ALVA, Okla. - In a tale of two halves and then some extra, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team fell 104-101 in overtime against No. 20 John Brown in Sooner Athletic Conference play on Thursday evening.
The Rangers had a seven-point lead and could not hold it as the Golden Eagles were able to force overtime. John Brown's Abel Galliguez, who torched the Rangers all game long hit a triple to give the Golden Eagles a five-point lead with three minutes to go in overtime.
Jonathan Freemyer and Jeremy Felton hit shots to get NWOSU within one, but Thomas Galliguez made all of his free throws down the stretch. Daryl Glover's desperation three at the buzzer was off the mark giving No. 20 John Brown the win.
The way the game ended was not the way it began for NWOSU.
NWOSU started the first half on fire. A jumper by Ryan Bruce gave the Rangers (7-9, 4-5 SAC) a 28-16 lead with just over seven minutes to go, but the tide turned quickly. For the final seven minutes of the half, John Brown went on a 30-4 run to take a 46-32 lead.
Head coach Andrew Brown and his squad found some energy in the second half. Over a three minute stretch, NWOSU cut the Golden Eagles lead from 13 to two. Freemyer scored five of his team-high 30 points during the 11-0 run.
Marshall Bell's triple gave NWOSU its first lead since the first half. Freemyer's three-point play gave NWOSU a five-point lead with just over six minutes to go.
After a foul, Glover made one of two free throws to give the Rangers a seven-point lead with 1:41 remaining in regulation.
The Rangers had no answer for John Brown's Abel Galliguez, who scored a game-high 31 points and nailed two threes in the final 1:41 to get the Golden Eagles within striking distance. EJ McWoods' three with 16 seconds left tied the game at 90 and Glover missed at the buzzer for the win.
Felton finished with 18 points while Glover finished with 11. Freeyer led the Rangers with nine rebounds.
The Rangers will return to action on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Rogers State. Be sure to follow the live updates on Twitter at the handle (NWOSUAthletics) and Facebook on the NWOSU Athletics page (Northwestern Oklahoma State University Athletics).
Fri, January 13, 2012
by Allan Scarabello