ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern advanced to 2-0 on the early season as the Rangers downed old rival Southwestern Oklahoma State University 78-63 at Percefull Fieldhouse on Monday. The Rangers made 23-of-29 (79 percent) from the free throw line to defeat their NCAA Division II rivals.
Catrell Currie hit a quick trey to start things off, but the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run during the first four minutes to jump to a 14-3 lead. The Rangers battled back and erased a 10-point deficit, down 27-17 with 8:30 to go in the first half, then tied the game up at 30-30 with a 13-3 run.
The teams went through two more ties before Currie hit the final two points of the half to pull the Rangers within one, 39-38.
NWOSU pulled away by six during the first five minutes of the second half and extended its lead to double digits midway throughout the half. The Rangers continued the double figure lead for nearly the rest of the game.
The Rangers hit their free throws when it counted, draining 14-of-16 in the first half and 9-of-13 in the second. As a team, NWOSU shot 42 percent and was 5-of-15 from beyond the arc. Northwestern scored 31 points off of 24 SWOSU turnovers.
Termaine Snyder was 6-of-11 from the field and led the Rangers with 20 points and six rebounds. Brandon Dixon followed with 13 points and six boards, while Jason Rogers posted 10 points. Currie had nine points and Cameron Davis and Brandon Brown each had seven.
Northwestern will remain home for the next two games. They will host Lindenwood (Mo.) on Friday at 8 p.m. and then play Central Methodist (Mo.) on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Mon, November 3, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt