OKLAHOMA CITY - Seeking to rebound from a tough six-point loss at Coffeyville, Kan. Tuesday night, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen conclude a five-game road trip Saturday with a 2 p.m. game against the Mid-America Christian University JV in the Gaulke Activity Center.
Following an 89-83 loss to the third-ranked Coffeyville Red Ravens, coach Dustin Grover's Golden Norsemen are 5-1 on the season.
NEO returns home Monday for an 7 p.m. Bi-State Athletic Conference clash with Seminole State College in the Student Activities Center.
The Mid-America Christian Evangels are 2-1 on the season following a 75-68 victory over the Jarvis Christian junior varsity last week.
Mid-America Christian is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association Division II.
“We don't know much about them, except that they have some pretty good athletes,” Grover said. “It's another one of those situations where if we take care of business and play our game, we should be alright.
“We'll still be without Cicero (Gonzaga) on the wing,” Grover said. “He is required to sit out this game (along with the Coffeyville game) because of the altercation he had at West Plains, Mo.
“Cicero will probably have to miss this game because he was directly involved in the fight,” Grover said. “We won't know until right before game time who'll replace Cicero at the other forward spot.”
While Gonzaga's offensive performance of 9.6 points per game will be missed, he leads the Norsemen in rebounding with a 7.4 average.
Expected to start at guards for the Golden Norse will be sophomore Reggie Mathis (6-3 of Jenks) and freshman Brent Leduff (5-10 of Baton Rouge, La.).
Mathis is averaging 9.8 points with six assists and 10 steals while Leduff leads the team with 16 assists and 15 steals while averaging eight points per game.
Sophomores Tulio Cobos (6-5 of Los Teques, Venezuela) and Kenneth Clayton (6-7 of Houston, Texas) will start inside for NEO.
Cobos is averaging 13.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Clayton has a 7.3 scoring mark and 2.8 rebounding average.
Veteran shooting guard Dominique Gaines (6-3 of Muskogee) leads the Golden Norsemen in scoring with a 15.8 average while recording six assists and 10 steals.
Norse notes: Season passes for 11 remaining NEO home basketball games are available through the athletic office. An individual pass is $25, while family passes, which allow admission for up to two adults and three students, cost $50. Regular tickets for each game purchased at the gate, are priced at $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. To purchase season passes, contact Kathie Hulsey, at 540-6327.