By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
WILBURTON — Eastern Oklahoma State proved to be a source of frustration for the Northern Oklahoma College Enid men again Wednesday night.
The Jets missed four shots at a chance to tie the game in the last 29.9 seconds to fall to the Mountaineers, 64-62, the second two-point loss to Eastern for NOC Enid this season.
NOC Enid’s women clinched a share of the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference championship with a 70-43 rout. It was the 13th straight win for the No. 5-ranked Lady Jets, who now are 13-0 in conference and 22-2 overall.
The men’s loss ended a six-game Jets’ winning streak and dropped NOC Enid (9-4 conference and 17-7 overall) to two-and-a-half games behind the Mountaineers (12-2) in the league race.
The Jets missed a three, but got the rebound. They missed two layups and a mid-range shot before the Mountaineers got the decisive rebound with .8 of a second to go.“It was tough,’’ said NOC Enid assistant coach Ryan Mahoney. “We didn’t play close to our best, but we still had a chance to win.’’
Trey Cohee had a season-high 15 points to lead the Jets offense. Xavier McClish and Rex Farmer had 14 and 10 points respectively. Therone Chilton led Eastern with 15 points.
Eastern led at halftime, 34-32. NOC Enid will host Seminole at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Mabee Center.
“We just have to improve on our mistakes,’’ Mahoney said. “Thankfully, we have a quick turnaround. We have to get ready for Saturday and put this one behind us.’’
NOC Enid won at Seminole, 68-67 on Feb. 6
NOC ENID 70, EASTERN 43 (W)
Vanessa Bledsoe and Marisha Wallace both scored 14 points for the Lady Jets, who can clinch the conference championship with a win over Seminole 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mabee Center.
“It’s real exciting to be in this situation,’’ said NOC Enid coach Scott Morris. “We feel real blessed.’’
The Lady Jets started out slow, leading only 28-18 at halftime before putting the Lady Mountaineers (2-12) away with a 42-25 second half surge.
Morris attributed the slow start to a long bus trip and maybe taking last-place Eastern too lightly.
“We came out a little too complacent,’’ Morris said. “We underestimated them. It took us awhile to get going.’’
The 14 points was Bledsoe’s second-highest offensive production of the season. Starting point guard Chelsea Bates missed a second straight game with a concussion. Morris said she still was trying to get healthy and did not know if she would be able to play against Seminole.