NCAA Div. I Texas State slips by Rangers late in exhibition battle

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NCAA Div. I Texas State slips by Rangers late in exhibition battle

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (11-27-11) – It was a battle until the end, but the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball squad fell to NCAA Div. I Texas State in exhibition action on Sunday, 74-72.

Texas State is currently a member of the Southland Conference, joining the Western Athletic Conference in 2012.

From the opening possession, the Rangers pounced on the Bobcats as Jonathan Freemyer found Marshall Bell for a layup. Freemyer and Eze Akwari each then hit couple of three-pointers to give the Rangers an 8-0 lead out of the gate.

After the Bobcats cut the lead to three, the Rangers quickly answered with 15 minutes to go in the first half as Daryl Glover knocked down yet another Ranger three-point basket.

Northwestern had their largest lead of the evening on the Bobcats at 14, after a couple of free-throws off the finger tips of Akwari.

However, Texas State closed the half by outscoring Northwestern, 19-8. The Rangers took just a three-point lead in to intermission.

Just as they started off the game, the Rangers scored their first basket of the second half just 12-seconds into play as Freemyer found Thiago Guilherme for a layup. Following a Bobcat miss, Bell knocked down another three to put the visitors up eight.

Bell hit three shots from behind the arc for his total of 13 points, while Freemyer led all scorers in the game with 17. Glover added 14 points for the Rangers.

With 12 minutes remaining in the ball game, the Rangers found themselves looking up at the Bobcats, 47-44. Fortunately, Glover hit a long range basket for his first three of eight straight points, putting Northwestern back up four.

Over the final ten minutes of the game, both teams battled back and forth, with four points separating either team. During that stretch, there were four ties and two lead changes.

The Rangers outrebounded the Bobcats 38-to-32 with Freemyer leading the way with 10 boards and Akwari pulled down eight. Akwari also had five of the Rangers 14 assists.

Northwestern was efficient from the field, finishing the contest shooting 45.6-percent from the field, including a total of 32 points in the paint. They also knocked down eight shots from behind the three-point line.

Texas State recognized the game as a regular season contest, while the game was schedule as an exhibition for the Rangers.

Up next for the Rangers (3-4, 1-0) is a very tough road conference game at nationally ranked Oklahoma Baptist. The No. 7 Bison are 6-0 during the first month of the season.