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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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CHICKASHA – With three key starters and two big scorers off the bench coming back for a senior year, the Drovers are in good shape for a strong 2012-13 season.

Head Coach Brisco McPherson said he thinks this year’s team will come in with strong athleticism, coupled with the benefit that there are seven seniors and five juniors bringing in a high level of play and experience.

McPherson said he was impressed with the...

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CHICKASHA – With basketball season right around the corner, Head Coach Brisco McPherson is looking forward to showing off his team and seeing just exactly what they’ve got for the 2012-13 season.

Much like last year, McPherson describes his players as true athletes, who just might be able to put on a show for Drover fans.

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CHICKASHA – As the leaves turn from a beautiful green to a crisp gold, Drover spirit takes over campus and, frankly, Madness sets in as fans prepare for the start of Drover basketball.

Drover Madness, USAO’s annual basketball pep rally, will open basketball season at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the USAO Fieldhouse.

“It’s a fun event that kicks off the basketball season,” said Coach Brisco McPherson, who first implemented...