Lions lost leads and made big comebacks

Men's basketball rides rollercoaster for huge win

A Southwestern Assemblies of God University sports menu chocked to the max in games, but wasn’t very filling in terms of wins. What the afternoon lacked in triumphs, it more than made up for in memorable plays.

Here are the headlines and summaries. A full report on each will be posted tonight.

BASEBALL

The Lions were swept at #24 ranked Northwood University, 10-1 and 15-3, after a 9-6 setback on Friday. SAGU is now 9-8 overall and 0-6 in the Red River Athletic Conference. Both games were competitive until the host Knights broke them open with a big inning, helped by a handful of SAGU errors.

The biggest hit was a mammoth solo home run in the first game by Ben Chavez and a triple by Donovan Vess in the second game.

The Lions will play a single home game this Friday against Texas Wesleyan Wesleyan at the Waxahachie Sports Complex at 4:00pm.

SOFTBALL

The young Lady Lions came up on the short end of two road games against Langston University. SAGU did, however, take a 1-0 lead in each game before succumbing by scores of 11-1 and 18-1.

While playing shorthanded due to injuries, Southwestern battled valiantly. Kasey Poovey gave the Lions reason to roar with a leadoff triple in the second game. She was driven in on a smash by Shannen Davis.

The much anticipated home debut for SAGU is next Friday, March 2, at 3:00pm on the new campus ballpark. They will face Texas College, whom they’ll play twice the following day in a doubleheader that is set for a noon start.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

A huge comeback by Southwestern came up short in a 57-49 defeat at the hands of Wiley College. Trailing 45-23 with 15:04 to play, SAGU stormed to within 52-49 with 1:57 remaining. It capped a furious 26-7 surge in which they denied Wiley a single basket over the game’s final 16:29.

Two reserves spurred the rally. Read the details later tonight.

The Lady Lions still maintain their advantage in the fight for the final spot in next week’s conference tournament. They host St. Thomas on Monday night, Feb. 27. It will wrap-up the regular season and the careers of two seniors.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

A game with giant pendulum swings saw SAGU escape with a come-from-behind 91-87 win at Wiley College. The Lions built a 16-point first half lead only to lose it early in a second half that saw them concede momentum completely in falling behind by 16 at 71-55 with 14:00 to play. That was a 32-point swing!

Not only did Southwestern rally to reclaim the lead, but lost it again as well!

The final two minutes were rollercoaster-like. A two-fisted dunk tied the score for SAGU and a 3-pointer put the team on top to stay. Read the stirring account later tonight. The Lions moved up to fifth place and could finish in fourth with a win in their finale in two days.

The final home game of the year awaits on Monday, February 27, when the Lions welcome St. Thomas to the Scheaffer Center. They will also pay tribute to a pair of seniors. The SAGU pep band will be there live as well.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.