SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. - The Northwestern basketball team picked up its third consecutive win on Thursday, taking down John Brown, 76-71, to move into third place in the Sooner Athletic Conference behind No. 1 ranked Rogers State and fourth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist. The win propelled NWOSU to 15-8 overall and to 10-5 in the SAC.
The Rangers and Golden Eagles battled it out in the first half, with neither team taking more than a four-point lead, all the way to a 12-10 Northwestern advantage. After a John Brown three-pointer, the two teams went back-and-forth and traded the lead seven times, until NWOSU led 20-19.
Brandon Dixon scored the next four points and Jason Rogers hit a bucket to pull Northwestern up, 29-19.
John Brown chipped away, but trailed NWOSU 36-32 going into the half.
The Golden Eagles opened the second half with a 7-0 run, but Northwestern got the Rangers back in the thick of it quickly, with a 9-0 run of its own. Brandon Brown scored six consecutive points, on his way to 18 second half points to help the Rangers to a 53-47 lead.
John Brown edged back into the game and knotted the game at 56-56, as Davaughn Jackson scored six unanswered points of his own. The Golden Eagles were only able to capture one more lead, 61-60, before the Rangers closed out the game holding the edge.
Northwestern had a 70-65 advantage in the closing minutes, after Catrell Currie hit a three-pointer. Jarrett McGriff hit a shot while being fouled, and then hit his free throw, to put the Golden Eagles within two.
Brown came up huge with 39.9 seconds left on the clock, hitting a field goal to put the Rangers up by four. John Brown countered with a three from Cody Page to pull the Golden Eagles within a point.
Catrell Currie hit both of his free throws to help the Rangers to a 74-71 lead. JBU went for the tie with a three-point bucket with eight seconds to go, but the attempt failed and Brown sealed the deal with two free throws in the final three seconds.
Four Rangers had double digit output and contributed 62 of the 76 points, as Brown led the way with 23 points, including three steals and an assist. Brandon Dixon had 16 points and led with seven boards, while Catrell Currie wasn’t far behind with 15 points three treys. Termaine Snyder finished with 10 points.
Both teams shot 47 percent from the floor and the Rangers hit eight three’s compared to just four JBU treys.
Jackson scored 29 points and had 10 rebounds for the Golden Eagles and Wes Brown added 14 points.
The Rangers (15-8, 10-5), solely in third place in the conference, hosts No. 1 Rogers State University (20-1, 14-1) on Saturday in Northwestern’s third and final game of the week. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. at Percefull Fieldhouse.
Fri, February 6, 2009
by Ryan Hintergardt