Heading on the road for the first game of the year to Iola, KS to face the Allen Red Devils, the Mavs found themselves down a quick 7-0 deficit. The Mavs applied intense full court pressure and answered with an 18-0 run to take a 18-7 led. Allen charged back and found themselves up 25-24. The Mavs finished the half strong on an 8-3 run to lead 32-28 at intermission. Freshman Torey Noel had a strong first half, leading the team with 13 first half points.
The second half saw both teams start off slowly offensively with neither team connecting on many baskets. Allen took a 41-40 lead after a slam by Courtney Stockard. The Mavs answered on the other end with freshman Jarrid Rhodes connecting on consecutive 3 point shots to put the Mavs back out in front. From the point on, the Mavericks gained control of the game. Offensive rebounding and clutch shooting from sophomore guard Kevin Kuteyi and strong free throw shooting from sophomore Dushaun Rice helped propel the team to victory.
The Mavs had four players reach double figures in a balanced effort. Torey Noel led the way with 16 points, followed by Kuteyi and Rhodes with 13 apiece, and Rice with 12 points, respectively.
Sophomore Jamal Cummings was one point away from a double-double with 9 points and 14 rebounds.
Allen was led by sophomore Courtney Stockard with 25 points, followed by Josh Sweet with 13 points, and Jermaine Long with 11 points.
The Mavericks will face long time non-conference rival Cowley Community College at the Foster-Piper Fieldhouse on November 4th in their home opener. Tip-off will be a 8 pm.