With their backs to the wall concerning post-season seeding, the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen close out the home portion of their schedule today at 8 p.m. against Eastern State College.
Five sophomores will receive special recognition during sophomore night activities. Guards Ross Moore, Chaz Davis, Chase Elliott and Jamere King along with center Carlos Dos Santos will be honored.
Reeling from a two-game losing streak, coach Dustin Grover’s Norsemen are 3-3 in the Eastern Division of the Bi-State Conference and 16-11 overall.
The Golden Norse suffered a 73-69 loss to Carl Albert State College on Monday in the NEO Fieldhouse.
“We’ve got to get some intensity back,” Grover said. “As bad as we’ve played in these last two games, we were still in position to win right up until the end.
“It’s important that we refocus and get ourselves ready for the playoffs,” Grover said. “So that makes these next two games vital.”
Second year head coach Brenton Duncan’s Mountaineers come to Miami with a 1-5 record in the Bi-State East and a 4-19 season mark. The Mountaineers dropped an 81-59 decision to Connors State on Feb. 12 in Wilburton.
After falling behind 12 points in the first half, the Golden Norsemen rallied for an 81-66 victory over Eastern on Feb. 2 in the C.C. Dunlap Fieldhouse.
Raphael Brown led the Norse with 16 points while Manuel Liberty tallied 14 points for the Mountaineers.
Sophomores Liberty, Benjamin Hall and Ben Pelley will start at guards for the Mountaineers.
Liberty (6-1 of Oklahoma City) leads Eastern in scoring with a 13.5 average while recording 78 assists and 56 steals.
Hall (6-1 of Mannford) averages 9.6 points with 113 assists and 74 steals.
Pelley (6-0 of Moore) has a 12.1 scoring mark with 66 assists and 51 steals.
Anchoring the front line for Eastern are sophomores Terance Roby and Rashaad Danzy.
Roby (6-9 of Crowder) leads the Mountaineers with a 6.2 rebounding average while scoring 9.4 points per game.
Danzy (6-8 of New York, N.Y.) has a 5.4 scoring average and a 4.3 rebounding mark.
Although Moore and Davis are not starters in the NEO backcourt, Moore (6-0 of Bartlesville) averages 1.6 points in 18 games and Davis (6-3 of Harlem, N.Y.) has a 5.9 scoring mark in 25 games.
Elliott (6-2 of Bristow) has a 9.7 scoring average as a starter with 39 assists and 30 steals.
King (6-2 of Tulsa) has recorded 45 assists and 15 steals while averaging 8.6 points per game.
Dos Santos (6-8 of Sao Vicente, Brazil) is averaging 5.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Freshmen Jamell Cormier, Phillipe Martin and Tony Ross have been in the Golden Norse starting lineup recently.
Cormier (6-0 of Stillwater) is averaging 7.2 points as a point guard.
Martin (6-7 of Staten Island, N.Y.) leads the Golden Norse in scoring with a 13.4 average on the wing.
Ross (6-7 of Tulsa) has a 5.9 scoring average while starting on the front line for the Golden Norsemen.