BETHANY, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team stayed close for a half, but the Crimson Storm pulled away in the second half for a 70-54 win at the Sawyer Center on Saturday evening.
NWOSU was in it for the first half and had its biggest lead of the game at 17-11 via a Marshall Bell jumper.
Jonathan Freemyer's basket gave the Rangers a 21-19 lead but SNU rattled off an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead. A Daryl Glover triple cut the lead to four at 27-24.
Ryan Bruce's three-pointer cut the lead to 31-30 with 49 seconds left in the half, but two SNU free throws made the game 33-30 going in to the break.
Unforunately for NWOSU, the game got out of hand in the second half. The Rangers were held scoreless for the first three minutes of the half. During that time the Crimson Storm went on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 10 points. Jeremy Felton's dunk stopped SNU's 7-0 run and led to a 7-0 run by the Rangers which was highlighted by Glover's three-point play.
The Crimson Storm slowly increased its lead for the remaider of the game. Southern Nazarene's Ryan Aaron converted on a layup to put his team up 18 with over four minutes to go effectively ending the chances for the Rangers.
The Crimson Storm shot 50 percent from the field while the Rangers (7-8, 4-4 Sooner Athletic Conference) shot barely over 30 percent.
Glover scored a team-high 12 points while Felton finished with 11. Jesse Smith's 10 points round out NWOSU's double-digit scorers. Thiago Guilherme led the Rangers with 10 rebounds.
The Rangers will return home to Percefull Arena for an 8 p.m. Thursday game against John Brown.
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Sat, January 7, 2012
by Eric Scott