OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – In a repeat of the 2007 Sooner Athletic Conference Championship between Northwestern Oklahoma State and Southern Nazarene, the 2011 Twid’s Sooner Athletic Conference Championship resulted the same way, as No. 14 Southern Nazarene came out victorious. The Crimson Storm downed the Rangers 66-52 at Abe Lemons Arena in Oklahoma City on Saturday night in Northwestern’s second SAC championship game appearance.
Northwestern struggled in the first half, scoring its second lowest first half output of the season with 19 points as the Rangers trailed 35-19. In the half, the Rangers shot 28 percent and hit just one three-pointer in eight attempts.
With the scored tied at 10-10 with 11:32 before intermission, Southern Nazarene closed the first half out with a 25-9 run.
The Crimson Storm extended its 16-point halftime lead to 20 points in the second half before Northwestern was able to trim it to 10 points at the 8:46 mark. SNU climbed back up to a 20-point lead with 2:52 remaining and the Rangers closed the game with a 9-4 run.
Northwestern’s second half shooting percentage went up to 38 percent to bump the Rangers field goal percentage on the night to 33 percent. NWOSU hit 7-of-22 three’s and hit seven free throws in nine attempts while holding SNU to 44 percent overall. The Crimson Storm struggled from beyond the arc, hitting 6-of-23, but added 14 free throws.
Orren Tims led all scorers with 19 points, hitting 7-of-17 from three, hitting a trey and adding four free throws. Tims led the Rangers with seven rebounds. Devondrick Walker had nine points, while Marshall Bell and Daryl Glover both had six points.
The Crimson Storm won the rebounding advantage, 43-30. Four players had double digits as C.J. Henry led with 13 points.
Bell, Tims and Jonathan Freemyer were named to the all-tournament squad.
Northwestern (22-10) will find out its fate next week whether they will receive an at large bid andl make a trip to the NAIA National Championship in Kansas City.
The final regular season NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll and 32-Championship qualifiers will be officially announced on Wednesday, March 9 by 3 p.m. CST. That announcement will be made on www.NAIA.org.
Sun, March 6, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt