Mavericks Men's Basketball 2014-15

Mavs Use Big Second Half to Upend Rival Cowley

In the non-conference portion of the schedule, the biggest marquee game is against Cowley.  The excitement leading into the game did not disappoint.  The Foster-Piper Fieldhouse had a great turnout and the energy from the crowd radiated into the game.

The game got off to a slow start, with neither team getting much going in the early portion of the game.  With a big run in the middle of the half, NOC found itself up 15 points.  Cowley rallied and cut the score to 40-33 at half.  Freshman Jarvis Cannon of Cowley hit 4 first half 3's to lead the way for the Tigers.

As the second half got under way, a charge call against Cowley with the score 40-35,could have cut the Mavs lead down to two or three points.  Instead, this opened up several runs by the Mavs, including a left handed, down the lane dunk from sophomore Jaquan Smith and a two handed dunk by sophomore Jamal Cummings, that got the Mav crowd and players fired up.  NOC outscored Cowley 53-28 in the second half en route to a 93-61 win.

Sophomore Jordan Phelps led the way in scoring with 17 points.  Jaquan Smith followed with 12 points and Kevin Kuteyi scored 11 points respectively.  

Cowley was led in scoring by Jarvis Cannon with 18 points.  

The Mavs improve to 2-0 on the season.

 

 

Mavs Earn Road Win

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.

 

2014 Mavericks Sophs All Move On

All 6 of the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks graduated with Associates Degrees in the spring and moved on to 4 year institutions.

JJ N'Ganga signed with NCAA D1 New Mexico Lobos

Simeon Dennis signed with NCAA D1 St. Peter's

Cortrael Colbert signed with NCAA D2 Newman University

Maurice Williams signed with NCAA D2 Cameron University

CJ Rodriguez signed with NCAA D2 Southern Nazarene University

Rolando Gardner signed with NAIA Sterling College.

A freshman also signed with a 4 year institution.  Pablo Rodriguez signed with Sterling College.

We are very proud of all of these men and wish them the best in their continued futures!

Nganga Signs With Lobos

6'10 Sophomore Center JJ Nganga signed with the New Mexico Lobos on signing day.  Nganga averaged 6.1 ppg and 5.3 rpg for the Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks.  He battled some non-conference injuries but played his best ball down the stretch including a 14 point 11 rebound performance against NOC-Enid in the quarterfinals of the Region II basketball tournament.  Nganga is the first sophomore to commit for the Mavericks.

Postseason Award Winners

Two Mavericks received postseason honors for Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa.

6'4 sophomore guard Simeon Dennis was selected 2nd Team All-Region II, 2nd Team All-OCAC, and to the Region II All-Tournament team.  Dennis averaged 16.1 ppg 3.0 rpg and shot 44% from the three while connecting on 85 total makes.

 

6'2 sophomore point guard Cortrael Colbert was selected 3rd Team All-OCAC.  Colbert averaged 16.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.1 spg. Colbert has been a part of 46 wins, a conference championship and a Region II semifinal appearance in his two years at the school.

 

 The Mavericks finished the season 19-14 overall and advanced to the Region II semifinals.