LANGSTON– After 15 seasons as an assistant at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Vinson Metcalf earned his inaugural win as a head coach of the Drovers’ men’s basketball program.
The Drovers won decisively with a 70-56 rout against Langston University on Tuesday evening at Langston.
With the inaugural win, Metcalf is happy with the result but understands this is just the beginning.
“The team played great. They were able to keep their composure while playing in a difficult place to play,” Metcalf said. “Our guys expected the challenge and came out with a win; I’m excited about the first win and would like to follow that up with many more.”
In Tuesday night’s game, the Drovers and the Lions battled back and forth and USAO went into halftime down by one point. With the Drovers needing a rally to get back in the game, the Drovers improved their shooting in the second half by sinking 46 percent of shots from the field.
In the first half, the Drovers shot 32 percent from the field, while only getting to the free throw line eight times compared to 17 times in the second half.
Three Drovers led the team with double figures with senior Kennis White leading the way with 21 points on 10-for-16 shooting on the night.
The other Drovers that were in double figures were Donnie Brown who had 17, and David Tucker, Jr., who had 15 points and a team leading four steals and four assists in the game.
The leading rebounder for the Drovers was Anthony Bolton, who grabbed 11 boards, including eight defensive to change possession in USAO’s favor.
USAO’s next game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at home against NCAA Division II Southwestern Oklahoma State.
The Drovers will broadcast the game live in high definition on USAO’s sports website, and will look to make it two wins in a row on the 2013 campaign.