OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Despite Jonathan Freemyer and his game-high 25 points, the Rangers fell 85-82 to Mid-America Christian University on Thursday evening.
An Eze Akwari three cut the MACU lead to one with about 40 seconds remaining in the game. The Rangers were forced to foul and Camilo Valencia made one of two free throws to extend the MACU lead to two. With 17 seconds left, NWOSU turned the ball over and the Evangels made their free throws down the stretch to close the game.
The game was back and forth for the entire second half. A 6-0 run by MACU gave the Evangels a one-point lead before Jeremy Felton made a layup helping the Rangers regain the lead with just over nine minutes to go in reguation.
The game continued to go back and forth down the stretch. Freemyer picked up his fourth foul with about eight minutes remaining so the Rangers needed to find another scoring option.
Marshall Bell answered nailing a big three with about four minutes remaining to give the Rangers a three-point lead.
It didn't appear as if the Rangers would need to press down the stretch.
The Rangers jumped out to a fast start scoring the first nine points of the game against the Evangels and dominated all but the final three minutes of the first half. A jumper off the glass by Bell gave NWOSU an 11-point lead, but a 12-0 run capped off by a three at the buzzer gave the Evangels a 37-36 lead going in to the break.
Freemyer lit the Evangels up for 15 points in the first half including two triples. Jeremy Felton finished with 18 points while Bell had 17. Akwari rounded out the NWOSU double-digit scorers with 1 points. Freemyer's 10 rebounds gave him a double-double for the game.
Thu, January 26, 2012
by Allan Scarabello