AVC Grad Joseph Moorer Leads His D-2 Team With 26

Posted: November 10, 2018 in AVC Men's Basketball

MOORER DROPS 26 POINTS, RANGERS COME UP SHORT AGAINST UCO

One of the best 3 point shooter to ever  to graduate from AVC is showing his stuff at D-2.  Joseph Moorer, a Junior basketball player, will start his masters degree next semester.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Northwestern Oklahoma State men’s basketball faced off against the University of Central Oklahoma in the Rangers’ season opener Friday afternoon as part of the MIAA/GAC Challenge, falling 88-80 at the NSU Event Center in Tahlequah.

The Rangers pushed down the stretch to erase a 14-point deficit, pulling within five points with just over a minute to play. After A.J. Jones hit a clutch three-pointer, Northwestern made a defensive stand to keep it a two-possession game, but an uncontested three from the red-and-black rattled off the rim to all but seal the game.

Northwestern started just one returner from last season as David Thornton, Bryce Cashman, Joseph Moorer and Bryshon Bryant all made their debuts in head coach Shawn Dirden’s starting five. Moorer led the Rangers with 26 points, going 11-of-20 from the field including four of seven from beyond the arc.

Central Oklahoma controlled the first half leading by as many as 14 before taking a 12-point lead into the break. The Rangers struggled to gain momentum in the frame, shooting just 11-for-31 (35.5 percent).

Northwestern had a much better second half as they shot nearly 59 percent (20-for-34) from the field to jumpstart a comeback bid, but the effort was too little too late.

Jones chipped in 12 points, five assists and two steals in the loss, while Bryant went 5-of-8 from the field for 13 points. The Rangers out-rebounded the Bronchos (1-0, 0-0 MIAA) 39 to 32 thanks to nine boards from Bryant and eight from Jones.

The Rangers bench outscored their opponents 22-13 as redshirt-sophomore Elijah Parks and John Godwin picked up eight and six points respectively. UCO’s Josh Holliday led all scorers with 27 points and hit five three-pointers.

Northwestern will look to bounce back tomorrow evening as they take on tournament host Northeastern State University at 7:15 p.m. The Rangers took down the Riverhawks 61-50 in last season’s opener and will look to make it three-straight against NSU.

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