CHICKASHA– USAO and NCAA Division II Northwestern Oklahoma State battled back in forth until the clock hit 00:00 in the Drovers’ season opener on Wednesday night in Alva.
The Drovers (0-1) and Rangers had a tale of two halves as USAO won the first half, and NWOSU chipped the Drovers lead and end up with the 80-77 advantage.
Shavon Scott, senior from Milwaukee, Wis., led the team with 17 points and was 5-for-14 shooting on the night. Scott went 4-for-4 from the foul line and contributed three 3-pointers in the game.
Three other Drovers got into double figures in points with Anthony Bolton and Tyler Reynolds contributing 13 points each, and Markens Charles scored 10 in the game along with five assists and four steals.
The leading rebounder for the Drovers was Ahmir Balley, who grabbed six defensive rebounds.
The first half saw the Drovers give up the lead only once with several back and forth moments. USAO’s largest lead in the half was eight points.
In the second half of play the Drovers took a one-point lead from halftime and built a five-point lead.
With five minutes left in the game the Rangers answered back, leaving the Drovers behind in a run of points with no answer.
The Drovers will head to Louisiana for a Saturday evening road game against No. 2 LSU-Shreveport. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., and the Drovers will look for the upset to win No. 1 of 2013-14 season.
After the game against LSU-Shreveport, the Drovers will return home for USAO’s Homecoming on Tuesday evening against NCAA Division II Central Oklahoma. USAO’s Student Activities Board will crown the Homecoming King and Queen at halftime.
This game will be USAO’s first basketball game to feature live stats and video. The link for the live stats/video can be found at USAO's athletic web site.