Basketball: USAO Vs Randall Preview

The USAO Drovers are set to square off against the Randall Saints, Friday November 8th at 7 P.M. This matchup is set to take place at Drovers Fieldhouse located in Chickasha, Oklahoma. Coming into this game the Drovers are sitting at a 1-1 record with a win over the University of Southwest earlier in the week. The Saints are still searching for there first win of the season as they are currently 0-3.

What To Know About The Drovers:

The Drovers come into this game averaging 78 points per game. The Drovers leading scorer is 5’10” Sophomore Guard Cameron Hines scoring 17.5points per game and 6 assist per contest. Hines is shooting 57.8% from the field and is 3-6 from behind the arc on the season, including 3-3 in the last outing. Another key piece to this Drovers attack is 6’9 Senior transfer from the University of Tulsa, Geno Artison. Artison is averaging 12.5 points and is grabbing 7 rebounds per contest. Artison had a very solid outing against Southwest where he scored 16 points and rack up 8 rebounds. Marquise Williams, a 6’7 Senior transfer from Lincoln University is scoring 10 points per game and leading the team with 8 rebounds per game.

The Drovers are coached by Chris Francis who is in his 4th season with the Drovers. As the Drovers head coach, Francis is 58-38 and in his second season he led the Drover to a Sooner Athletic Conference Championship and a birth into the NAIA tournament in Kansas City, Missouri. Just a season later he pushed the Drovers back in the NAIA tournament, and a 20 win season for the first time since the 2002 season where they would win the NAIA title. The Drovers assistant coaches are Chisum Lane and Cameron Ratliff.

What To Know About The Saints:

The Saints come into the game averaging 75.7 points per game and are averaging 14 turnovers per contest. The Saints offense is led by 6’2″ Senior Kashus Lyons, who is putting up 16.7 points per game and tacking on 5.7 rebounds. Lyons in the second game of the season against Mid-America Christian he dropped 29 points as he would connect on 6 three-pointers on the night. Antonio Wilson is a 5’7″ Senior guard, averaging 14.7 points per game. Wilson scored 19 points in the season opener against Southwestern where he would connect on 4 three-pointers. The Saints are coached by Mark Berokoff who is in his 6th year. In the 2015-16 season, he led the Saints to a NCCAA D2 National Championship and he would also win coach of the year award in that season.

Underrated Player To Watch:

Stephon Hall, 6’0 Freshman guard who is averaging 6.5 points per game. Hall finish the season opener at Benedictine with 9 points.

Freshman Stephon Hall said “The first two games have been fun for me just because im starting my college career. However starting my college career was bitter-sweet, we lost pretty handily the first game. Even though we lost, we showed glimpses of how good we can be. We soon got over that lost and bounced back with a win, that win meant a lot to us being out first home game. Even though we won we are still trying to get better and learn from it. We’re getting better and better everyday with practice, it’s exciting but also frustrating to know that we aren’t even close to playing our best basketball. These next few games will be a test for us and im exciting to see how we handle the challenge.”

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