ALVA, Okla. (12-31-11) – Northwestern Oklahoma State University junior guard Marshall Bell became the 21st player in school history to enter the 1,000-Point Club, as the Rangers roll over the visiting Mid-America Christian Evangel on Saturday, 98-78.
Bell was one of seven Rangers who finished the game in double-figures as he ends up with 11 and a total of 1,001 points for his career. He now looks to continue to move up the career scoring list, pursuing the all-time Rangers leader Hank Commodore (1967-71) with 1,865.
A native of Katy, Texas, Bell also needs nine more three-point baskets to tie the school record of 219. He is the Northwestern career leader for three-point attempts, a mark he passed on Dec. 1 at Oklahoma Baptist.
Teammate Thiago Guilherme finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds for his second double-double in as many games. His rebound total led the Rangers, who have now pulled down 107 boards in the last two games after a 54 board performance at Kansas Wesleyan this past Wednesday.
Other Rangers with double-figure scoring against the Evangels was Jeremy Felton who led with 20, point guard Daryl Glover had 15, Jonathan Freemyer and Ryan Bruce joined Bell with 11 and Jesse Smith added 10. Smith’s total came in just seven minutes of action.
MACU’s Charlie Shorter hit half of his shots from the floor, converting 12 to lead all scorers with 33 points.
The Rangers took advantage of Evangel defensive breakdowns in the contest, recording 18 assists, just one shy of their season high total at Kansas Wesleyan.
Northwestern took at 32 point lead into the halftime break at 57-25. Quickly coming out of the break, the Rangers held a 35 point lead on the visitors. The Evangels cut the lead to 22 with about 10 minutes remaining the in the game, but that was as close as they would get.
The Rangers improve their overall record to 6-6 and their conference mark at 3-2. On Monday, they hit the road for an always tough contest at Oklahoma City University inside Abe Lemons Arena.
Originally schedule for an 8 p.m. start, the two squads will tip off on Monday evening.
Sat, December 31, 2011
by Eric Scott