Football Lions rally for 31-20 victory

It was a full weekend of athletic games for many Southwestern Assemblies of God University team. The football team wrapped up their season with a 31-20 win over Texas College, the men's and women's basketball teams split their games.

A detailed article on each team will be posted overnight or on Sunday, complete with photos. Here is a brief recap:

Lady Lions fall to Oklahoma Christian, 86-58

The frenetic pace of Oklahoma Christian University took its toll quickly on the SAGU Lady Lions in an 86-58 setback. Fullcourt pressure led to a whopping 51 turnovers by a young Southwestern team, who never seriously threatened after falling behind 20-9.

The defeat was the first of the season for SAGU, who dropped to 3-1. The visiting Eagles are now 3-0.

Photos from the game and a full recap will be posted this weekend.

Lions hold off Sterling College, 76-72

Southwestern remained unbeaten at 4-0 by holding off a Sterling College team that returned much of the talent from a squad that went 21-11 last year. After leading by 10 to 14 points for most of the game, SAGU staved off a furious Warriors rally.

A big three-point basket by Dominique Rambo gave the Lions a 71-64 lead (1:35 to play). After Sterling (Kansas) drew to within 73-72, Craig Grigsby converted a pair of free throws with 0:15 remaining to preserve the lead.

When the team scored their first basket of the game, a near-packed crowd launched thousands of ping pong balls in the air for a Southwestern snowstorm, Texas style. Officials gave SAGU a technical foul for delay of game, which led to the Lions falling behind 10-2. They quickly regrouped and led 41-28 at the half.

Read the complete story later tonight or Sunday, with photos.

Football Lions rally to defeat Texas College, 31-20

The offense rallied for the go-ahead touchdown when QB Jason Rice led the team to the winning touchdown with 3:50 to play. He scored on an option run from two-yards out to give SAGU a 24-20 lead. The defense scored two TD’s, both on long returns, both finishing with laterals at the end for a TD.

The Steers were driving deep in Southwestern territory in the closing minute when freshman O’Shae Cofer intercepted a screen pass. He zoomed 60 yards before pitching the ball to Brad Heathcock , who took it the last ten yards for a game-clinching score.

The triumph ended the Lions season with a 4-6 won-lost record.

A full report, along with pictures, is coming overnight or Sunday.