CLAREMORE, Okla. - Marshall Bell's 20 points was not enough for the Northwestern Oklahoma State men's basketball team to defeat No. 8 Rogers State on Saturday as the Rangers fell 79-68 to the Hillcats.
The Rangers (7-10, 4-6 Sooner Athletic Conference) stayed close with the Hillcats but were unable to lead for the final 32 minutes of the game. A jumper by bell with eight minutes remaining in the first half put the Rangers within one but the Hillcats were able to outscore the Rangers 18-11 for the remainder of the half.
Jeremy Felton made a basket five minutes in to the second half that put the Rangers within four points but Kendrell Thompson hit a triple to extend the lead to seven. Thompson hit another three to extend the lead to double digits with just over 10 minutes to go.
The Rangers were unable to get the lead below double digits after that point despite winning the turnover battle 22-10.
Jeremy Felton and Daryl Glover each scored 15 to round out NWOSU's double digit scorers.Glover and Thiago Guilherme each finished with a team-high five rebounds.
The Rangers will return to action on Thursday at 8 p.m. against Oklahoma Baptist.
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Posted on Sat, January 14, 2012
by Allan Scarabello