Squandering a 15-point lead early in the second half, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen fell victim to a 3-point field goal by Dauntae Williams with six second left to give Seminole State College a 75-74 victory Monday night in the Student Activities Center.
With the loss, coach Dustin Grover's Norsemen slip to 0-1 in the Bi-State Athletic Conference and 6-2 on the season. Dr. Thomas Mills' Trojans are 2-0 in the Bi-State and 5-1 on the year.
Following a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, the Golden Norsemen travel to Enid on Nov. 26 for an 8 p.m. Bi-State clash with the Northern Oklahoma College Jets.
With six seconds showing on the game clock, the 6-4 Williams took a pass from guard Cesar Cuevas deep in the corner along the baseline. The shot swished the net and erased a 74-72 deficit.
After a timeout by Seminole, NEO freshman guard Brent Leduff took the inbounds pass and dribbled into the paint. His pull-up jumper at the buzzer bounced off the rim to end the game.
During the first five minutes of the opening half, the Golden Norse received six points each from Leduff and Reggie Mathis, along with five points by Dominique Gaines and a putback by Tulio Cobos to build a 19-6 cushion.
Six points by Cicero Gonzaga and five by Sam Brown enabled the Norsemen to maintain a 30-15 margin with 11:42 left in the first half.
Consecutive field goals by Cobos and a basket by Lionel Green increased the Norse lead to 36-17 with 8:57 until intermission.
A 3-pointer by Mathis, along with a layup by Gonzaga and a solo free throw by Leduff, created a 42-30 Golden Norse lead at halftime.
Cobos started the second half with a layup and Gaines drilled a 3-pointer as the Norsemen held a 47-32 margin in the first minute of play.
Three-point field goals by Garrett Steinmetz, Williams and Reggie New, along with a layup by Jerome Phillips and two free throws by Steinmetz, rallied the Trojans to a 52-45 deficit with 13:12 left in the game.
Trailing 63-54 at the midway point in the second half, Seminole received 3-pointers by Cuevas and Steinmetz, along with regular field goals by Phillips and J.D. Davis, to grab its first lead of the game at 64-63 with 5:21 showing on the clock.
Two free throws by Gonzaga and a driving layup by Gaines gave the Golden Norse a brief 67-64 lead at the 4:07 juncture.
Back-to-back 3-point field goals by New and Steinmetz propelled Seminole to a 70-67 lead with 2:44 left in the game.
A 3-pointer and solo free throw by Gaines, along with a steal and layup by Mathis and solo free throw by Gonzaga, allowed the Norsemen to take a 74-72 lead with 23 seconds left on the clock.
Gaines led the Golden Norsemen with 19 points while Gonzaga contributed 13, Leduff 12 and Mathis 10.
Steinmetz paced the Trojans with 19 points, along with Phillips 17 and Williams 15.
Seminole State 75, Northeastern A&M 74
Seminole (5-1) - Steinmetz 6 2-2 19, Phillips 7 2-2 17, Williams 4 3-6 15, Hughey 3 0-1 6, Davis 3 0-2 6, McCleary 2 1-2 5, Cuevas 1 0-0 3, New 1 0-0 3, Raney 0 1-2 1, Burge 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0, Griffin 0 0-0 0. Totals 27 9-17 75.
Northeastern A&M (6-2) - Gaines 7 1-5 19, Gonzaga 5 3-4 13, Leduff 3 4-5 12, Mathis 5 0-2 10, Cobos 4 1-2 9, Green 2 2-2 6, Brown 1 2-2 5, Armwood 0 0-0 0, Clayton 0 0-0 0, Elliott 0 0-2 0. Totals 27 13-24 74.
Halftime - NEO 42, Seminole 30. 3-point goals - Seminole 12 (Steinmetz 5, Williams 4, Phillips 1, New 1, Cuevas 1), NEO 7 (Gaines 4, Leduff 2, Brown 1). Total fouls - Seminole 22, NEO 13. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none.