CLAREMORE, Okla. – In their first game of 2009, the Ranger basketball team fell 88-77 to fifth ranked Rogers State in Claremore on Saturday night.
Northwestern and Rogers State battled in the first half, going through nine ties before being in a 43-43 deadlock at halftime.
The game went through three more ties during the beginning of the second half, before Rogers State extended its lead to nine points, up 63-54, with 10:35 left to go. Northwestern closed the gap to three points with 6:25 left, but a 7-0 run by RSU left the Rangers behind.
Northwestern shot 46 percent on the evening and hit 8-of-24 from three. Brandon Brown led the scoring charge for the Rangers with 18 points and five steals, while Termaine Snyder posted 15 points. Jason Rogers and Catrell Currie also had double figures as they both finished with 12 points.
Rogers State had four double figure scorers also, with two players scoring 18 points and two scoring 17. The Hillcats shot 56 percent from the field and were even better from three-point range, hitting 57 percent (4-of-7).
The Rangers (6-6, 1-3) host three games at Percefull Fieldhouse this week beginning with John Brown (10-3, 3-2) on Monday at 8 p.m. Northwestern will play Mid-America Christian on Thursday and Oklahoma City on Saturday. Both games begin at 8 p.m.
Mon, January 5, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt