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Rangers defend home court in season opener

 

November 12, 2017

Desiree Malicoat

Brandon Green (11) goes around the Northeastern State defense to make it to the goal. Northwestern beat Northeastern State 61-50.

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State men's basketball kicked off their season with a bang Friday night as the Rangers dropped MIAA opponent Northeastern State University 61-50 in the opening game of the MIAA/GAC Challenge.

Excitement was in the air as college basketball returned to Percefull Fieldhouse for the first time in nearly eight months. Friday night's game marked the first regular season contest for both the Rangers and the visiting Riverhawks. Both squads got off to a slow start as they combined for just 60 points in the opening half.

Northeastern struggled to find any sort of rhythm in this one, shooting just 27 percent from the field and only connecting on 3 of 16 shots from beyond the arc.

Desiree Malicoat

Greg Minor Jr. jumps through the defense to make it to the basket. Northwestern beat Northeastern State 61-50 Friday night.

Division 1 transfer Treyvon Andres had a strong Ranger debut as the 6-foot8 center scored 16 points to go with his three blocks and two steals. The Denver, Colorado, native provided head coach Shawn Dirden with a much-needed physical presence in the paint as Andres managed to pull down 13 boards.

NSU was led by junior guard Tanner Mouse who was 4-of-9 from the field and recorded a team-high 14 points in the game.

Northwestern built their largest lead of the game late in the second half to keep a pressing Riverhawk offense from mounting any sort of a comeback. An electrifying putback dunk by senior Cedric Collinge extended the Ranger lead to 15 with 4:59 to play. Greg Minor Jr. had a solid evening, dropping 11 points including a 27 foot three-pointer in the opening minute. Sophomore newcomer A.J. Jones added 10 points for the black-and-red in his first game in a Ranger uniform.

Up Next

The Rangers returned to the hardwood inside Percefull Fieldhouse Saturday, hosting the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos in the final game of the MIAA/GAC Challenge.

 

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