The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 8, 2014

NOC Enid basketball jets to Murray State

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — It will be almost like the tortoise vs. the hare when NOC Enid’s men visit Murray State in the second half of a women’s-men’s Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader tonight in Tishomingo.

The Aggies are averaging only 47 points per game, but are known for their zone defense. Murray State has some size on the back of its zone.

“They like to grind it out and try to slow you down and hope you miss shots,’’ said Jets head coach Greg Shamburg. “We will need to speed it up a bit.’’

NOC Enid topped the 100-point mark for the sixth time this season in a 113-81 rout of On Point Hoops Monday night.

Jordan Evans, coming off a broken hand, had a season-high 25 points Monday. He is averaging 14.6 points per game. He will be joined in the starting lineup by Ben Berry (15.8), Daryck Jones (12.4), Jovan Crnic (8.4) and Lucas Morales (6.7).

“We’re going to try to press them and make them play quicker,’’ Shamburg said. “We need to get in transition and make them speed it up.’’

NOC Enid is 10-4 overall, but 1-3 in the conference. The Aggies are 2-13 overall, but 2-1 in conference with wins over Seminole (79-70) and Northeastern A&M (74-63) and a loss to Redlands, 82-77.

“It’s interesting,’’ Shamburg said. “They have played a difficult schedule, so their record is deceiving. Going down there will be a difficult test for us.’’

The Aggies are led by guards Mario Fleurima (11.6), E.J. Golighty (10.4) and Clement Bonardo (10.8).

The NOC Enid women (10-5, 2-2) are riding a two-game winning streak against the Lady Aggies (6-6, 2-1).

“It’s a pretty even matchup,’’ said Lady Jets head coach Scott Morris. “Both of us are pretty solid teams. It’s a good opportunity for both of us to see where we’re at in the second semester.’’

Both teams have similiar style offenses, Morris said. Murray State is averaging 73 points per game and is led by sophomore forward Toni Cheadle (14.2) and freshman guard Tierani Richardson (12.1).

“They work pretty hard, and they’re athletic,’’ Morris said.

Murray State has wins over Seminole (71-62) and Redlands (98-81) and a loss to NEO (93-78) in conference play.

Morris said he’s undecided about his starting lineup, but all five starters from Monday’s 75-53 win over Trinidad, Colo. — Breck Clark (19.9), Rylie Swanson (15.1), Kori Barrios (9.1), Shelbie Kirby (6.0) and Hannah Holasek (2.1) are healthy and ready to go.

Tonight’s games can be heard on KCRC Radio.�