ALVA, Okla. – The Ranger men’s basketball team recorded its’ second Sooner Athletic Conference victory of the year and first of the semester, as the Rangers defeated the Golden Eagles 72-65 in Alva.
The first half was nip-and-tuck and had seven lead changes during the first eight minutes. With the scored tied 24-24 with 3:13 left, the Rangers closed the half out with a four-point lead after Felipe Eichenberger hit two free throws and Catrell Currie closed out the half with a field goal.
Termaine Snyder hit back-to-back three’s after Cameron Davis began the second half with a field goal, giving NWOSU a 36-28 advantage. JBU scored the next eight points to knot the game at 39-39.
Northwestern extended its lead to the largest of the game, ahead 62-50 with five minutes to play and allowed JBU to get no closer than within six points before taking the 72-65 win.
Snyder paced NWOSU with 19 points and had six boards. Brandon Brown scored 15 points with three treys and Catrell Currie posted 12 points. The Rangers rounded up 12 steals and forced 19 Golden Eagle turnovers, resulting in 18 points off JBU turnovers. As a team, Northwestern shot 39 percent for the evening.
John Brown hit 37 percent of its shots and was led by Davaughn Jackson’s 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Northwestern (7-6, 2-3) will play Mid-America Christian at 2 p.m. on Thursday and host Oklahoma City at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Tue, January 6, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt