CHICKASHA – Leading for nearly the entire 40 minutes, the Drovers grabbed an upset over the No. 23 Mid-America Christian Evangels despite battling several injuries.
The Drovers came out on fire on Saturday, leading by as much as 16 in the first half and by 11 at halftime, but the wear from the team’s short bench due to injuries started to show. Mid-America Christian was able to bring the game close and take the lead for the first time of the game with just over two minutes left.
The lead was short lived, however, as the Drovers took the game back over just 20 seconds later. In the remaining minutes of the game, the Drovers went 9-2 from the free throw line to pull out the 74-69 win.
Senior Norris Rumph led the Drovers with 19 points after seven buckets, two threes and three free throws. Brandon Cutler, another senior, shot 50 percent from the field and went 8-of-9 from the charity stripe for another 16 points.
Kenneth Durham, yet another senior, had a season-high 10 points and six rebounds. Jahseth Lloyd led the Drovers in rebounds, collected 12 and scoring another six points to go with it. He also had three blocks in the game.
The Drovers shot nearly 40 percent from the field. They were able to grab 11 steals, as compared to MACU’s five.
Phillip Harris and Kennis White sat out the game due to injuries sustained last week against Oklahoma City.
The Drovers (14-8, 7-7) will finish the regular season next week on the road at Lubbock Christian and Wayland Baptist.
With it being the final home game of the season, the Drovers celebrated Senior Day, honoring their seven seniors: Brandon Cutler, Kenneth Durham, Graham Faulkner, Phillip Harris, Zacharias Lewis, Dejuan Lofton and Norris Rumph.
USAO also honored Coach Brisco McPherson with a special award in honor of his 300th win, which he earned earlier this season against then-No. 9 Rogers State.
USAO upsets No. 23 Evangels
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