tex. next week, beginning on Tuesday. Northwestern is the fourth seed and will receive a bye in the first round and begin play on Thursday. The Rangers will play the winner of the John Brown vs. St. Gregory’s game. Brackets and times for the tournament will be released Sunday afternoon at www.soonerathletic.org.
Sun, March 1, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt