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November 12, 2017

ALVA, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State men's basketball came out on top of the MIAA/GAC Challenge tournament after they beat UCO 77-60 to move to 2-0 on the season. The Rangers had three scorers in double digits as Cody Halvorson (16 points, 3 assists), Greg Minor Jr. (12 points, 2 steals) and A'keem Oglesby (12 points, 2 steals) were all staples in the Northwestern offense.

Fresh off their season opening win over Northeastern State Friday night, the Rangers took to the hardwood inside Percefull Fieldhouse to host the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos in the final matchup of this weekend's MIAA/GAC Challenge.

The Rangers led by as many as 23 over the Bronchos, who came into the contest ranked 5th (preseason) in the MIAA. Shooting an impressive 54.2% from the field, the black-and-red continued to charge ahead all night and never let UCO back into the game.

Northwestern was lights-out from the field in the first half, connecting on 17-of-30 shots (56.7%) to take a commanding 44-24 lead into the break. After a frustrating three-point showing on opening night, Cody Halvorson found his stroke as the 6'0" senior went 4-for-7 from beyond the arc. Halvorson continuously sent a charge through the Percefull Fieldhouse crowd that was already fired up from Saturday afternoon's 35-7 football victory over SWOSU.

When asked about how difficult it can be to keep the pressure after building an early advantage, Ranger head coach Shawn Dirden said, "We came out ready to go. Our guys were focused, and I talked to them at halftime and told them we want to be consistent. Coming out with a 20 point halftime lead against a really good UCO team, you don't want to let up and you still want to be aggressive."

With just over two minutes to play in the contest, Tu Godwin and Hayden Graham made their season debuts for the Rangers. After a technical foul was issued to the Broncho bench, Godwin went to the line for head coach Shawn Dirden and sunk both of his free throws.

Up Next

The Rangers will get a five day break before beginning Great American Conference play on Thursday, Nov. 16 when they host Henderson State at Percefull Fieldhouse. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m.


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