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NOC Men’s Basketball Team heading back to the NJCAA National Championships

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ENID, Oklahoma — The NOC Mavs earned their second straight trip to the NJCAA National Championships with a thrilling 66-64 win over NOC Enid Saturday at the Stride Bank Center.

  The Mavs (23-1) completed the sweep winning the OCAC regular season crown and the Region 2 Tournament.

  NOC also avenged an earlier 66-62 loss to NOC Enid, the only loss of the season for the 7th ranked Mavs.  Saturday’s game was also the first time that any two NOC programs have competed in the championship game of the Region 2 Tournament in the same year.  The Mavs have now won 12 straight.

  JD Ray led the Mavs with 24 points while Tyrel Morgan added 18, and Nate Goodlow 11.

  “What a game,” said Mavs coach Donnie Jackson.  “That is what a region championship game should look like. Both teams battled hard and competed. Very excited we punched our ticket to Hutch.”

  “I’m really excited for the guys,” Jackson added.  “We overcome a couple of deficits and found a way to win. They deserve the opportunity to represent Region 2 at the National tournament. This has been a special group of sophomores and I want to keep it going for as long as we can.”

  Saturday’s game was close as close can be as the Mavs led the majority of the first half but after the Jets took a late lead, Goodlow drilled a 3-pointer with :10 left to give the Mavs a 35-34 lead at the break.

  The second half saw four ties and eight lead changes with a short Morgan jumper giving the Mavs a 58-57 lead they would not relinquish.

  Morgan’s jumper started a 7-2 run with the Mavs leading 65-59 with 1:39 left.

  The Jets hung around as a Teyan Scanlan 3-pointer and a Quinten Harvey layup cut the lead to 65-64 with :49.2 left.

  Ray then hit one of two at the line to give the Mavs a 66-64 lead.

  The Jets had one last opportunity but Andrew O’Brien’s 3-pointer was off the mark at the buzzer.

  Morgan and Ray combined for 11 of the Mavs’ final 13 points in the last 7:00.

  Ray was named the All-Tournament MVP while Morgan and Avante Lederer were also named to the all-tourney team.

  The NJCAA National Tournament runs April 19-24.

  The Jets finished the year at 17-5.

  The Mavs advanced to the final with a 77-72 win over NEO on Friday.

Mavs 66, NOC Enid 64

                     1     2–Total

Mavs            35   31–  66

NOC Enid      34   30– 64

Mavs–J. Ray 24, T. Morgan 18, N. Goodlow 11, M. Berry 5, A. Lederer 4, M. Crawford 4.

NOC Enid–J. Stamps 18, T. Scanlan 12, N. Jordan 11, Q. Harvey 9, D. Joachim 7, T. Fish 4, A. O’Brien 3.

 

  Northern Oklahoma College, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

  NOC, a public two-year community college, serves nearly 5,000 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online, and the University Center in Ponca City. Of these students about 60% receive financial aid and/or scholarships.  Over 80% of NOC students complete their degree with zero debt.

  NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

  Call (580) 628-6200 for more information about Northern Oklahoma College or visit www.noc.edu .