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RiverHawks unable to recover from slow start, fall 95-60 in exhibition at Tulsa

11/6/18

TULSA – Northeastern State could not recover from a slow start out of the gates and fell 95-60 in their exhibition opener at Tulsa on Friday evening at the Reynolds Center.

D'Angelo Jackson led all players on the court with 17 points in his debut and was one of three RiverHawks in double-figures. 

Trent Cantrell came off the bench with 16 points and was 4-for-7 from the arc.  Caleb Smith scored 14 and led NSU with seven rebounds.  The junior transfer from Ranger College also dished out four assists.

Northeastern State shot near 40% in the second half compared to their 7-for-31 in the opening 20 minutes.  On the glass, the RiverHawks edged the Hurricane 17-to-15 on the offensive end of the floor.

IN THE BOX SCORE
  • The RiverHawks missed their first nine shots from the field while Tulsa started the contest on a 12-0 run.
  • Tulsa shot 17-for-32 (53.1%) in the first half with 11 players all on the scoring column.
  • Jackson paced the RiverHawks at the half with seven points.
  • In the second half, Northeastern State out-scored TU 20-to-14 in the paint.
  • Northeastern State was 6-for-28 from the arc and 22-for-69 overall from the field.
HEAD COACH MARK DOWNEY ON THE EXHIBITION…
It was probably early to put these guys in this position.  We have only practiced 14 times and still trying to figure out how to score, how we are going to play.  Once we figured that out in the second half, we got some shots, made some easy baskets, and we played a lot better.  
 
NEW FACES
Four of the five starters for the RiverHawks are newcomers to the program.  Tanner Mouse is the lone returner who saw starting time for NSU last season.
 
A LONG AWAITED DEBUT
Montrey Thomas Jr. appeared for the RiverHawks for the first time after missing the entire 2017-18 season due to injury.  Thomas came off the bench and played nine minutes.
 
COMING UP
Northeastern State will be in action Monday night a 7 p.m. inside the NSU Event Central hosting Rhema Bible in an open scrimmage.
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