The USAO Drovers (2-1) finished off the Randall University Saints (0-4) 97-82. The Drovers got a great outing from Senior Marquise Williams as he would account for 21 points and snag 14 rebounds, to finish with his first double-double on the year. The Saints highlighted player was Kashus Lyons as he would score 22 points and connect on 6 three-pointers.
In the first half, the Drovers would get off to a hot start as they would gain a quick 13-3 lead behind three-pointers from Clay Long and Cameron Hines. The Drovers would later go onto win the half 53-42 after a late 17-3 run to end the quarter that was led by Brent Clark as he would score 7 points during this run. Hines would lead the way for the Drovers with 13 points on 3-7 shooting at the end of the 1st half. The Saints leading scorer was Lyons as he would finish the half with 17 points on 5-11 shooting. The turnover battle would be locked at 8 apiece heading into the half but the Drovers would win the rebound fight 29-18, carried by 8 rebounds from Williams at the end of the half.
In the second half the Drovers leading scorer would be Williams as he had 14 in the half and finish the game with 21 points. The Saints got a great half from Antonio Wilson as he would put together 18 points and would finish the night with 22 points on 6-12 shooting. The Drovers finished the night shooting 48.5% compared to the 35.3% from the Saints. The Drovers dominated the boards as they would have 55 led by 14 from Williams and 10 from Gerard Makuntae. The Saints finished with just 27 rebound, led by Lyons and Brad Fickens who both concluded with 6 rebounds on the night.
The Drovers would get another big game from Hines as he finished with 19 points on 6-10 shooting and 4 assists. Greyden Steinmetz finished with 16 points on 5-8 shooting as he connected on 4 three-pointers. Gerard Makuntae had 10 points on the night including 6 during the second half. Makuntae also finishes the night with 8 rebounds. Lyons would finish the night with 22 points on 7-19 shooting as he would tack on 6 three-pointers for the Saints. The points in the paint proved the be a big difference in this game as the Drovers dominated this category 40-14.
What’s next for both teams:
USAO: The Drovers next regular season game will be Monday, November 19th at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Randall University: The Saints next game is Tuesday, November 13th against the Oklahoma City Stars in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Player of the game:
Marquise Williams: Williams finished the night with 21 points on 8-11 shooting and would rack up 14 rebounds to finish off the double-double.
USAO Senior Marquise Williams said “I’m proud of my teammates tonight without us collectively and getting stops on the defensive end my performance tonight means nothing we played good as a unit just a great team win I hope to keep it and get better everyday”
Randall University Senior Kashus Lyons said “We just didn’t bring it tonight. USAO is a good team and we give them credit. We have some things to work on and we’ll get better as the year goes on. We were sluggish at times tonight and against a team that scores it like USAO does, you have to bring it for all 40 minutes. We’ll learn from it.”