ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team fell to Rogers State 85-78 in a hard fought game at Percefull Fieldhouse on Thursday.
Daryl Glover sparkled for NWOSU despite the loss scoring a game-high 22 points and shooting 50 percent from the field.
His bucket early in the second half opened a six-point lead and the Rangers led by as many as nine after Jeremy Felton hit a basket with 16:20 remaining in the half.
Rogers State closed the gap to two with a 7-0 run over a 1:19 span. The Rangers lost the lead around the seven minute mark of the second half. A 6-0 run a couple minutes later put the Rangers down six with 4:41 to go.
Marshall Bell, who scored 12 points for the Rangers, nailed a big three to end the 6-0 run and put the Rangers within three points.
Rogers State's Meneptha Darden hit two free throws to put the Hillcats up seven with 2:29 remaining.
The Rangers (11-13, 8-9 SAC) mounted one more rally getting the game within three after a Bell scored near the rim, but the Hillcats made their free throws down the stretch to seal the game.
Felton added 18 points while Jonathan Freemyer scored 12 to round out the NWOSU double-digit scorers.The Rangers will travel to John Brown looking for their 10th conference win. The game is set for a 5 p.m. tip off.
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Thu, February 9, 2012
by Allan Scarabello