SHAWNEE, Okla. - After struggling through the first half, the Rangers won their second consecutive Sooner Athletic Conference game defeating Saint Gregory's 80-67 on Saturday evening.
An 8-0 run cut a 10-point NWOSU lead to two points, but all-time threes leader Marshall Bell nailed a three to up the lead to five with nine minutes to go.
The game went back and forth until the final minutes. Thiago Guilherme's bucket gave the Rangers (9-10, 6-6 SAC) a three-point lead at 61-58, but a Cavaliers basket on the next trip down cut the lead to one with five minutes to go.
Ryan Bruce hit a huge three with just under four minutes to play to put the lead to open up a six-point lead. After the Cavaliers answered, Bruce came up big again with another basket.
On the ensuing possession, Bruce forced a Cavaliers turnover and was fouled. He went 1-for-2 from the line to increase the lead to seven points.
Daryl Glover's layup extended the NWOSU run to 8-0. His free throw put the Rangers up 10. About 30 seconds later, Jonathan Freemyer's layup put the game out of reach for the Cavaliers with just over a minute to go.
The defense came up big for NWOSU which gave up just nine points in the final six minutes with four of those points coming in mop up time.
Bell's 15 points were a team-high for NWOSU, which had three other players reach double figures in scoring. Freemyer and Ghilherme each scored 14 while Glover added 11.
Ghilherme had a double-double adding 10 boards.
The Rangers will hit the road on Thursday for a 8 p.m. contest at Oklahoma City to take on Mid-America Christian. Be sure to follow live updates on Twitter (NWOSUAthletics) and on Facebook (Northwestern Oklahoma State Athletics).
Sat, January 21, 2012
by Allan Scarabello