MIAMI — Five players scored in double figures Saturday afternoon as the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen concluded the home portion of the regular season with a 63-56 victory over Northern Oklahoma College-Enid in the NEO Field House.
With their fourth victory in a row, the Golden Norse enter the final week with a 9-5 record in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and an 18-8 season mark.
The loss dropped the NOC-Enid Jets to 6-8 in the OCAC and 13-11 overall.
"We played alright the first half, but I thought we were a little non-aggressive around the basket," Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover said. "While we were shooting jump shots, they shot 14 3s in the first half and hit six of them.
"We just didn't seem to have any rhythm the first half," Grover said. "But, we were able to keep it close and trailed by only two (30-28) at halftime."
One of the main reasons the Jets were able to construct a lead was the outside shooting of guard Lense Ramey.
With NOC-Enid clinging to a 13-12 lead at the 8:42 mark, Ramey canned five consecutive 3-point field goals and Houston Johnson added a layup to account for the Jets lead at intermission.
Kyle Lukasiewicz canned two 3-pointers for the Norsemen, along with one each by Ravel Moody and Dylan Van Eyck during the first 20 minutes. Van Eyck had to exit the game with a twisted ankle midway through the first half.
"We missed a ton of field goals right around the rim," Grover said. "I told our team that if we had made half of those shots, we would have carried a lead to the locker room.
"I just didn't like our vibe," Grover said. "We didn't have a balance to us."
NEO regained their balance in the second half and outscored the Jets by a 35-26 margin to complete the two-game sweep of the series.
Eight points each by David Thornton and Valentin Van Putten, along with seven from Tyjuan Johnson, five from Moody, four from Cedric Ward and a 3-pointer from Lukasiewicz, accounted for NEO's balanced scoring in the final 20 minutes.
"Even though the first five minutes of the second half was kind of shaky, we picked it up and earn the win," Grover said. "At this point in the year, they've done it all and know what it do."
Sophomores Thornton and Johnson scored 12 points each to lead the Golden Norsemen while Van Putten tallied 11 and Lukasiewicz and Moody added 10 each.
Others scoring for NEO were Ward with four, Van Eyck, three, and Josh Humphries, one.
Ramey led all scorers with 29 points.
The Golden Norsemen travel to Tishomingo on Monday, Feb. 26 for a 7:30 game with Murray State before visiting El Reno at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, against Redlands College in the regular season finale.