Down 58-51 with 1:30 to go in the second half, the Mavericks use a 9-0 run to finish the game off to beat the Pirates on the road. Cortrael Colbert hit a 3 pointer with 52 seconds left to bring the Mavs within 2 points at 58-56. The Mavs defense got a stop with 21 seconds to go and sophomore CJ Rodriguez was fouled. Rodriguez stepped to the line and sank both free throws to tie the game 58-58. With the clock winding down, the Mavs defense forced a contested shot and rebounded the ball. Cortrael Colbert was fouled after the rebound with .9 seconds left. He calmly stepped to the free throw and sank both free throws to give the Mavs their first lead since early in the first half. Independence heaved a last chance desperation shot and it veered to the right as the Mavs were victorious 60-58.
Northern improved to 1-0 on the year with the victory on the road.
Cortrael Colbert led the Mavs with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. CJ Rodriguez ended the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Independence was led in scoring by Jerry Melton with 18 points, followed by Brandon Roark and Jimmy Duplessis with 13 points, respectively.
The Mavericks will be at home to host the Friends Falcons on Wednesday, November 5th at 7 pm. They will travel to Coffeyville, KS on the 8th and 9th to face the Coffeyville Red Ravens and the Allen County Community College Red Devils.