GOODLAND, KS — After six years of playing as an independent in the NJCAA, the Northwest Tech Mavericks finally got to play a conference game as a member of the Jayhawk Conference on Wednesday night when they hosted Cowley County at the Max Jones Fieldhouse.
The Tech men made the most of their opportunity with an 82-78 victory over the Tigers. The Mavericks were led by their two star sophomores in Chris Freeman & Miles Gibson who each scored 21 points. Fellow sophomore Brandon Conwright & freshman Henry Hampton added 12 & 11 points respectively. Ebon Jay came off the bench to chips in eight points & seven rebounds as the Mav’s improved to a school record 9-1 overall.
Some of the biggest stats of the night were free throws as Tech made 29 of 33 from the line and only committed nine turnovers. The win was Northwest Tech’s first over a region six foe since December 15th, 2015 versus Dodge City. And the win also ties Tech with Garden City at the top in the Jayhawk West division standings.
As good of a night it was for the Maverick men, the Lady Mav’s had an opposite type of night as they lost to Cowley by a final of 112-39. 112 points was most even given up by Northwest Tech in the history of the program.
Cowley shot the lights out of the gym from three as they knocked down 17 of 35 three pointers taken and had four ladies set career high’s in points scored. Tech was led by Freshmen Arianna Harper & Josie Cook who scored 10 & 13 points respectively. Harper & Cook made six combined three pointers in the contest as the Lady Mav’s lost their eighth game in a row to start the season.
UP NEXT: Northwest Tech men and women welcome Coffeyville to town on Sunday afternoon starting at 1 MT. The Red Raven men come in ranked #4 in the nation and coming off a 78-67 win at #9 ranked Hutch. While their women’s team comes into Sunday’s matchup winless at 0-9.
Women’s HC Brock Kimball:
Men’s HC Nate Padia: