The Northern Oklahoma College Mavericks concluded non-conference play Thursday losing to Missouri-State West Plains 97-87 at Foster-Piper Fieldhouse in Tonkawa.
NOC (11-6) saw their two game winning streak snapped.
NOC led 47-41 at half but West Plains outscored the Mavs 56-47 in the second half. West Plains outscored the Mavs 15-1 over the first four minutes of the second half and the Mavs never recovered.
"I thought we played hard and competed but I give West Plains a lot of credit," said head coach Donnie Jackson. "The made some tough shots down the stretch and in key moments. They had just lost on the road Tuesday night and came in with an edge."
NOC made a number of runs in the second half cutting the lead to 90-84 with 1:09 remaining but West Plains made seven free throws late to seal the 10 point win.
Lamar added 10 rebounds while Berried added eight. Khobe Austin-Johnson added four steals for the Mavs.
Next on the Mavs schedule is a road trip to Eastern on Monday.
"The most important games of the year are here with Region 2 starting back on Monday against Eastern," Jackson said. "They are currently in first place with a 3-1 record and have already defeated Connors and NEO at home. They have scored over 100 points in every game but two and have not lost a home game. We will need our best preparation in order to give ourselves a chance to win on the road."
West Plains 41 56-- 97
Mavs 47 47 --87
West Plains—E. Lovettfull 28, S. Calhoun 26, E. White 16, D. Clayborn 11, A. Peterson 7, N. Thomas 4, J. Campbell 2, H. Johnson 2, M. Stewart 1.
Mavs—T. Lamar 21, D. Berrien 20, K. Perry 18, O. Boone 10, E. Stone 10, K. Austin-Johnson 4, M. Lee 2, M. Downing 2.