ALVA, Okla. - The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team stunned No. 2 Oklahoma Baptist 83-66 as Marshall Bell broke NWOSU's all-time record for career threes on Thursday evening at Percefull Fieldhouse.
"We have a lot of respect for OBU and had our back against the wall," head coach Andrew Brown said. "We knew we had to find a way to win. I'm proud of the way our guys responded. We've responded well in practice and slowly but surely were putting it together."
After the first four minutes of the game, the Rangers (8-10, 5-6 Sooner Athletic Conference) dominated. Eze Akwari's bucket capped off a 9-0 run with 10 minutes to go in the first half. The run jumped NWOSU's lead to 10 points. The Rangers never relinquished their lead. Daryl Glover gave the Bison fits all night long driving to the basket finishing with a team-high 20 points.
Perhaps lost in the shuffle was Bell hitting the 220th three of his career making him the owner of NWOSU's all-time career threes record. He passed Ramon Byndom 219 with his second three-pointer of the game. His record breaking three was in the midst of the aforementioned 9-0 run.
"Marshall is a really hard worker. He deserves credit for his hard work and deserves to succeed," Brown said. "I believe his best basketball is still ahead of him."
Thiago Guilherme's basket gave the Rangers a 15-point lead with just under five minutes to go in the half.
"I was proud of our effort the way we played," Brown said. "The intensity we brought was great after a three-game losing game streak."
While most great teams normally make a run, the Bison were unable to do so against a stifling Ragners defense that forced 17 turnovers and a slew of bad shots on the evening. Four points by Andrew McNabb fueled an 8-0 run that gave NWOSU a 21-point lead with just over 16 minutes remaining in the second half.
NWOSU held at least a 17-point lead for the remainder of the game, but was able to increase the lead to as high as 23.
Jonathan Freemyer had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds while both Bell and Jeremy Felton finished with 10 points each.
The Rangers will hit the road on Saturday for a 5 p.m. contest at Saint Gregory. Be sure to follow live updates on Twitter (NWOSUAthletics) and on Facebook (Northwestern Oklahoma State Athletics).
Posted on Thu, January 19, 2012
by Allan Scarabello