SAN ANTONIO, Texas (11-25-11) – The Saints of Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) were able to get revenge from the first meeting as the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men fall on the road, 96-78.
The game was a tight battle early on, but the high tempo offense of the Saints pulled away about mid-way through the first half. When the two squads entered the locker room after the first 20 minutes of play, the Rangers found themselves in a hole, 47-27.
In the second half, Northwestern was able to cut the lead to 14 with seven minutes to go when Daryl Glover found Dylan Fife for a basket to make it 78-64. However, the Saints put together an 11-0 run to put away any hopes the Rangers had of a comeback.
Glover’s assist on Fife’s basket was one of six he had in the contest, his second straight six-assist game. He finished with 12 points, 10 of which came from the charity stripe.
In the two games this season the Rangers and Saints have taken the court against each other, Northwestern has taken 88 free throws. On Friday night, the Rangers were 25-of-40 from the line.
Senior Jeremy Felton was the leading scoring for the Rangers, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, while also leading the team in rebounds with seven. Felton also added two blocks in the contest.
Eze Akwari joined Glover with 12 points and Fife had 10.
When the Rangers got solid looks at the basket, they took advantage by converting more than 53-percent of their shots. However, the Saints are a very physical and frustrating defense, forcing the Rangers to turn over the ball 32 times. The home team won the points off turnover battle, 31-to-11.
Northwestern has an opportunity to get back on track before resuming conference play next Thursday at Oklahoma Baptist, as they playing and exhibition contest on Sunday against Texas State.
The Rangers game against the Bobcats is scheduled to tip-off at 4 p.m. Coverage is available at www.txstatebobcats.com.
Fri, November 25, 2011
by Eric Scott