CHICKASHA – The last 20 minutes were what mattered on Saturday afternoon at the USAO Fieldhouse as the USAO men mounted an unbelievable come back over Northwestern Oklahoma State.
The Drover men entered halftime down by 16 points to the conference foes. But they came back a completely different team, cutting the deficit to two in just seven minutes.
The Drovers took the lead for the first time in the game with just two minutes left in regulation when senior Kyle Hunt dunked the ball off an assist by Graham Faulkner.
A lay up and nine free throws later, the Drovers earned the 82-78 victory.
While the whole team fought tougher and smarter in the second half, Norris Rumph went 5-for-7 from beyond the arc in the second half. He scored 19 of his 21 points in the game in the last 20 minutes of play.
The Drovers’ leading scorer, Kyle Hunt, scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half as well. He went 10-for-11 from the line in the half. He ended the game with 15 rebounds.
Senior Trell Porter had 14 points and seven assists in the game. The Drovers shot nearly 59 percent from the field in the second half.
The Drovers are 14-12 overall and 10-10 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. They sit at sixth in the conference. The top eight teams will advance to the conference tournament on March 1-3 in Siloam Springs, Ark.
But the Drovers will finish the regular season with two tough games. They will play on the road at No. 13 John Brown on Thursday night before returning home for Senior Day against No. 5 Rogers State on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
It was Homecoming Week for USAO, and Chris Jeffries and Kassie Jones were crowned USAO Homecoming King and Queen at halftime of the men’s game.