SHAWNEE – The would-be game-winning shot rolled off the left side of the rim as time expired in Oklahoma Baptist's 76-75 loss to Northwestern Thursday in the Noble Complex.
The game was tight the entire night with 22 lead changes and 10 ties.
Chandler Rickey scored inside for a 72-70 lead with 1:56 to play, but Treyvon Anderson answered for NWOSU 21 seconds later and the Rangers took a 74-72 lead with 49 seconds to go.
Vladimir Nemcok drilled a three-pointer with 27 second remaining for a 75-74 OBU lead, but Northwestern went right to the basket for a Brandon Green layup and a 76-75 lead with four seconds left.
Nemcok sprinted the length of the court and let loose a driving layup that teased the Bison faithful before falling outside the cylinder.
Chandler Rickey led OBU with 26 points, followed by Nemcok with 14 and Brantly Thompson with 11. Nemcok also had 10 assists.
OBU must win at least three of its remaining four games and get help from around the league to qualify for the postseason, falling to 6-12 and two games behind eighth-place Ouachita Baptist, which owns the tiebreaker over the Bison.
The Bison return to action Saturday in a 3 p.m. contest against Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant.