WEATHERFORD, Okla. (11-11-11) — The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team struggled from beyond the arc as the Rangers fell to the eleventh ranked team in NCAA Div. II Central Oklahoma, 77-58.
Despite struggling from the floor all game long, three three-pointers during the first half helped keep the Rangers in stride the with Bronchos. However, in the second 20 minutes, the Rangers were 0-for-10 from outside.
As the game began, both teams had trouble getting anything going as the Bronchos had an early lead through the first eight minutes, 12-4.
Northwestern wasn’t going to back down though, chipping away at the lead, eventually tying the game at 14 with 9:44 to go in the opening period on a three-pointer by Eze Akwari.
After a three by Marshall Bell at the 3:24 mark in the first, the Bronchos began to stretch out their eventual first half lead, 38-27.
Following a quick Broncho three to begin the second half, the Rangers put together a 10-2 run to get back to within six with 15:00 remaining. Just as quickly as the Rangers began to turn the momentum, the Bronchos took it away with a 13-0 run of their own.
As a whole, the Rangers shot just 31.4-percent, while the Bronchos dropped in nearly 48-percent of their attempts.
Jeremy Felton continues to work inside for the Rangers, finishing the game with 16 points, his third double-digit output in as many games, while Bell added 12 as the only two Rangers in double figures.
Despite winning the turnover battle easily, the Rangers only pulled down four offensive rebounds in the contest. Northwestern was outrebounded by the Bronchos, 45-to-24.
Northwestern will look to regroup on Saturday evening as they face long time rival Southwestern Oklahoma State at 7:30 in Weatherford.
Friday’s game between the Bronchos and the Rangers was played at Southwestern as a part of the Southwestern Oklahoma State Classic.
Fri, November 11, 2011
by Eric Scott