Darrius Bryson

CHICKASHA – The No. 23 Drovers snapped their streak in a 78-72 conference victory over Wayland Baptist at home on Thursday night.

Dominating much of the first half, the Drovers (9-4, 2-3) worked their way up to a 19-point lead in the first 15 minutes of play. They went into halftime leading 37-26.

Not content to give up, the Pioneers came out fighting in the second half, tying the score seven minutes later. The...

Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – A strong first half just wasn’t enough for the Drovers to overcome the No. 25 John Brown Eagles on Tuesday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.

Earlier the evening of the game, the NAIA released the newest Top 25 poll, seeing the Drovers (8-3, 1-2) jump to No. 9 and John Brown (13-3, 2-0) break into the Top 25.

At halftime, the Drovers had an eight-point lead on the strong-shooting Eagles. For the game, the...

Brisco McPherson

CHICKASHA – Thursday night was a special one on the newly-named Brisco McPherson Basketball Court as McPherson himself celebrated his 300th career win as a head coach after his team went on to defeat the No. 9 Rogers State Hillcats.

“(When I got here) I didn’t know if I’d even win three games,” McPherson said after the game. “To be somewhere as long as I have and to win 300, it’s a great accomplishment.”


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CHICKASHA – With a stunning 7-1 run to open the season, the Drover men’s basketball team finds itself nationally ranked for the first time in years.

The Drovers jumped from unranked in the preseason to their current spot at 14 in the latest NAIA poll, which was released Tuesday evening.

It is the first time the program has appeared on the rankings since finishing the 2002-03 season at No. 16.

USAO, which...

Brandon Cutler

CHICKASHA – The Drovers continue their home success on Saturday afternoon, defeating Northwood University 77-64.

The Drovers (7-1) have not lost yet at home. Their only loss was in overtime against No. 17 Texas Wesleyan.

On Saturday, the Drovers scored within the first minute and held the lead — which got up to 28 points in the second half — for the remainder of the game.

Brandon Cutler recorded his...

Norris Rumph

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...

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CHICKASHA – USAO’s Athletic Hall of Fame more than doubled on Saturday as USAO inducted the entire 2002 NAIA Men’s Basketball National Championship team into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

“For me, it was important for the whole team because it’s always going to be a team effort,” said Brisco McPherson, head coach and athletic director. “To get there and not win it in 2001, and then come back the next year and win it is just a...

Brandon Cutler

CHICKASHA – The Drovers grabbed another convincing win on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Langston University 81-63.

Struggling to really find their stride until the second half, the Drovers went into halftime 34-33, despite shooting more than 45 percent from the field.

But it was the strong second half that gave the Drovers the 18-point victory. Outscoring the Lions 47-30 in the final 20 minutes, USAO made more...

Darrius Bryson

CHICKASHA – The Drover men started off the season with a bang, easily running over NCAA Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State 70-42 in USAO’s homecoming game.

Striking first, the Drovers never lost the lead and were up by as much as 26 points by halftime. Staying strong in the second half, the Drovers secured the win.

Leading USAO was senior Brandon Cutler, who went six-for-seven from the field and scored 14 points...

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CHICKASHA – Coaching, Chicago and community. These three words represent the cornerstones of Robert Smith’s hugely successful career.
The 1996 USAO graduate achieved a milestone this past spring when he became the winningest high school coach in Illinois history, compiling a career record of 230-37 at Simeon High School in Chicago.