ALVA, Okla. – The No. 24 Northwestern Ranger basketball team extended its undefeated mark in Percefull Fieldhouse to 11 games with a 95-89 win over Mid-America Christian.
In a back and forth game in which both teams shot better than 50 percent, 23 lead changes and 13 ties took place.
Northwestern edged MACU in the first half to lead 41-40 at the break. Neither team was able to get on top by more than three points as 17 lead changes occurred.
The Rangers held their biggest lead of the night, an 82-69 advantage with 7:21 to go. Mid-America chipped into that lead with an 18-5 run to tie the game at 87-87 at the 1:37 mark.
Northwestern went up by two points before the final tie of 89-89 took place with 51 ticks left. Brandon Harris converted a pair of free throws to take give the Rangers a two point lead, followed by a Daryl Glover field goal and Jonathan Freemyer hit a pair of free throws for the six-point victory.
Both teams shot well as Northwestern hit a season-best 57 percent. The Rangers were 31-of-54 from the field, knocked down 10-of-20 from three-point range and stuck 23-of-28 at the free throw line.
The trio of Marshall Bell, Orren Tims and Freemyer combined for 69 of NWOSU’s 95 points. Freemyer and Tims each had 25 points, while Bell hit five three’s on his way to scoring 19 points.
Mid-America shot 53 percent and hit 15 treys as the Evangels scored 45 points from beyond the arc. They Evangels were headed by Nathan Pratt’s 33 points, who also buried five three-pointers.
Northwestern (16-7, 10-5) sits two and a half games back of conference leader Oklahoma Baptist and are a game and a half back of second placed Southern Nazarene. The Rangers will square up with Southern Nazarene on Thursday, Feb. 10 in an 8 p.m. tipoff in Bethany.
Sun, February 6, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt