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 in the game. Not far behind him was senior Phillip Harris, who had 13 points and six assists.
Senior Norris Rumph went three-for-four from beyond the arc, adding another 11 points to the Drovers’ total.
A 6-foot-3 junior, Kennis White, led the team in rebounds with seven in the game.
As a team, the Drovers shot more than 60 percent in the first half and nearly 47 percent for the game.
With it being the Drovers first game, they start off the season 1-0. They follow up with another home game on Saturday against Langston University. Tip off is scheduled for 2 p.m., and USAO plans to induct the entire 2002 Men’s Basketball National Championship team into the Hall of Fame at halftime of that game.
It was USAO’s student homecoming game, as well as the first day of Alumni Homecoming and USAO’s 40th Anniversary of Athletics.
Jacob Alexander and April Lawrence were named Homecoming King and Queen during the crowning on Thursday night.
Student groups competed all week in contests and participation to win the homecoming prize, which was awarded to USAO’s sorority, Sigma Psi Omega, also at halftime. Drover Nation Spirit Club came in second and American Sign Language Club came in third.