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Norris Rumph

CHICKASHA – Averaging nearly 16 points a game, senior Norris Rumph’s performance on the court this season earned him NAIA All-America Second Team honors, the NAIA released Wednesday.

“I think it’s a tribute to him. He put the time in to make himself better, and he was the leader of our team,” said Brisco McPherson, head men’s basketball coach. “I’m happy that he was able to accomplish that. He worked at it.”

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Graham Faulkner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Character, heart and a team-centric attitude are the qualities simply dripping from USAO senior Graham Faulkner, who was named an NAIA Champion of Character at the 2013 Buffalo Funds- NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship.

Faulkner was one of 32 players nationwide to earn the prestigious honor. Players are chosen who best exemplify the five core values of the NAIA: Integrity, Respect,...

Kenneth Durham

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Playing in the first game of the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship on Wednesday morning, the Drovers started off strong, but ultimately couldn’t overcome the No. 6 Southwestern Assemblies of God in the end.

“I’m proud of the way we played,” Head Coach Brisco McPherson said. “It’s not because they didn’t want to win. That team is just so scrappy. I’m just proud of our guys. They...

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After days of agony awaiting to hear if they qualified for the 2013 Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship, the Drovers could be heard around campus yelling in joy when the coveted opportunity to play became a reality.

Less than a week and 400 miles later, the Drovers are set to compete in the first round of the tournament.

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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...