COFFEYVILLE, Kan. — Despite playing in the “wee hours of the morning,” Northeastern A&M’s Golden Norsemen gained a 67-57 victory Friday over Allen County, Kan., in the opening game of the Coffeyville Resources Jayhawk Shoot-Out.

“We’ve played at this time in the past and haven’t done too well,” Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover said. “It’s tough to have to get up at 6 a.m. and be there by 8 a.m., but we were more ready to play than they were.”

Returning to Coffeyville Community College on Saturday, the Golden Norse carried a 10-5 season record into their 5 p.m. clash with Independence (Kan.) Community College.

Coach Patrick Nee’s Independence Pirates start the three-day shoot-out with a 9-3 season record. The Pirates face 9th ranked Hutchinson, Kan. (12-1) at 5 p.m. today.

“Independence is a lot better team than Allen County (6-6) was, but they haven’t played since they won at the University of Missouri-West Plains 72-60 on Dec. 12,” Grover said. “Even though they’re not a big basketball team, they have a couple of scorers that could pose some problems for us.”

Freshman Anthony Downing (6-1 of Atchison, Kan.) leads the Pirates with a 15.9 scoring mark while sophomore Karron McKenzie (6-3 of Staten Island, N.Y.) is averaging 13.8 points per game.

“We played well offensively, but we got no defensive stops,” Rowland said. “We’ve got to get some stops and guard people or things could be really tough.

“Allen County was in double bonus with 13 minutes left in the first half,” Rowland said. “Not only did we give up the most points we have all year (88), but Allen County shot 46 free throws while we only went to the line 22 times.”

Lady Norse freshman point guard Shea Bowman (5-4 of Oklahoma City Millwood) returned to the NEO lineup by scoring 14 of her career-high 28 total points in the first half as NEO carried a slim 53-51 lead to the locker room at halftime.

Sophomore Ashley McKeel contributed 10 points while Jelena Cerina, Ashton Pittman and Ciera Mathews added eight points each and Brittany Woodard scored five points.

Shaw (6-0 of Killeen, Texas) sank two 3-pointers and hit  a perfect 6 of 6 at the free throw line in the first half while scoring 18 of her game-high 31 total points.

“Breanna really shot well from everywhere on the floor,” Rowland said. “After all, they shot 57 per cent from the field (25 of 44) as a team.”

Along with the 28 points from Bowden, the Lady Norse received 15 from McKeel, 12 from Cerina and 10 each for Mathews and Pittman.

The Lady Norse connected on 34 of 78, including 7 of 27 from 3-point range, for 44 percent from the field.

NEO hit 21 of 28 free throws for 75 percent.

Displaying solid bench strength, the Lady Norse outscored the Lady Red Devils by a 71-26 margin.

While Shaw led everyone with 31 points, Dysyan Malone contributed 20 and Jennifer House added 14.

The Lady Red Devils sank 25 of 44, including 8 of 16 from the 3-point area, for 57 percent from the field and 30 of 46 for 65 percent at the free throw line.

Shaw grabbed eight rebounds to give Allen County a 41-37 edge on the boards. Cerina led NEO with five rebounds.

Northeastern A&M (7-6)

Bowden 7 10-11 28, McKeel 6 3-4 15, Cerina 6 0-0 12, Pittman 4 1-2 10, Mathews 4 2-4 10, Gardner 4 1-3 9, Woodard 1 2-2 5, Marinho 1 2-2 4, Hopkins 1 0-0 3, Manuatu 0 0-0 0, Oaks 0 0-0 0, Jordan 0 0-0 0. Totals 34-78 21-28 96.

Allen County, Kan. (6-7)

Shaw 8 12-12 31, Malone 6 5-12 20, House 3 8-9 14, Johnson 4 1-4 9, Best 2 3-4 9, Rockhold 1 1-3 3, McNeese 1 0-0 2, Clark 0 0-2 0, Atchison 0 0-0 0, Bahret 0 0-0 0. Totals 25-44 30-46 88.

Halftime — NEO 53, ACC 51. 3-point goals — NEO 7-27 (Bowden 4-7, Hopkins 1-3, Woodard 1-6, Pittman 1-7, Manuatu 0-4), ACC 8-16 (Shaw 3-4, Malone 3-5, Best 2-6, Clark 0-1). Rebounds — NEO 37 (Cerina 5), ACC 41 (Shaw 8). Assists — NEO 10 (Gardner 3), ACC 3 (Malone 2). Steals — NEO 12 (Gardner 4), ACC 7 (Shaw 3). Blocked shots — NEO 1 (Cerina), ACC 1 (Shaw). Turnovers — NEO 15, ACC 26. Total fouls — 32, ACC 20. Fouled out — Gardner. Technical fouls — none.