ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team turned it on in the second half and earned a much needed win 87-83 over Wayland Baptist at Percefull Fieldhouse on Saturday afternoon.
NWOSU struggled in the first half and went to the locker room down six points. However, Andrew Brown's squad turned up the intensity to begin the second half. Eze Akwari nailed a three on the team's opening possession to cut the lead to three.
Jeremy Felton's three point play with nine minutes to go highlighted a 7-0 giving the Rangers the lead for good. That lead marked the first time the Rangers had the lead since about midway through the first half.
The Rangers (11-12, 8-8 Sooner Athletic Conference) pulled away with an 8-2 run spanning over three minutes. Daryl Glover hit two free throws with a minute to go to seal the victory for the Rangers. NWOSU attacked the basket all game long getting to the free throw line 33 times and knocked down 24 of those attempts.
Juniors Jonathan Freemyer and Marshall Bell each had huge games. Freemyer scored 22 while Bell added 21. Felton added 15 points while Glover added 13.
The Rangers will conclude a stretch of four consecutive home games with a game Thursday against Rogers State.
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Sat, February 4, 2012
by Allan Scarabello