MIAMI — Despite constructing a 15-point lead during the first half, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen dropped a 96-94 decision to Murray State Monday, Jan. 30 in the NEO Field House.

After losing two straight home games, the Golden Norsemen traveled to Warner Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. rematch with No. 17 ranked Connors State College (7-1 and 19-2).

The Norsemen return to the NEO Field House at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 to entertain Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (7-1 and 18-4).

Sophomore shooting guard David Thornton came off the bench and tallied 20 of his 24 total points to spark the Golden Norse outburst in the first 20 minutes. Most of Thornton’s points were layups.

NEO trailed 16-9 in the first five minutes of the game as the Cougars received three 3-point field goals by Christian Wassana and two treys by Tanner Bryan to build the lead.

A 3-pointer and a free throw by Ravel Moody along with four straight points by Valentin Van Putten, Dylan Van Eyck and Alex Taylor rallied the Norsemen to a 21-16 deficit midway through the first half.

Thornton responded with six straight points, along with six from Van Putten and a 3-pointer by Kyle Lukasiewicz, to propel the Golden Norse to a 36-21 with 6:29 until halftime.

Another 14-point flurry by Thornton and six points by Moody in the next six minutes enabled the Golden Norsemen to maintain a 58-48 margin at halftime.

The Cougars (3-5 and 11-10) canned eight of their 15 3-point field goals in the first half.

Shooting just after they crossed the mid-court stripe, three straight 3-pointers by Greyden Steinmetz and two by Wassana erased NEO’s lead in the first 8:32 of the second half to give the Cougars a 63-59 advantage.

After going on a terror with 18 of his game-high 27 points in the first half, Redlands guard Bobby Mitchell-Arthur reeled off eight straight points in the paint as Redlands built a 71-63 cushion.

Four free throws by Moody and two by Tyjuan Johnson rallied the Norsemen to a 73-69 deficit with 9:36 remaining in the game.

Redlands held the Golden Norse at bay down the stretch as the Cougars relied on three players topping the 20-point plateau.

Along with Thornton’s 24 points, NEO received 17 from Moody, Van Putten 15 and Van Eyck 11.

Lukasiewicz added nine, followed by Johnson with eight, Alex Taylor six and Jeremiah Morris four.

The Cougars outscored the Norsemen by a 45-12 margin from the 3-point area.

While Mitchell-Arthur led the Cougars with 27 points, three others were in double figures: McNeil, 26; Wassana, 20, and Steinmetz 12.

MIAMI — Despite constructing a 15-point lead during the first half of Monday’s game with Redlands Community College, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen dropped a 96-94 decision in the NEO Field House.

After dropping two straight home games, the Golden Norsemen traveled to Warner Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. rematch with No. 17 ranked Connors State College (7-1 and 19-2).

The Norsemen return to the NEO Field House at 7:30 p.m. Monday to entertain Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa (7-1 and 18-4).

Sophomore shooting guard David Thornton came off the bench and tallied 20 of his 24 total points to spark the Golden Norse outburst in the first 20 minutes. Most of Thornton’s points were layups.

NEO trailed 16-9 in the first five minutes of the game as the Cougars received three 3-point field goals by Christian Wassana and two treys by Tanner Bryan to build the lead.

A 3-pointer and a free throw by Ravel Moody along with four straight points by Valentin Van Putten, Dylan Van Eyck and Alex Taylor rallied the Norsemen to a 21-16 deficit midway through the first half.

Thornton responded with six straight points along with six from Van Putten and a 3-pointer by Kyle Lukasiewicz to propel the Golden Norse to a 36-21 with 6:29 until halftime.

Another 14-point flurry by Thornton and six points by Moody in the next six minutes enabled the Golden Norsemen to maintain a 58-48 margin at halftime.

The Cougars (3-5 and 11-10) canned eight of their 15 total 3-point field goals in the first half.

Shooting just after they crossed the mid-court stripe, three straight 3-pointers by Greyden Steinmetz and two by Wassana erased NEO’s lead in the first 8:32 of the second half to give the Cougars a 63-59 advantage.

After going on a terror with 18 of his game-high 27 total points in the first half, Redlands guard Bobby Mitchell-Arthur reeled off eight straight points in the paint as Redlands built a 71-63 cushion.

Four free throws by Moody and two by Tyjuan Johnson rallied the Norsemen to a 73-69 deficit with 9:36 remaining in the game.

Redlands held the Golden Norse at bay down the stretch as the Cougars relied on three players topping the 20-point plateau.

Along with Thornton’s 24 points, NEO received 17 from Moody, Van Putten 15, Van Eyck 11, Lukasiewicz 9, Johnson 8, Alex Taylor 6 and Jeremiah Morris 4.

The Cougars outscored the Norsemen by a 45-to-12 margin from the 3-point area.

While Mitchell-Arthur led the Cougars with 27 points along with McNeil 26, Wassana 20, Steinmetz 12, Bryan 6, Trenton Saunders 3 and Joseph Cortesio 2.