LUBBOCK, Texas - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team picked up a huge 81-73 win over Lubbock Christian University on Saturday but will not make the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament by virtue of losing a three-way tiebreaker to Oklahoma City University.
NWOSU, Oklahoma City and Mid-America Christian were all tied at 9-13 in the SAC for the final spot which goes to Oklahoma City by virtue of having the best head-to-head record against the other two teams tied. (NWOSU, MACU). The Rangers went 2-2 against MACU and Oklahoma City while Oklahoma City went 3-1 against NWOSU and MACU.
The Rangers received a stellar performance from Daryl Glover, who scored a team-high 20 points. Junior Marshall Bell wasn't far behind nailing four triples and scoring 19 points in the game.
Glover's layup at the end of the first half gave the Rangers a 27-22 lead.
Northwestern kept the pressure on early in the second half. Bell hit a triple to give NWOSU a 53-40 lead with just over nine minutes remaining in the game. NWOSU shot over 59 percent in the second half.
Lubbock was able to cut the lead to seven but couldn't come any closer. Head coach Andrew Brown's squad knocked down its free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
Eze Akwari and Thiago Guilherme finished the game with nine rebounds each.
The Rangers finish the season tied for eighth in the SAC (12-17 overall, 9-13 SAC).
Sat, February 25, 2012
by Allan Scarabello