After losing a five-point lead in the final six minutes of regulation play, the No. 7 seed Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen dropped a 73-70 decision in overtime Monday night to Carl Albert State College in the first round of the Menís Division I Region II Tournament in the NEO Fieldhouse.
While suffering their fourth straight loss, the Golden Norse ended the season with a 12-19 overall record.
Coach Mike St. Johnís Carl Albert Vikings advance to Fridayís 1 p.m. quarterfinal matchup against No. 2 seed Connors State College in the Noble Complex on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. The Vikings are 6-23 on the season while Connors State is 22-7 overall.
During the first half, the Golden Norse built a nine-point lead at 29-18 with 2:40 showing on the clock.
Veteran guard Frank Russell tallied nine points and Chris Cox and Joel Quinones combined for seven points each while Geraldo Isla added four points and Bram Nivar sank two free throws.
The Vikings came storming back with a 3-pointer from Jaymere Gallion and layups by Jamal Allston and Myron Williams to trail 29-25 at halftime.
Two field goals by Jon Bond and one by Nivar enabled the Norse to maintain a 35-30 lead in the first three minutes of the second half.
Six points by Russell and field goals by Robert Boyles and Cox gave NEO a 45-40 cushion at the 10:40 juncture.
Cox scored four straight points and Quinones and Aaron Francis added field goals as the Golden Norsemen maintained a 53-48 margin with 6:03 left in regulation play.
Consecutive field goals by Adrion Webber, Allston and Jaymere Hadden rallied Carl Albert to a 55-54 deficit with 2:53 showing on the clock.
Quinones sank a short jump shot and Isla hit the front end of a two-shot free throw situation for a 58-54 NEO lead with 2:03 left in the game.
A driving layup by Webber and two free throws by Josh Harmon with one minute remaining tied the score at 58-58 and created the five-minute overtime period.
Six points by Harmon and two free throws each by Hadden and Allston propelled the Vikings to a 68-61 cushion with 1:39 left in overtime.
Quinones sank a 3-pointer and two free throws while Cox scored on a put-back as NEO closed the gap to 70-68 with just 0:24 seconds showing on the clock.
Two free throws by Harmon and one by Allston sandwiched around two free throws by NEOís Nivar concluded the scoring.
Quinones led all scorers with 19 total points while Russell scored 16, Cox 15, Nivar 6, Isla 5, Bond 4, Francis 3 and Boyles 2 points for NEO.
NEO connected on 22 of 58, including 4 of 19 from 3-point range, for 38 per cent from the field. The Norse hit 22 of 30 for 73 per cent from the free throw line.
Webber scored 17 points to lead the Vikings while Harmon added 16, Williams 15, Hadden 9, Allston 9 and Gallion 7 points.
The Vikings sank 28 of 74, including only 1 of 18 from the 3-point area, for 38 per cent from the field and 16 of 21 for 76 per cent at the free throw line.
Williams grabbed 13 rebounds to give Carl Albert a 48-39 advantage on the boards. Quinones led NEO with seven rebounds.