EL RENO - Resuming competition against teams in the Bi-State Western Division, Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen visit Redlands Community College today at 7 p.m. in the Cougar Fieldhouse.
After earning an 82-41 victory over the Bacone College junior varsity Tuesday night in Miami, coach Dustin Grover's Golden Norse are 14-3 on the season.
The Norsemen are 6-1 against teams from the west.
Continuing a two-game road trip, the Golden Norsemen travel to Tishomingo Saturday for a 3 p.m. rematch with Murray State College. The Norse defeated the Aggies 63-59 on Jan. 7 in Miami.
First-year head coach Win Case has guided the Redlands Cougars to a 5-6 season record and a 1-5 record against the east.
The Cougars dropped a 59-49 decision to Connors State College on Monday in Warner.
When the two teams squared off in the Student Activities Center two weeks ago, the Norsemen built a 33-24 lead at halftime en route to an 80-56 victory.
Dominique Gaines was one of four Norsemen to score in double figures with 14 points. Marvin Roberts led the Cougars with 13 points.
The Cougars defeated the fifth-ranked Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions 90-87 on Jan. 10 in El Reno.
"Redlands is an extremely talented basketball team," Grover said. "They have the best front line that we've seen so far."
The Cougars front line is made up of sophomore Kiwon Smith (6-8 of Brooklyn, N.Y.) and freshman Kevon Lytch (6-7 of Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Smith leads the team in scoring with an 11.4 average while grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. Lytch leads the Cougars with an 8.1 rebounding mark while averaging 9.5 points.
Matching up in the Golden Norse front court are sophomores Tulio Cobos (6-5 of Los Teques, Venezuela) and Kenneth Clayton (6-7 of Houston, Texas).
Cobos is averaging 11.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Clayton has an 8.1 scoring mark and a 2.7 rebounding average.
Handling the shooting responsibilities for the Cougars on the perimeter are are sophomores Andrew Cunningham (6-3 of Oklahoma City Northeast), Nate Flowers (6-5 of Washington D.C.) and Johnnie Young (6-3 of Edmond).
Cunningham is averaging 5.3 points with 24 assists and 23 steals while Flowers has a 6.1 scoring mark with 36 assists and 18 steals. Young averages 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Starting on the NEO perimeter are Gaines (6-2 of Muskogee), Reggie Mathis (6-3 of Jenks) and Ciscero Gonzaga (6-7 of Santaluzia, Brazil).
Gaines leads the Norse with a 15.7 scoring average while grabbing 3.8 rebounds per contest.
Mathis is averaging 11.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game while Gonzaga leads NEO with a 7.1 rebounding mark while posting a 9.8 scoring mark.