No. 7 Bison bounce Rangers in conference showdown; Bell enters record book

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No. 7 Bison bounce Rangers in conference showdown; Bell enters record book

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SHAWNEE, Okla. (12-1-11) – Junior guard Marshall Bell found his way into the Northwestern Oklahoma State University record book on Thursday night in the Rangers loss at Oklahoma Baptist, 78-59.

Entering the contest, Bell needed just seven three-pointers to tie the career record for three-point attempts, knocking one down with just over six minutes remaining in the game to break the mark. He added another one just a minute later to extend the record to 541 for his career.

The two three-pointers made was a part of small flurry of Rangers baskets, including nine straight points by Bell, to cut the Bison lead to under 20. Northwestern was never able to get the lead to less than 15 points late in the contest.

Oklahoma Baptist had previously jumped out on the Rangers quickly in the first half, building up a 25-point lead heading into the locker room at the break.

The home team had trouble containing Jonathan Freemyer in the paint as he picked up 17 points and seven boards to lead the Rangers. Bell added a total of four threes on nine attempts, finishing as the only other Ranger in double figures with 16.

Bell now needs 17 three-point makes to tie the Northwestern career record, as well as 55 to reach the 1000-point club.

Despite a good rebounding night for Freemyer, as well as five from Daryl Glover and Andrew McNabb, the Rangers were outrebounded by the Bison, 41-34.

Up next for Northwestern is a match up with up-and-coming St. Gregory’s at home on Saturday. The Rangers and the Cavaliers are scheduled to tip following the women’s game at approximately 5 p.m.