CHICKASHA – The Drovers secured a 4-0 start of the season with a three-point victory over NCAA Division II Oklahoma Christian on Saturday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.
The Drovers came out strong, immediately putting themselves in the lead. They held the lead, which got up to as much as nine points, until just two minutes before halftime when Oklahoma Christian pulled ahead.
At halftime, USAO was trailing 39-34. The Eagles then led for most of the second half.
With two minutes left in the game, senior Phillip Harris took the lead back with a break away lay up. Harris, one of USAO’s leading scorers, was held to just three points in Saturday’s game.
After a free throw by OC’s Will Reinke, the Eagles went up for a game-leading three-pointer. The shot barely missed the mark, and USAO junior Shavon Scott grabbed the important rebound. He was fouled and made the resulting two free throw shots to give the Drovers the 70-67 win.
Leading the team in scoring on the night was senior Norris Rumph, who had 20 points after shooting 80 percent from beyond the arc and perfectly from the line. He also had four assists.
Senior Brandon Cutler wasn’t far behind Rumph, scoring 18 points himself. He went eight-for-15 from the field with five rebounds.
Without a go-to rebounder, the Drovers shared rebounding responsibilities, with five players collecting five each. Jahseth Lloyd, a transfer from Hill College, led the team in rebounding with six.
The Drovers shot 44 percent from the field and nearly 71 percent from the charity stripe as a team. They had 41 rebounds, 18 assists and five steals compared to the Eagles’ 37 rebounds, 16 assists and two steals.
It was the Drovers second game on the newly named Brisco McPherson Court.
The Drovers remain undefeated, having now faced three NCAA Division II schools. They travel to NCAA Division II Southwestern OSU for an exhibition game on Nov. 17 and to NCAA Division II Northwestern OSU on Nov. 20. They return home to face Northwood University at 4 p.m. Dec. 1.
The Drover women will play their home opener on Nov. 20 against Southwestern Christian. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m. It will be HSI Sensing Appreciation Night and HSI Sensing employees and their families are invited to the game for free.
Drovers squeak by the Eagles
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