ALVA, Okla. (11-7-11) — Jonathan Freemyer and company escaped with a very physical victory on Monday as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team topped Our Lady of the Lake (Texas), 108-92.
Freemyer finished one point shy of tying his career high, as he dropped a game high 26 points in the win. Fellow big man Jeremy Felton did his part with 20 points as well.
The Rangers had plenty of opportunities for free points as the night went along, attempting an amazing 48 free throws in the contest, breaking a 30-year old school record of 47 attempts against Phillips University in 1981. The Rangers converted on 31 of the attempts, one shy of a school record.
A total of 61 personal fouls, and one technical foul, were called in the game.
The up-tempo offense of the Saints caught the Rangers off guard in the first couple of minutes, as the Saints took an early six point lead. However, the home team settled down, going on a 17-5 run over the next four minutes of play.
The Saints battled their way back to within one at 24-23 with 12 minutes to go in the first half, but a pair of free throws by Freemyer halted the momentum the visitor’s were building.
Northwestern had no trouble offensively in the first half, playing to the Saints style of play, building as much as a 19-point lead late in the first stanza, eventually taking the lead into the locker room at the break, 57-47,
Freemyer picked up 18 of his total points in the fast paced first half, with the Rangers dominating the paint. The Rangers shot 20-for-33 in the first 20 minutes at 60.6-percent.
Our Lady of the Lake’s only other lead of the game came within the first four minutes of the second half as the Rangers defense was caught off guard once again. However, Felton converted on a big basket in the paint, following a Saint turnover, to regain the lead.
When it was all said and done, the Rangers’ balanced offense and depth was too much for the Saints late. Northwestern scored the final nine points of the game to close out the pesky Saints.
Northwestern finished the contest shooting 57-percent from the field.
Other than Freemyer and Felton, Daryl Glover and Marshall Bell each finished with double-digit outputs at 19 and 18 points respectively. Glover knocked down 13 shots from the line.
In an exhibition game last week, the Saints forced Big 12 conference member Texas Tech to 30 turnovers. However, the veteran Ranger offense only turned the ball over 18 times in the victory.
The Rangers (2-0) still have a tough week ahead of them as they travel to the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic. On Friday, they will take on NCAA Div. II No. 11 Central Oklahoma at 3 p.m. in Weatherford, followed by a contest against Southwestern Oklahoma State at 7:30 on Saturday night.
Mon, November 7, 2011
by Eric Scott