A shorthanded University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma men’s basketball team managed to pick up a win Thursday.
The 13th-ranked Drovers moved to 5-2 on the season — and 1-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference — at Drover Fieldhouse in Chickasha by defeating Central Christian College of Kansas 104-92. USAO handed Central Christian its first loss of the season.
Being shorthanded, USAO got plenty of balance on the offensive end of the court. Led by Cameron Hines’ game-high 29 points, five USAO players reached double figures in the game.
Greyden Steinmetz followed Hines with 24 points. Those two players combined to hit 12 of USAO’s 17 3-pointers in the victory.
Colen Gaynor (16), Stephon Hall (14) and Tre’veon Ellis (12) were the other three double-figure scorers in the win. Ellis also had 13 rebounds.
The Drovers got out to a commanding lead in the first half, building their early lead to 14 points. One of Steinmetz’s treys gave USAO a 41-27 lead over its opponent.
Central Christian started to work its way back and only trailed by five at halftime. USAO went to the second half with a 48-43 advantage.
Central Christian took the lead in the second half and held a 64-60 advantage. That was its largest lead of the game.
With the game continuing to get closer to the finish line, the two teams found themselves tied at 77 points apiece. USAO managed to outscore its opponent 27-15 the rest of the way to secure the victory.
With the game tied at 77, Hines and Hall buried long-range shots as part of an 11-0 run that gave the Drovers control of the game once again. The Drovers made 17 of their 36 3-point attempts and held a 24-point advantage in that category.