WILBURTON, Okla. — It was a rough night for both the Northern Oklahoma College Enid men's and women's basketball teams as NOC Enid was swept by Eastern Oklahoma in a pair of Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference games.
Josh Stamps' 24-point night was not enough for the Jets (13-10 overall, 4-5 OCAC) to overcome an 18-point second half-deficit in falling 96-86 to the Mountaineers (8-13, 3-6) Thursday night at Eastern.
In a fast-paced first half that saw NOC Enid and Eastern Oklahoma trading baskets, Julian Woods’ three-pointer as time expired gave the Mountaineers a 41-37 lead going into halftime. The four point margin matched the largest lead of the half for either team.
Both teams started hot with the Mountaineers pulling out to an early 9-5 lead before an NOC Enid 8-0 run put the Jets up 13-9, their largest lead of the half. The game was tied seven times in the first half.
The Jets’ Rance Kendrick keyed a late first-half 6-0 run that put the Jets up 37-35. Kendrick had 10 first-half points including a nice reverse layup that capped the 6-0 run. However, the Mountaineers countered with their own 6-0 run to close the half on a pair of three-pointers by Jace Pratt and the buzzer-beating three by Woods that made it 41-37 at intermission.
The Mountaineers picked up where they left off in the first half, going on a 10-2 run that put them up 54-41 in less than four minutes. Stamps, who scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, stopped the bleeding temporarily with an and-1 as the Jets whittled the lead down to eight points before Eastern started to pull away as a 13-0 run put them up 69-51.
Eastern employed a trapping defense that frequently frustrated the Jets, while G'Quavious Lennox and Karlim Byrd torched NOC Enid in the second half. Lennox finished with 22 points and Byrd had 20.
The Jets mad a brief run, cutting the deficit to 82-75, but Eastern eventually pushed the deficit back to double digits.
In addition Stamps, the Jets had three other players in double digits. Rance Kendrick had 18 points, Zach McDermott 15 and Ikenna Okeke had 12.
Lady Jets fall, 85-71
Cold shooting, foul trouble, turnovers and a three-point clinic by Eastern Oklahoma’s Kenzie Ezekiel proved too much for NOC Enid as the Lady Jets fell 85-71 to the Lady Mountaineers.
Ezekiel had six three-pointers to lead the Lady Mountaineers' offense, which had five players in double figures.
It was a different story for NOC Enid, which struggled with Eastern’s press and also found itself committing several unforced turnovers. The Lady Jets (15-5, 6-3) had three players foul out, including their game-high scorer, Lauren Wade, who had 13 points. Also fouling out were Tonijah Fortune, who had 11 points and Madelyn Hankins.
After an evenly played first quarter that saw NOC Enid trailing 21-18, Eastern went on a 7-0 run that put the Lady Mountaineers up 32-23. The Lady Mountaineers (13-10, 5-4) extended their lead to 10 points to 34-24 as Kenzie Ezekiel continued her hot shooting beyond the arc with 12 first half points on four three-pointers.
Trailing by eight late in the second quarter, the Lady Jets’ offense got a boost with five straight points from Hayden Freeman coming off the bench. Her three trimmed NOC Enid’s deficit to 37-32. Following an Eastern turnover, Freeman made it a quick 5-0 burst on a layup that made it 37-34. Eastern led 38-34 at the half.
Ezekiel continued her hot shooting to start the second half as the Lady Mountaineers quickly extended their lead to 43-34. The Lady Jets were unable to pull closer than seven points with Eastern eventually extending its lead to 15 by late in the third.
Eastern maintained its double digit lead and led by as many as 22 points thanks to a 13-0 run before the Lady Jets ended the run thanks to Shelby Black’s eight points down the stretch, but it was too late as NOC Enid dropped the 14-point decision. Black finished with 10 points.
NOC Enid returns to the Mabee Center on Monday against Seminole State.