MIAMI — Playing the second of back-to-back junior varsity games for teaching purposes, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen cruised to a 99-59 victory over the Oklahoma Wesleyan University JV in the NEO Field House.
The experience continues for the Norsemen (3-1) at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Moore as NEO plays a rematch with the Randall University JV.
The two teams met Wednesday with the Golden Norse posting a 108-74 win in Miami.
“As a coaching staff, we’re using these games to get a lot of minutes for all our players,” NEO head coach Dustin Grover said. “We’re gaining a wealth of information, not only about our players, but more important, how they react in certain situations.
“We’re also getting a feel for which combinations of players work well together,” Grover said. “Since we’re such a young team, they are learning our system better each game and they are doing a good job of growing into that system.
“I thought it should of happened a couple of games before,” Grover said. “But, the fact that we are gaining more confidence in both our shooting and execution is very encouraging.”
Despite the fact that the Oklahoma Wesleyan Eagles connected on eight 3-pointers in the first half, NEO responded with a balanced offense.
Eight points by Dylan Van Eyck, along with six points each by David Thornton, Kyle Lukasiewicz and Valentine Van Patten, fueled the Golden Norse 42-30 lead at halftime. Nine players saw action in the first 20 minutes for the Norsemen.
During the second half the Golden Norsemen outscored the Eagles by a 57-29 margin as 10 of 11 players contributed points. Van Patten scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the final half.
Along with Van Patten’s 22 points, the Norse received 14 from Thornton, Ravel Moody 12 and 11 from Van Eyck 11.
Others scoring for NEO were Jeremiah Morris, TyJuan Johnson, Joah Humphries and Lukasiewicz, eight points each, Cedric Ward four and Alex Taylor three.
The Golden Norsemen canned 38 of 69, including 4 of 16 from 3-point range for 55 percent from the field. NEO hit 18 of 26 from the free throw line for 69 percent.
Point guard D.J. Montgomery led the Eagles with 16 points while Dathan Brooks scored nine, Tanner Rhel and Kylan Branscomb added eight each, Daniel Haile and Stephen Baxter had six each, Preston Colburn four and Leonardo Jimenez two.
The Eagles made 11 of 37 3-point attempts for 29 percent while sinking 10 of 24 from 2-point range. OWU hit 10 of 16 for 63 percent at the free throw line.
Van Patten also grabbed 16 rebounds to give NEO a 42-31 advantage on the boards. Montgomery led the Eagles with seven boards.