Lions suffer setbacks in Shreveport
17-game win streak snapped, 80-74
Monday Sports Update on four teams
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The regular season came to an end for the men’s and women’s basketball teams from Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Monday night at The Dock. Both went down to defeat on the road against LSU-Shreveport.
A detailed report of both games, along with the statistical box sore, will be posted later tonight.
The Lady Lions fell by a 73-37 count to the no. 25 ranked Lady Pilots. It brought to a conclusion a 9-21 season for a very young team that lost three starters for the year almost before they got started.
LSUS, who swept the season series, finished in third place with a 24-4 overall record and a 19-3 mark in the Red River Athletic Conference.
SAGU was 5-17 in league games, tied for ninth in the RRAC. A 2-12 record on the road was costly, as were a pair of one-point setbacks.
Wiley College (26-3, 20-2 in RRAC) routed St. Thomas, 89-62, to finish in a first place tie with Our Lady of the Lake University (28-2, 20-2). The Lady Wildcats will enter the Red River Conference tournament as the #1 seed based on beating OLLU twice this season.
The Lions’ 17-game winning streak came to a halt to the same team who last defeated them, LSUS. Also snapped was SAGU’s perfect 12-0 record on the road.
The Pilots broke a 72-72 tie with six free throws and a basket to thump SAGU, 80-74. The game was tied 14 times and the lead changed hands on 18 occasions.
The Lions, who once led by 10 in the first half, held a 60-55 advantage with 8:04 to play. From that point to the final buzzer SAGU made 3-of-11 shots (2-of-8 beyond the arc), and swished 6-of-9 free throws. One of the misses was the front end of a one-and-one.
LSUS was true on 4-of-8 shots (1-of-3 from long distance), but converted 16-of-18 from the charity stripe. Twice in the closing minutes the Pilots’ Rodney Milum was fouled while attempting a three-pointer. He drained all six free throws.
The Lions outshot the Pilots, 42% to 37%, a 62-54 edge in points.
Free throws spelled the difference. SAGU connected on 12-of-17 compared to LSU-Shreveport’s 26-of-31.
Rebounds and turnovers were about even; LSUS had a 39-38 advantage on the boards and made one less miscue than the Lions’ twelve.
The loss does not affect the Lions’ RRAC regular season championship, though it could impact their NAIA tourney seeding. The next Coaches To 25 Poll is expected to be released by Tuesday.
Their next game will be this Friday, March 1, at 4:00pm (CST) against Wiley College (15-15) in the conference quarterfinals. The game will be livestreamed in HD by SAGU Sports Live.
Should the Lions win, they will advance to a Saturday semi-final at 6:00pm against the winner of the #4 seed (Our Lady of the Lake University) versus #5 seed (Texas College). The team would play in the RRAC finals on Monday at 5:00pm provided they win their first two games.
A complete tournament schedule will be announced on Tuesday.
Southwestern has a pair of games in Irving on Tuesday against the University of Dallas. The twi-light doubleheader starts at 5:00pm.
The Lady Lions have won three in a row and will tote a 5-4 mark into the games. SAGU edged U-of-D twice, 10-9 and 7-6 a week ago.
Team Lioness scored just 43 runs during their 2-28 inaugural season last spring. Already they have tallied 53 times in nine games.
The Lions (9-12) will try to break a six-game losing streak on Tuesday when they tangle with Arlington Baptist College in a doubleheader. The twinbill is scheduled for a 2:00pm start at Quick Trip Park in Grand Prairie.
SAGU lost leads in four of the six defeats, including two one-run losses.
After allowing 85 runs in their first 15 games (5.6 per game), they permitted 57 during the last six (9.5). Offensively the club has pushed across 34 runners in their skid (5.7). Prior, they had accounted for 93 in 15 games (6.2).
Southwestern returns home next weekend for a 3-game set with Northwood University.
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