Home Streak Snapped by Chaparrals
Jay Lee, Northwestern News Sports
Photo by Dustin Goodno
ALVA, OK- Northwestern men took their 13 home game winning streak to the court last Saturday afternoon against Lubbock Christian, but unfortunately suffered their first loss of the season at home 78-70.
The Chaparrals came to Alva winning five of their last six games including wins over the number one and number two teams in the conference. The Chaps now have a 12-8 record in conference, and a 17-9 overall record after defeating the Rangers on their home court in Percefull Fieldhouse.
Northwestern led 40-32 going into halftime, but Lubbock Christian crawled back from being down 14 and ended the half on an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to eight and taking the momentum with them into the break.
“They just outplayed us in the second half,” said graduate assistant coach Kris Johnson.
The Lubbock men shot an impressive 57 percent from the floor as the Northwestern men only converted 33.3 percent of their shots in the second half of play. The Rangers went from making 7 of 14 three pointers in the first half to only 1 out of 11 from beyond the arc in the second. On the other hand the Chaparrals went 7 for 17 from deep, but 5-7 in the second half alone.
“We were in third place and losing that game certainly hurt us in both the SAC and nationally as well, but now we need to focus on this week and winning out,” said Head Coach Andrew Brown.
The home team has now moved into a tie for fourth in the Sooner Athletic Conference, but still ahead of Lubbock Christian by a half game.
“We have no room for error now, and we have to make sure we rebound really well and allow OBU only one shot when they get the ball. If we want to be a top 25 team we have to do that kind of thing right,” Brown said.
Oklahoma Baptist comes into Percefull Fieldhouse as number one in the conference, and they will have to fend off the Rowdy Rangers to maintain that spot.