CHICKASHA – Preparation paid off for the Drovers, who fought a tough 40 minutes against one of the nation’s leading teams, No. 4 Southwestern Assemblies of God, and came out with a huge 88-80 upset on Thursday night.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (9-10, 6-6) led nearly the entire game before defeating the Lions (19-3, 11-2) for first-year Head Coach Vinson Metcalf’s biggest win of his short career.
“It was all preparation,” Metcalf said. “The whole team played hard. They were ready for this team … They did not quit, and that’s what I’m proud of.”
After having been defeated by the Lions earlier this season in Texas and last season in the NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament, the Drovers were looking for blood on Thursday and came eager to play, especially the seniors.
Senior Shavon Scott scored a career-high 28 points in Thursday’s game. He went 8-for-15 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. He is sixth in the NAIA in free throw percentage on the season at nearly 89 percent. Scott also snatched nine rebounds and three assists on the night.
Jahseth Lloyd, senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., had his fourth double-double of the season, scoring 20 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He went 6-for-7 from the field and made eight free throws.
“Those are the seniors that we are counting on,” Metcalf said of Lloyd and Scott. “They stepped up, and they played like seniors tonight.”
Tyler Reynolds came in with another 13 points for the Drovers while teammate David Tucker, Jr., had 10. Kennis White, on his first game back after an injury a few weeks ago, score nine points.
SAGU’s Dominique Rambo scored a total of 36 points for the Lions on Thursday.
The Drovers shot nearly 54 percent from the field on the game, compared to SAGU’s 40 percent. USAO also out-rebounded the Lions 41-39.
“We’ve been close on a lot (of games this season) but I think this game may be a turning point for us. We have eight games left, so hopefully, we can go on a winning streak,” Metcalf said.
The Drovers travel to take on Northwood on Saturday afternoon before returning home to play Oklahoma Baptist, a team they faced just last weekend, on Monday night in a home game scheduled for 8 p.m.
It was USAO’s annual Pink Out Cancer game, and the players wore pink warm up uniforms while fans donned their best pink gear. The game was hosted by Drovers Against Cancer, who honored cancer survivors and caregivers.