ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern and Lindenwood University (Mo.) battled seven ties and eight lead changes, before the Rangers downed the Lions 62-58 at Percefull Fieldhouse on Friday.
With two evenly matched teams, neither team could pull ahead by more than four points in the first half, as NWOSU went into the locker room down 26-22.
First half shooting percentages weren’t impressive, as the Rangers shot 33 percent while holding Lindenwood to just 16 percent.
The Rangers jumped out with a 13-4 advantage to begin the second half and held the largest lead of the game, five points, ahead 35-30.
The game underwent the fourth tie, 42-42, and stood at that score for nearly four minutes before Lindenwood gained a seven-point lead, 54-47, with 5:23 remaining.
Northwestern closed the gap with Brandon Brown taking over and scoring nine of the Rangers’ next 10 points and pulled the game into the seventh tie at 58-58 with 40 seconds left to play.
Termaine Snyder got a dunk and Brown sunk two more free throws to seal the victory for the Rangers.
Brown, Snyder and Justin Porter accounted for 53 of Northwestern’s points, as Brown led the way with 22 points. He was 6-of-15 from the field, hit three treys and added seven free throws. Snyder recorded a double-double of 21 points and 13 boards. Justin Porter added 10 points. The Rangers finished shooting 37 percent.
Lindenwood’s Jason Schneider matched Brown’s output of 22 points and also had help from Andre’ Dickson, who scored 15. As a team, the Lions shot 29 percent on the night and were 5-of-20 from three.
The Rangers (3-0) will play the final game of the Northwestern/Champs Basketball Classic against Central Methodist University (Mo.) at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8.
Fri, November 7, 2008
by Ryan Hintergardt