WOODWARD, Okla. (11-16-11) — Poor shooting lead to a third straight loss as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team fell to Southwestern Christian, 96-76.
The Rangers dropped below .500 to 2-3 on the season. They look to rebound on Monday in their first conference game of the season as they host Oklahoma Christian at 8 p.m. in Perceful Fieldhouse.
Wednesday night’s loss to the Eagles was a part of the Ranger Roundball Classic, which was played in Woodward. Northwestern has lost each of their three games away from home.
Northwestern looked is if they would have control of the contest through the first nine minutes of the game, holding a 22-12 lead on the Eagles following a three-point basket by junior Marshall Bell. It was the first of Bell’s five three-pointers on the night, finishing the contest with a team high 23 points.
However, the Eagles were on fire most of the first half, turning the 10-point Ranger lead around quickly, regaining the lead and taking control of the game following a 22-8 run. The Eagles had a 12-point lead with 3:41 in the first half, holding it at 50-40 as the two teams entered the locker room at the break.
The Rangers came out in the second half and chipped away at the lead, cutting it to within three with 15:22 remaining. Unfortunately, the Eagles continued to roll as the game began to wind down, holding off the talented Ranger squad in the end.
Northwestern struggled to make shots most of the game, shooting just 32.9-percent from the floor, including 29-percent in the second half, while the pesky Eagles finished with an outstanding 65-percent. The Rangers were just 6-of-27 from three-point range.
Jonathan Freemyer and Jeremy Felton were the only other Rangers in double figures as they finished with 20 and 13 points, respectively.
Of the 15 assists by the Rangers, six were dished out by Daryl Glover and freshman Ryan Bruce had four.
Despite allowing the Eagles to nearly reach the century mark, the defense played well for the Rangers, forcing their opponents to 25 turnovers, 12 of which were steals. Freemyer, Eze Akwari and Tiago Guilherme each had three steals, while Glover had two and Jackson Kajander added one.
Wed, November 16, 2011
by Eric Scott