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 than 50 percent of their shots.
Five Drovers scored more than 10 points, and senior Brandon Cutler recorded his first double double of the season with 19 points and 12 rebounds. His rebound count ties his career high at USAO.
Phillip Harris had 15 points and four assists, while newcomer Jahseth Lloyd had 14 points and seven rebounds. Junior Darrius Bryson had 13 points, and Shavon Scott had 10.
Improving on their rebounding from Thursday, the Drovers had 49 rebounds to the Lions’ 41.
The Drovers advance to 2-0 on the season. They travel to NCAA Division II Southern Nazarene on Tuesday to play at 7:30 p.m. before returning home on Saturday. They take on NCAA Division II Oklahoma Christian at 7 p.m.
Halftime of Saturday’s game was the USAO Hall of Fame Induction. USAO inducted the entire 2002 Men’s Basketball National Championship team into the Hall of Fame, including an extra special induction for Coach Brisco McPherson.
Prior to tip off, the USAO Fieldhouse floor was dedicated to McPherson as a surprise to the long-time coach. The Fieldhouse floor is now the Brisco McPherson court.