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RANGERS TAKE USAO 69-55CHICKASHA, Okla. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State men won two of its last three games, defeating USAO 69-55 in Chickasha on Saturday night.


The first half was nip-and-tuck with three ties, before NWOSU came away with a 39-37 lead at the half. For the first eight minutes of the second half, the game remained a back-and-forth battle, until the Rangers broke a 49-49 tie, closing out the game with a 20-6 run.


Northwestern’s defense came on strong in the second half, holding the Drovers to just 16 second half points, limiting USAO to 6-of-23 from the field and to just one three pointer.


The Rangers took advantage of USAO’s turnovers, scoring 20 points off of 15 miscues. Northwestern shot 40 percent on the evening, while hitting 4-of-15 from beyond the arc.


Brandon Dixon paced Northwestern with 19 points and picked up seven rebounds. Brandon Brown wasn’t far behind Dixon with 17 points and Daryl Glover kicked in 11.


Northwestern (10-12, 5-10) travels to Oklahoma City on Thursday, Feb. 11 for an 8 p.m. game against Oklahoma City University.