CHICKASHA – A strong first half just wasn’t enough for the Drovers to overcome the No. 25 John Brown Eagles on Tuesday night at the USAO Fieldhouse.
Earlier the evening of the game, the NAIA released the newest Top 25 poll, seeing the Drovers (8-3, 1-2) jump to No. 9 and John Brown (13-3, 2-0) break into the Top 25.
At halftime, the Drovers had an eight-point lead on the strong-shooting Eagles. For the game, the Eagles shot 52.5 percent from the field and nearly 48 percent from beyond the arc.
John Brown came back determined in the second half, scoring eight unanswered points in the first three and a half minutes to tie the score at 40. But the Eagles didn’t take the lead as the Drovers turned around to score nine unanswered themselves.
As the game went on, the Eagles wore the Drovers down and took the lead in the last five minutes of the game and were able to hold it to grab the 68-58 win.
Norris Rumph, who had just five points at halftime, was the Drovers’ leading scorer with 15 points. He shot 50 percent from the field in the game.
Brandon Cutler had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Phillip Harris had 11 points.
The Drovers next game is at No. 4 Oklahoma Baptist at 5 p.m. Saturday.
USAO returns home to take on Wayland Baptist at 8 p.m. on Jan. 17. It will be Paint the Fieldhouse Green Night and fans are encouraged to sport their Drover green to the game. Drover Nation Spirit Club will host and the Grand Spirit Squad will perform at men’s halftime.