Men drop first game of season on road

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The Northwestern Oklahoma State University men’s basketball team took to the road to play two games against Harding University and Arkansas Tech in Arkansas. The men went one for one, taking down the Harding Bison, but falling short in the game against Arkansas Tech.

The men continued their undefeated record with a 79-57 win over Harding University. The Rangers lead Harding throughout the first half, quickly pulling out to six-point lead. Their lead jumped intensely in the second half.

The Rangers came out firing after halftime, shooting an impressive 66.7 percent. The offense dominated Harding in the second half, taking a lead as large as 24 points.

Sophomore transfer AJ Jones lead the team with 21 points, shooting 6-of-11, including going 3-for-5 from the three-point arch. He also recorded two steals and helped hold Harding to just a 39 percent shooting rate.

Jones and several other Rangers set a season-high record of 13 steals throughout the game.

After a red-hot start, the Rangers dropped their first game of the season in a nail biter against Arkansas Tech, 86-83.

Arkansas Tech are unbeaten and came off a hot win against Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Arkansas Tech had an impressive shooting percentage of 50 percent throughout the game.

The Rangers trailed in the second half by 21 points, but made the impressive comeback to get within three points before the final buzzer.

The Ranger offense shot well and several players had double-digit points. Senior Greg Minor lead the team with a high of 18 points. Junior Treyvon Andres followed with 17 points. Senior Brandon Green and junior A’Keem Oglesby had 16 and 13 points respectively.

Despite the single loss, the Rangers remain highly ranked in the GAC standings at third.

The Rangers will look to get wins back when they face non-conference opponent Newman University on the road on Dec. 9.

The Rangers have a long stretch before the return home on Jan. 4 to face GAC opponent Southern Arkansas University.