WILBURTON — With two players topping the 20-point plateau, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen defeated Eastern State College 103-94, Thursday, in the C.C. Dunlap Field House.
“Except for too many turnovers, we played very well on both ends of the floor,” Golden Norse head coach Dustin Grover said. “We had five of eight players reach double figures.”
The Golden Norsemen (3-1 and 12-4) continued a three-game Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference road trip at 4 p.m. Sunday in Altus against Western State College.
After dropping a 72-54 decision Thursday at Connors State College, the Pioneers are 0-3 in the conference and 10-6 overall.
Both NEO teams will take a break for the 73rd annual Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College High School Invitational Tournament, Thursday, Jan. 18 through Saturday, Jan. 20.
NEO concludes the three-game road trip at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, against the Jets (1-2 and 8-5) of Northern Oklahoma College in Enid’s Mabee Center.
During the first 20 minutes against the Mountaineers (0-3 and 9-4), the Norsemen constructed a 45-40 lead.
Three 3-point field goals each by Ravel Moody and Kyle Lukasiewicz, along with five points each by David Thornton, Valentin Van Putten, Alex Taylor, Dylan Van Eyck and Jeremiah Morris, ignited the Golden Norse offense.
Both teams traded baskets through the entire second half as the Mountaineers pressured the Golden Norsemen the whole game.
NEO finished with 21 turnovers that resulted in 28 points by Eastern.
Moody scored 24 points to lead the Golden Norse in scoring while Lukasiewicz contributed 21, Taylor 15, Thornton 13 and Van Putten 11.
Others scoring for NEO were Van Eyck, nine; Morris, eight, and Tyjuan Johnson, two.
The Golden Norsemen shot 54 percent from the field, connecting on 34 of 63 shots, including 9 of 21 from 3-point range. The Norsemen sank 26 of 37 at the free throw line.
Van Putten produced a double-double for NEO with 13 rebounds as the Golden Norse held a 39-26 advantage on the boards.
Sophomore guard Todd Dawkins paced all scorers with 32 points while veteran point guard Brad Davis tallied 23 points, followed by Elisha Hobbs with 14 and Tevin Brewer, 11.
Eastern managed to hit 31 of 81 field goals, including 12 of 42 from the 3-point stripe, (38 percent) from the field. The Mountaineers sank 20 of 26 free throws.