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CHICKASHA – The USAO men’s basketball team will be returning to Kansas City for the first time since 2009 after qualifying for the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship tournament on Wednesday.

The Drovers (17-9) will actually kick off the tournament, playing in the first game at 9 a.m. Wednesday against Southwestern Assemblies of God (29-4). SAGU will become a regular opponent as they join the...

Norris Rumph

SHAWNEE, Okla. – The Drovers couldn’t overcome top-seeded and fourth-ranked John Brown in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals on Friday evening, falling to the Golden Eagles 85-74.

USAO entered the tournament as the fourth seed after losing the tie breaker to Mid-America Christian.

The tournament is a single elimination. USAO returns home and will have to rely on at-large bids to continue to the NAIA Men’s...

Zacharias Lewis

SHAWNEE, Okla. – In a nail biter in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament, the fourth-seeded Drovers came out on top of fifth-seeded Lubbock Christian 66-63 at Oklahoma Baptist’s Noble Complex in Shawnee.

“It was a good win. I knew it would be a tough game,” Head Coach Brisco McPherson said. “We did enough to pull it out, and we’ll play tomorrow and see how that goes.”

Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – Four Drovers were recognized with All-Conference honors, the Sooner Athletic Conference announced Monday.

Senior Graham Faulkner received the Co-Sportsmanship Award and Academic All-SAC, while Norris Rumph was named All-Conference First Team.

Brandon Cutler was named All-Conference Third Team and Academic All-SAC, and Shavon Scott was named Academic All-SAC.

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Darrius Bryson

CHICKASHA – Finishing the regular season with a four-game winning streak, the Drover men have secured their spot as fourth seed in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament next week in Shawnee.

The Drovers (16-8) will face fifth-seeded Lubbock Christian (15-13) at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Oklahoma Baptist is hosting the tournament, and all games will be played at OBU’s Noble Complex.

Brandon Cutler

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...

Graham Faulkner

CHICKASHA – The Drover men grabbed a nail biter of a victory on Thursday night at the USAO Fieldhouse, defeating the Oklahoma City Stars 60-57 in the final seconds of the game.

The Drovers (12-7, 5-6) led nearly the entire first half and entered halftime with 33-28 advantage. But the Stars preserved to make it a game, tying it up with nine minutes remaining in regulation, at which point the game began to go back-and-forth....

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Before the Drovers tipped off against John Brown on Thursday night, JBU coach Clark Sheehy honored USAO coach Brisco McPherson with a special presentation for his 300th win earlier this season and for years of dedication to USAO and the SAC.

"That was real nice. They didn’t have to do that, and I appreciate the gesture," McPherson said. "I appreciate the university (USAO) giving me a chance to be there as long as I’ve been there."

Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – In his senior season, Norris Rumph has become a star on the USAO men’s basketball team. But ever humble, he remains focused on the team success rather on his individual stats.

In addition to leading the Drovers in points, assists and steals, Rumph tops the NAIA Division I in three-point field goal percentage, something he credits to extra time in the gym and solid passing from his teammates.

Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – The Drovers had no problem battling conference foe Saint Gregory’s on Saturday afternoon, crushing the Cavaliers 96-63.

After giving up a couple of early layups, the Drovers (11-6, 4-5) took control of the game with a scoring spree. By halftime, the Drovers had their highest lead of the half — commanding the game 51-18.