Receiving points from 12 different players, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen opened the basketball season Saturday afternoon with a 104-40 rout of the Oklahoma Baptist University junior varsity in the Student Activities Center.
“We did a good job offensively getting everybody involved in the game,” Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover said. “But in all honestly, they were totally out-manned, both in numbers and in talent.”
With the victory the Golden Norsemen remain at home Tuesday to host 3rd ranked Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College at 8 p.m. Coach Jay Herkerman's Red Ravens opened their season Saturday night by hosting Butler County, Kan.
Coach Jim Rowland's 18th ranked Lady Norse start the year Tuesday at 6 p.m. by entertaining the 22nd rated Lady Ravens. Coach Emily Washburn's Lady Ravens hosted Butler County Saturday evening to open the season.
The Bison actually held a lead in the game with NEO following a short jump shot by Kris Moore with 19:36 left in the first half.
Four straight points by sophomore center Tulio Cobos along with a 3-pointer by veteran forward Cicero Gonzaga and a layup by Brent Leduff propelled the Norsemen to a 9-2 cushion with just three minutes gone off the clock.
Over the next nine minutes the Golden Norsemen outscored the Bison by a 22-10 margin to construct a 31-12 advantage with 8:32 before halftime. Nine points by Cobos in the paint along with five points by Gonzaga and three by Kenneth Clayton along with two points each by Lionel Green and Sam Brown ignited the outburst.
Five straight points by Jamar Furtune and a layup by Tanner Streater rallied the Bison to a 36-19 deficit with 5:14 until intermission.
Three 3-point field goals by Clayton and one by Delawn Armwood along with a put-back by Cobos and a regular field goal by Clayton enabled NEO to carry a 54-26 lead to the locker room at halftime.
During the first nine minutes of the second half, the Golden Norsemen went on a 29 to 7 run to build an insurmountable 83-33 advantage. Eight points by Gonzaga along with six points by Reggie Mathis and five points each by Cobos and Green highlighted the offensive explosion.
Coming off the bench sophomore center Bruno Neves scored four points along with four by Brown and Chaz Davis and a field goal by Kierre Skerritt to top the century scoring mark.
Cobos was one of five Norsemen to score in double figures with 19 total points. Clayton contributed 16, Gonzaga 15, Armwood 14 and Green 11 points.
NEO connected on 41 of 61, including 10 of 14 from 3-point range, for 67 percent from the field. The Norsemen sank 12 of 21 for 57 percent from the free throw line.
Streater tallied 14 points to lead the Bison while Moore contributed 10 points.
OBU managed only 14 of 41, including 6 of 12 from the 3-point area, for 34 percent from the field and 6 of 9 for 67 percent at the line.
Armwood grabbed six rebounds to give the Norsemen a 33 to 23 advantage on the boards. Streater collected six rebounds to lead the Bison.