MOORE — Limiting the junior varsity of Randall University to only 17 points in the first half, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen posted an 80-57 victory, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Saints gymnasium.
While extending their winning streak to three games, the Golden Norse (5-1) complete the series sweep over the Saints (4-5). NEO handed the Randall JV a 99-59 loss on Nov. 9 in the NEO Field House.
Continuing a six-game road trip, the Norsemen travel to Ottumwa, Iowa, Friday and Saturday to participate in the Ellsworth Panther Classic.
The Golden Norsemen face the Ellsworth Panthers (5-0) at 4:30 p.m. Friday before playing No. 6 ranked Indian Hills, Iowa (4-0), at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“I think this weekend we’ll have a better understanding of the progress we’re making because we’re facing two really good junior college basketball programs,” Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover said. “Both games will be a really good test for us.
“We’ve got an opportunity to really see what we’re made of,” Grover said. “I think there’s a lot of regret from our players from how we performed at No. 1 ranked Hutchinson (an 84-47 loss on Nov. 4) and they want to make up for that.”
Freshman guard Ravel Moody was one of four Golden Norsemen to score in double figures against Randall with 14 points. Dylan Van Eyck and Valentine Van Putten had 13 points each while Cedric Ward contributed 11 points.
Rounding out the scoring for NEO were Kyle Lukasiewicz with nine, Josh Humphries seven, David Thornton five, Tujuan Johnson four and Alex Taylor and Jeremiah Moss added two each.
NEO connected on 31 of 66, including 8 of 23 from 3-point range, for 47 percent from the field and 10 of 17 for 59 percent from the free throw line.
Lukasiewicz grabbed 9 rebounds as NEO held a 40-26 edge on the boards.
Anthony Pena and Deekwon Cubit both scored 12 points each to lead the Saints.
“I think the inconsistencies on both ends that we started the season with because of our youth are still there,” Grover said. “We just need to have our young players to start getting more consistent.
“We just need to get all 12 guys to show up on the same night with the same goals,” Grover said. “That’s our biggest challenge.
“We’re shooting the ball pretty well since we started,” Grover said. “We have simplified things defensively. That really showed up against Randall JV.
“That makes it more predictable for them and we are making progress in this area.”