Total team effort helps Norse demolish Eastern
By Monty Franks
Outscoring Eastern State College 50-8 from the bench, the Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen cruised to an 89-59 victory Thursday night in the NEO Fieldhouse.
With the victory coach Dustin Grover’s Norsemen are 4-3 in the Bi-State Athletic Conference Eastern Division and 17-11 on the year. The Mountaineers plummet to 4-20 on the season and 1-6 in the Bi-State East.
“We played together and a lot more physically,” Grover said. “We just overpowered them and it was what it was.
“Unlike Monday night when we lost, our kids really enjoyed themselves tonight,” Grover said. “We played much more efficiently.”
During the first five minutes of the opening half, the Golden Norsemen received seven points from guard Ross Moore, along with three points each from Chaz Davis and Jamere King and a 3-pointer from Chase Elliott, to build a 16-5 lead.
After field goals by Eastern’s Terrance Roby and Tony Dawkins, the Golden Norse reeled off 18 straight points to open up a 34-9 advantage with 7:36 until halftime.
Four points by Raphael Brown, along with another 3-pointer by Elliott and a layup and free throw by Carlos Dos Santos and field goals by Phillipe Martin, Moore, King and Davis, ignited the Golden Norse rally.
Three-pointers by King and Jamere Cormier, along with a basket and free throw by Brown and a putback by Thiago Pigatto, boosted NEO to a 46-19 margin with 3:14 before intermission.
Brown scored on a driving layup and tacked on a solo free throw as the Norsemen carried a 49-27 cushion to the locker room at half.
“All 14 of our players scored,” Grover said. “If this doesn’t boost our morale, I don’t know what would.”
Consecutive field goals by Davis, Moore and King, along with a 3-pointer by Brandon Edwards and two free throws by Elliott, allowed the Norsemen to maintain a 60-33 lead in the first five minutes of the second half.
Three points each by Scott Forrest, Cormier and Tony Ross, along with layups by Brown and Andre Coimbra, propelled the Golden Norsemen to a 73-38 spread with 8:54 remaining in the game.
Over the final seven minutes, Grover used the depth of his bench to hold the Mountaineers at bay.
Brown paced the Norsemen with 13 points while Moore contributed 12.
The Golden Norse connected on 35 of 75 (47 percent) from the field, including 8 of 16 from 3-point range, and 12 of 17 (71 percent) at the free throw line.
Dawkins led all scorers with 23 points for the Mountaineers while Roby added 14.
Eastern sank 19 of 63, including 7 of 25 from the 3-point arch, for a mere 30 percent from the field. The Mountaineers hit 14 of 18 (78 percent) at the free throw line.
Pigatto grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to give the Norse a 53-32 advantage on the boards. Dawkins and Roby each had eight rebounds to lead the Mountaineers.