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Mavs split with Connors in Region 2 play

 NOC remained a half game behind Murray in the Region 2 standings with an 89-67 win over Connors Monday night at Foster-Piper Fieldhouse.  The Lady Mavs lost in overtime 63-57.

Mavs 89, Connors 67

  The 10th ranked Mavs (13-1) improved to 8-1 in conference play with Monday’s win.  Connors (11-3) dropped to 7-3 in conference.

  NOC built a 16-point first half lead over the Cowboys taking a 41-30 edge into the dressing room.

  The Mavs slowly pulled away from the Cowboys winning 89-67.

  Tyrel Morgan led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds.  Avante Lederer added 16 points while Nate Goodlow and J.D. Ray 12 points and seven assists.

  “I was really proud of our energy last night,” said coach Donnie Jackson.  “We came out with a different mindset than we have had in a few games from an energy standpoint. We really guarded, we shared the ball and to me, that’s why we had better success last night offensively.  Connors is a very physical team. They rebound really well. I thought we did a good job of limiting them to one and done and trying to make it tough on Ealy when we drove the ball. He is a really good player and you have to be locked in at all times on him.”

  The Mavs travel to El Reno Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. tip against Redlands.

  “Now it’s time to refocus back on Redlands,” Jackson said.  “We need to be way better than we were Saturday against them. El Reno is a tough place to play and Redlands has a lot of offensive weapons. We need to bring the same energy we did last night on the road Thursday. Every game is starting to matter more and more in the conference standings.”

Connors 63, Lady Mavs 57 (OT)

  The NOC Lady Mavs dropped a heartbreaker Monday night to Connors 63-57 in overtime at Foster-Piper Fieldhouse in Tonkawa.

  The Lady Mavs (4-9) fell to 4-4 in Region 2 while Connors (6-9) is 2-8 in league play.

  NOC led from the outset and built a 42-32 lead late in the third quarter.  NOC then held a 49-44 lead midway in the fourth but Connors finished the game on an 8-3 run hitting a game tying 3-pointer with :05 left.

  Connors then jumped out to an early lead in overtime outscoring NOC 11-5 in the extra period.

  “We had good opportunities to score and build some cushion during the course of the game, but couldn’t capitalize on it,” said coach Greg Krause. “We need to generate more scoring off of our defense and get to the free throw line more often. Having difficulty scoring puts a lot of pressure on every other phase of the game.”

  Brown led the Lady Mavs with 12 points and eight rebounds while Delaney Reimer had three assists.

  The Lady Mavs are at Redlands Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

Mavs 89, Connors 67

                    1     2–Total

Connors    30    37– 67

Mavs         41    48– 89

Mavs–T. Morgan 23, A. Lederer 16, N. Goodlow 14, J. Ray 12, D. McLean 7, S. Grisby 6, C. Dennis 4, D. Alexander 3, M. Berry 2, K. Sesberry 2, J. Wilson 1.

Connors 63, Lady Mavs 57

                     1     2     3     4     OT–Total

Connors     17    9    10   16   11–  63

Lady Mavs 19   9    14    10     5–  57

Lady Mavs–M. Brown 12, T. Cogdell 9, C. Moore 6, L. Coates 6, C. Bailey 6, C. Brinlee 6, K. Clemons 5, D. Reimer 4, R. Zhivachka 2, G. Myers 1.

  Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

  NOC, a public two-year community college, serves nearly 5,000 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City. Of these students about 60% receive financial aid and/or scholarships.  Over 80% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

 NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

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