Ranger men back on track after blowout victory over Kansas Wesleyan

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Ranger men back on track after blowout victory over Kansas Wesleyan

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SALINA, Kan. (12-28-11) – Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team got back on track in their first game of the second half of the season as they blowout Kansas Wesleyan on the road, 103-67.

It was the first road win of the season for the Rangers after dropping their first six games away from their home gym.

For the first time since the 2008 season, the Rangers finished about 60 percent shooting as they converted 33-of-54 shots for 61 percent.

The contest was full of highs as the Rangers tied a school record for rebounds in a game with 54, a mark that has been reached twice before against now defunct Phillips University in 1990 and ’93. Seniors Thiago Guilherme and Jeremy Felton each pulled down 15 and 13 boards, respectively, both career highs at Northwestern.

Guilherme finished with a game high of 20 points, while teammate Marshall Bell came in behind him with 17. Eze Akwari ended with a career high of 13 points, and Andrew McNabb had his largest output in his short time as a Ranger with 11.

Northwestern (5-6, 2-2) returns to conference play on New Year’s Eve in Alva as they host Mid-America Christian at 5 p.m. The women’s programs of the two schools will kick action off at 3 p.m. inside Percefull Fieldhouse.

Admission is free for all in attendance, with doors opening approximately an hour and a half prior to tip.

In the New Year’s Eve contest, Bell, a junior from Katy, Texas, will need just 10 points to enter the coveted 1,000-point club. He is also pursuing the Northwestern career record for three-pointers made, currently sitting at 209, just 10 shy record held by Ramon Byndom (1998-2000).

Against KWU, Guilherme set the tone early for the Rangers, knocking down a three-pointer in their first possession. The two squads went back and fourth, and with the Rangers down 16-15 with 12:55, Akwari hit a three-point basket of his own to help the Rangers regain the lead.

With a tie ballgame at 22 at the 9:20 mark of the first half, the sixth tie of the afternoon, Bell triggered Ranger run with a shot from behind the arc. Northwestern closed out the half by outscoring the Coyotes, 24-11, entering the locker room with a comfortable lead, 46-33.

During the second stanza, Northwestern continued to gradually build their lead, extending it to a 40-point deficit at 100-60 with just over a minute to go with an easy two-point basket by Jesse Smith.

Tyler Inman closed out the scoring a three-point basket.

Other Rangers scoring in double-figures was Felton with 13 to complete a double-double, and fellow big man Jonathan Freemyer with 13 as well.