The USAO Drovers knocked off the #12th ranked Oklahoma City Stars 70-55. The Drovers were led by Dedrian Parmer, who had a double-double 23 points and 11 rebounds.
“Well we been preparing for OC since Thursday,” Parmer said. “I think having the Southwest Christian game moves back help us focus more on taking down the #12 team in the nation. It wasn’t easy, watching film everybody knew that this team would bring it. We just had to match their intensity. We are a very good team, offensively we can do whatever we want but defense wins championships and as a team I couldn’t be more proud of my players for holding OC to only 55 points.”
Oklahoma City entered the game leading the Sooner Athletic Conference in points per game at 91. They were shut down by the defensive play by the Drovers. On the afternoon the Drovers would force 19 turnovers and capitalize for 17 points off of those turnovers.
“I thought our guys had tremendous focus in the short amount of period we had to prepare for City”, head coach Chris Francis said. “We put together a game plan and followed through with it the whole game. We didn’t play are best basketball offensively, credit to OCU and their staff for forcing us to turn the ball over, but defensively and our low post play got us over the hump when our shots didn’t fall. Dedrian Parmer put on an All American performance once again and Geno Artison was a man on a mission on the boards. All our guards stepped up big in different ways and I’m really pleased with the whole team effort tonight, short time to celebrate because we go on the road Tuesday to play at Macu which will be a tough one. Looking forward to seeing this team to continue to grow.
For USAO (10-3, 3-2)
Cameron Hines scored 13 points while Geno Artison added 8 points and had a career day on the boards as he would pick up 17 rebounds.
For Oklahoma City (8-3, 3-2)
Elijah Christman scored 10 points and Anthony David added 11 point and 12 rebounds to finish the double-double.
The Stars got within 2 points 18-16 but the Drovers turned it on and went on a 18-7 run to end the half. In that run the Drovers were led by Parmer as he would score 5 points during that span. USAO went into half with a 36-23 lead
The Drovers would not look back in the second half as they would outscore the Stars 34-32. USAO would extend the lead to as big as 21 after a pair of free throws from Hutch Peterson. With 3 minutes left in the 2nd half the Stars managed to get the game back within single digits but the Drovers would seal the win with big free throw shooting. They would shoot 11-14 from the line and were 8-12 inside 3 minutes.
The Drovers travel to Mid-America Christian University for a Sooner Athletic Conference battle on Tuesday, Jan. 8. The tip is set for 8 p.m. CT.