Panthers host SE Oklahoma St. and Ark.-Monticello in DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic

Drury Panthers in DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic
Nov. 23-24 — O’Reilly Family Event Center       
DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic
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Panthers host DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic
Drury is at home for the first time in 2021-22 as they host the DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic on Tuesday and Wednesday in the O’Reilly Family Event Center.
The Panthers are 1-2 after starting the season with a 1-1 mark in the Ferris State Classic in Big Rapids, Michigan. Last Friday, Drury fell at Southern Nazarene 80-71 as Obi Okafor led the Panthers with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Head coach Chris Foster is in his first season leading the Drury program and will be on his home bench for the first time this week. Foster took over from Steve Hesser, who retired after 17 seasons leading the Panthers and 41 years as a head coach. Foster spent the previous three seasons as head coach at McKendree and was the head coach at Truman State for four years prior to his stint with the Bearcats.
Victor Nwagbarachoa leads Drury in scoring through three games averaging 14.7 points, while junior Malek Davis is putting up 13.8 points per game.
About the Savage Storm
Southeastern Oklahoma State is 2-1 after opening the year with a loss, 79-78, to Minnesota-Moorhead, then winning 80-64 over Wayne State (Neb.), and Arlington Baptist, 128-70.
Jett Sternberger is averaging 31.7 points for the Savage Storm and scored 55 points against Arlington Baptist on Wednesday.
Southeastern Oklahoma State went 8-11 last season and two years ago were 23-8, reaching the 2020 NCAA-II Tournament. The program’s previous nickname was the Savages and featured former NBA star Dennis Rodman from 1982-86.
About the Boll Weevils
Arkansas Monticello is off to a 3-1 start. The Boll Weevils defeated Lincoln, 73-67, in their opener on Nov. 13, then lost to number-one ranked Northwest Missouri St., 75-52 the following day. Arkansas Monticello then won home games over Arkansas Baptist, 96-52, and Randall, 92-51.
Ray Price averages 17.5 points for the Weevils, while Richard Feagin, Jr. is putting up 16 points per game.
UAM won the Great American Conference last year, going 16-5 overall and 12-4 in the regular season. The Boll Weevils received the GAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA-II Tournament after winning the GAC tourney and lost to sixth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist in the opening round.
Drury: 1-2
Southeastern Oklahoma St.: 2-1
Arkansas-Monticello: 3-1
Missouri S&T: 0-1
Head Coaches
Drury: Chris Foster (1st year, 1-2/8th year, 118-82)
Southeastern Okla. St.: Kelly Green (10th year, 137-125)
Arkansas-Monticello: Chris Tapp (1st yr., 3-1/13th yr., 171-162)
Missouri S&T: Bill Walker (3rd year, 10-37/9th yr., 69-120)
All-Time Record vs Opponents
Drury 0-1 vs Southeastern Oklahoma St.
Drury 2-1 vs Arkansas Monticello
Last Meeting
Southeastern Okla. St. 71 Drury 70 (Dec. 17, 1976 in Ada, Okla.)
Drury 99 Ark.-Monticello 60 (Nov. 13, 1998 in Cleveland, Miss.)
DoubleTree Thanksgiving Classic Schedule
Tue.: Missouri S&T vs Arkansas-Monticello, 3:15 pm
Tue.: DRURY vs Southeastern Okla. St., 7:45 pm
Wed.: Missouri S&T vs Southeastern Okla. St., 3:15 pm
Wed.: DRURY vs Arkansas-Monticello, 7:45 pm
Drury vs Evangel — Saturday
3 pm — O’Reilly Family Event Center

This article is provided by Drury University Athletics