Northwestern men run into surging Eagles in loss

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Northwestern men run into surging Eagles in loss

EDMOND, Okla. (12-1-11) – The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team fell victim at the hands of Oklahoma Christian on Tuesday night in Edmond, 71-53.

The two squads each struggled offensively with the Eagles holding a bucket lead at halftime, 26-24. Through the first ten minutes of the contest, the two teams traded leads three separate times, with either team’s biggest lead being no more than a three point deficit.

However, Oklahoma Christian jumped out to a ten point 14:24 to go in the game following a run by the home team.

The Rangers were able to cut it to an eight point Eagle lead with 7:34 when Marshall Bell knocked down a pair of buckets from the charity stripe. Unfortunately, that was the closest the Rangers would get to the surging Eagles.

Both Northwestern and the Eagles were receiving votes in the most recent NAIA Div. I Coaches’ Poll.

Bell was the only Ranger to finish in double-figures in the contest with 11. However, all but one Northwestern player that saw the floor finished with at least two points.

Despite out-rebounding the Eagles, the home team shot 50 percent in the second and knocked down 11-of-14 free throws to help expand the difference late. On the flip side, Northwestern only got to the line 11 times.

One aspect that hurt the Rangers was in the turnover department. The Rangers turned the ball over 21 times, while forcing just 11.

Northwestern drops 4-6 overall on the season and 1-3 in Sooner Athletic Conference. They will battle for their first road victory when they return to the court on Dec. 28 at Kansas Wesleyan.

On New Year’s Eve, they return to conference play as they host Mid-America Christian at home. Tip-off is schedule for 5 p.m.