Free throws lift NW Rangers over Co-Lin

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, December 6, 2005

WESSON — If the Co-Lin Wolves had made a few more of their freethrows Monday night, the undefeated nationally ranked NorthwestRangers would not still be unbeaten, and they wouldn’t have escapedMullen Gymnasium with a 74-69 win over the hosts.

The 10-0 Rangers were 20 of 26 from the free throw line. The 5-3Wolves were 12 of 22 on the night.

“We should have won the ball game,” said Co-Lin men’s head coachDennis Sims. “We had the wrong guys shooting free throws. We havesome areas that need some work.”

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Both teams took turns with the lead early in the first half.Near the 10 minute mark, Northwest took the lead and didn’trelinquish until halftime. Freshman forward Jeremy Jackson hit ajumper with 11 seconds left to cut the Northwest lead to 33-30.Ranger freshman forward Shawn Morgan hit a jumper at the buzzer tolift the visitors lead to five points, 35-30.

The Wolves took the lead twice in the second half only torelinquish it to the Rangers. Co-Lin led 49-48 at the 10:55 markand 54-53 with 8:54 left to play.

In the final seconds of the game, Dishmon hit a jumper to cutthe deficit to 3 points, 68-65, 30 seconds remaining. Northwestfreshman guard Antonio Logwood nailed 6 free throws in-a-row toseal the win.

“We need better games from Joe Holliday and Geric Anderson,”added Sims. “We got killed on the offensive boards andrebounds.”

Anderson directed the Wolves with 15 points. Tremaine Enochnetted 12 points. Finishing with 9 points was Holliday. Lamar Hallled off the backboards with 5 rebounds.

Northwest, coached by Don Skelton, was led by freshman guardFranklin Steele with 14 points and 4 rebounds. Steele was 8 of 10from the charity line. Adrian Banks finished with 13 points.Netting 12 points was Tarrell Wilson. Leading with 5 rebounds wasBobby Dillard.

“We can be a team that can competed with anyone,” addedSims.