ALVA, Okla. - At the risk of sounding cliche, the Northwestern Oklahoma State University men's basketball team enjoys some home cooking. The Rangers knocked off the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 82-74 for their sixth consecutive home win to start the season.
Today's win was achieved with a total team effort offensively. The Rangers (7-7, 4-3 Sooner Athletic Conference) had five scorers in double figures and were lead by forward Thiago Guilherme's 16 points.
Marshall Bell scored 15 and Jeremy Felton added 14 points while Jonathan Freemyer had 11 and Daryl Glover had 10.
Not only were there many contributors, but they contributed fast. Guilherme and Eze Akwari scored all the points during a 12-2 run to begin the game. Guilherme nailed two triples during the stretch.
Glover slashed through the lane and converted a layup to put the Rangers up 14 and Ryan Bruce hit a shot on the team's next possession to give NWOSU its biggest lead of the game at 35-19.
The Drovers proved to be a resilient bunch putting together a 10-2 run to end the half closing the gap to eight points.
NWOSU maintained a double-digit lead for about eight minutes before USAO put together a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 56-51.
The Drovers came within two points at 75-73 after Brandon Cutler scored on a drive to the basket with 1:52 remaining in the game.
NWOSU was able to make just enough free throws down the stretch to hold on. Freemyer, who added 11 points for the Rangers, hit a jumpber with 16 seconds remaining that proved to be a dagger.
Felton led NWOSU with 9 rebounds.
The Rangers will continue SAC play against Southern Nazarene with 5 p.m. slated as the tip time.
Be sure to either listen to KALV or watch the Rangers live. A link to watch the game live will be released on Friday afternoon.
Also, the Rangers will have live updates via Twitter and Facebook. NWOSU's Twitter handle is NWOSUAthletics and the Facebook page is also NWOSUAthletics.
Posted on Thu, January 5, 2012
by Eric Scott