CHICKASHA – The Drovers looked to exact revenge on new conference foe Southwestern Assemblies of God for a first round exit in the 2013 NAIA National Championship tournament but were unable to overcome the powerful Lions on Saturday.
The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (5-7, 2-3) did, however, give No. 2 SAGU (12-1, 5-0) a scare on the road before too many runs led to a 80-71 loss for the Drovers.
Going into the half only down by two, the game kept its back-and-forth pace until several 10-0 runs made the USAO deficit grow.
Four players earned double figures for USAO, including senior Jahseth Lloyd, who notched another 20-plus point performance, finishing up with 21 on the game. Through four games he’s played in this semester, Lloyd averages 21 a game on a 71 percent shooting from the field.
David Tucker, Jr., had 14 points while leading the team with three assists in the game and contributed three rebounds to his total.
The other two Drovers in double figure were Tyler Reynolds and Kennis White, who each claim 13 of USAO’s points on Saturday. White also had four rebounds while coming of a double-double in USAO’s Thursday night game.
USAO will continue the Sooner Athletic Conference road trip with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against new conference foe Texas Wesleyan Rams on Monday before returning home for the Drovers’ next home game against Wayland Baptist.
Tip off for that game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jan. 18. It will be Teacher Appreciation Day and all teachers and educators will enjoy free admission to the game.