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Hot-shooting Newman rolls past Oklahoma Panhandle State

The Newman men hit 10 three-pointers on the way to a 95-77 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State on Saturday in Wichita.

Freshman forward Luka Vermezovic, a Sunrise Christian product, scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Jets. He also had two blocks.

Newman (6-6, 2-4 Heartland) shot a season-high 55.9 percent (38 of 68) from the field. Newman guard Cortrael Colbert posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 assists, and senior forward Jeremy Espinoza added 16 points.

Antonio Manns led Oklahoma Panhandle (3-10, 1-4) with 21 points.

OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE ST. (3-10): Whitman 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Lazenby 4-13 2-2 14, Manns 7-19 7-9 21, Straight 2-6 4-5 10, Beene 3-7 2-3 10, Thrash 4-6 3-4 11, Slater 1-2 0-0 2, Jackson 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 25-64 19-25 77.

NEWMAN (6-6): Espinoza 6-7 0-0 16, Pegues 5-6 2-4 12, McCarther 1-8 0-0 2, Colbert 5-6 0-0 11, Baker 4-12 0-1 8, Mermezovic 8-10 2-5 18, Unrau 1-3 0-0 3, Ammons 1-8 3-4 6, Veenis 1-1 2-2 4, Julian 5-6 0-0 12, Michaelson 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 38-68 9-16 95.

Halftime — Newman 50-37. 3-pointers — OPSU 8-28 (Lazenby 4-12, Straight 2-3, Beene 2-4, Williams 0-1, Slater 0-1, Thrash 0-2), NU 10-25 (Espinoza 4-4, Julian 2-3, Colbert 1-1, Michaelson 1-1, Unrau 1-3, Ammons 1-5, Pegues 0-1, McCarthy 0-4). Rebounds — OPSU 33 (Manns 8), NU 47 (Vermezovic 9). Assists — OPSU 15 (Williams 6), NU 29 (Colbert 11). Fouls — OPSU 19, NU 22. A — 387.

Newman women 67, Oklahoma Panhandle St. 52 — Northwest product Brianna Caldwell matched her career high with 23 points for Newman as the Jets won back-to-back Heartland Conference games and improved to 5-9 and 2-4 in league play. Caldwell hit six three-pointers and went 7 of 12 from the field to go with six rebounds. .

Sophomore Mali Wright added 11 points and six rebounds for the Jets, and Kesha Buckner had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Buckner also had four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Kiera Waters led Oklahoma Panhandle (2-12, 0-4) with 22 points and seven rebounds.

OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE ST. (2-12): Waters 9-18 0-0 22, Bell 3-11 3-4 10, Tatum 3-9 2-2 8, Tutson 2-7 1-2 6, Bakos 1-5 0-4 2, Saunders 2-4 0-1 4, Alavinejad 0-3 0-0 0, Bonilla 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-58 6-13 52.

NEWMAN (5-9): Buckner 4-6 2--5 11, Wright 4-5 3-5 11, Ledoux 4-14 0- 8, Tjaden 2-10 0-0 5, Thompson 0-1 0-0 0, Caldwell 7-12 3-3 23, Rosales 3-4 0-1 6, Raynor 1-5 0-0 3, Harrison 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 25-59 8-15 67.

Halftime — Newman 30-17. 3-pointers — OPSU 6-14 (Waters 4-6, Tutson 1-2, Bell 1-3, Alavinejad 0-1, Bakos 0-2), NU 9-23 (Caldwell 6-11, Buckner 1-2, Tjaden 1-3, Raynor 1-4, Harrison 0-1, Ledoux 0-2). Rebounds — OPSU 35 (Waters, Bell 7), NU 46 (Buckner 12). Assists — OPSU 7 (Waters 5), NU 20 (Raynor 7). Fouls — OPSU 14, NU 15.

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