Rangers Pull Away Late, Top Wonder Boys

Northwestern Oklahoma State earned its second all-time win over Arkansas Tech University in men’s basketball by defeating the Wonder Boys 86-67 at Percefull Fieldhouse in Alva, Okla., on Thursday night.

The Rangers (13-6 overall, 9-5 GAC) placed six players in double figures in scoring as they ended the Wonder Boys’ two-game winning streak.

“I didn’t think we were locked in defensively from the tip,” said Chad Kline, ATU head coach. “We were lethargic, but we fought the whole time. This is a building we’ve had a lot of success in and we had a good week of practices, so I felt good coming in. We just have to go get Saturday now.”

Arkansas Tech (13-7, 7-7) fell to 9-2 all-time in men’s basketball games against NWOSU, including 4-1 in Alva.

Northwestern Oklahoma State took control with a 10-0 run over a span of 1:19 midway through the second half. When it was over, the Rangers held a 57-42 advantage with 12:11 remaining.

Arkansas Tech made a late run of its own to get back in the game. The Wonder Boys’ 9-2 spurt was capped by an Alex Brown 3-pointer with 4:13 left that trimmed Northwestern’s lead to 72-64.

Northwestern Oklahoma State responded by out-scoring Tech 14-3 over the final 3:43.

Treyvon Andres paced the Rangers with 13 points and 13 rebounds. A’Keem Oglesby and Cody Halvorson contributed 11 points apiece for NWOSU, while Greg Minor, Brandon Green and Trey Johnson notched 10 points apiece.

Tech’s R.J. Glasper led all scorers with 17 points. Brown netted 14 points. Mason Cline made three 3-pointers and had 11 points for the Wonder Boys. Montrell Williams and Freddy Lee scored 10 points apiece.

The Wonder Boys will face Southwestern Oklahoma State University for a 1 p.m. GAC contest at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford, Okla., on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Radio station KCJC 102.3 FM and www.arkansastechsports.com will provide live coverage.