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February 3, 2014

NOC Enid sweeps rival Mavs

ENID, Okla. — Defense overcame poor foul shooting for the Northern Oklahoma College Enid men as the Jets avenged an earlier loss to archrival NOC Tonkawa 71-65 at the Mabee Center Monday.

The win gave NOC Enid a sweep over the Mavericks. The Lady Jets, behind 24 points from Rylie Swanson and 20 from Breck Clark, won the women’s game 97-65.

The Jets (16-6, 7-5) were only 15 of 27 from the line in the second half, but never allowed the Mavericks (11-12, 3-8) any closer than four points.

A trey by Simeon Dennis cut the lead to 66-62 with 35.3 seconds left, but the Jets answered back with a free throw by Marquavius Williams with 27.1 seconds remaining, and a layup by Ben Berry with 9.4 seconds left to seal the deal.

“Hard fought, always tough, we’ve got to be able to make free throws down the stretch if we want to win big games,’’ said Jets assistant coach Zach Howe.

“We had some breakdowns offensively, but we finished the game off strong defensively, but we would have liked to have made more free throws to make it easier.’’

The Mavericks were only 12 of 33 from the field after intermission and committed 18 turnovers.

“A win is a win, we’ll take it,’’ Howe said.

Ja’Wan Smith led the Jets with 18 points, followed by Berry with 15 and Daryck Jones with 14. Jones made one of the game’s biggest plays when he scored on his second follow shot to give the Jets a 66-59 lead with 41 seconds left.

The Jets led by as many as 13 points (58-45 with 6:04), but couldn’t put away the Mavericks, partially because of poor free throw shooting.

Dennis led the Mavericks with 23 points.

The game didn’t start out well. NOC Tonkawa led 20-13 with 10:55 left in the first half.

The Jets, though, went on a 16-0 run to take the lead for good. Smith and Jones had three treys apiece in helping the Jets to a 39-29 halftime lead.

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