Lions sound their horn in 68-62 win
Horne blares for 27; SAGU now 3-0
Team prepares for indoor snowstorm on Saturday
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University got off to a 10-0 lead and went on to defeat a stubborn Dallas Christian College team, 68-62, Tuesday night in men’s college basketball.
Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ of N.Texas, Waco HS) was on his game and carried the team, pouring in a game-high 27 points. The senior guard nailed seven three-pointers on a night when SAGU shooters were thwarted by a well-prepared Crusaders team.
“They took the air out of the ball,” Southwestern’s new head coach, Donnie Bostwick said afterward of the Crusaders attempts to slow-down the pace of the game. “On top of that, we couldn’t knock down our open looks. I am just glad that we got out of there with a win.”
As for Horne, who scored more points than anyone in the NAIA a year ago, he strapped the team on his back and insured there would be no upset defeat on this night. A year ago they stunned Texas Wesleyan University (30-4 record).
“He carried us,” chimed Bostwick. “That’s what seniors are supposed to do. He came to play. Ron had his gun and he knew how to carry it.”
Southwestern generally held a double-digit lead through most of the game, but could never put away a pesky Crusaders team that was fully capable of springing an upset.
The Lions led at intermission, 32-24, and extended it to 14 in the second half. Dallas Christian got as close as six point with eight minutes on the clock. Horne then stepped up and drained three long-range buckets to effectively keep the ‘Saders at bay the rest of the game.
Sophomore point guard Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan, Trinity Christian – Cedar Hill) shook off a cold night and finished strongly, tossing in 15 points. Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) powered in 10. Nwelue (NEW-el-ah-way) included two “monster dunks,” as Bostwick described them.
Other scorers for SAGU; Craig Grigsby (Houston, Tx / Glenda Dawson HS) had 7, Christian Wood-Dvorak (Halletsville, Tx / Halletsville HS) 4, Nathaniel Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Connally HS) 3, and Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) 2. The latter pair each rammed a dunk through the cylinder.
The Lions were awarded just six free throws during the game, making four.
With the win, Southwestern improves to 3-0. Dallas Christian slipped to 1-3.
A full statistical report will be filed when they are provided.
Weather Advisory for Saturday's Indoor Game
SAGU returns to the court this Saturday afternoon, November 12, when they make their 2011 home debut. Following the SAGU Classic women’s basketball event that afternoon, the Lions will tip-it-off at 5:30pm when they meet Sterling College of Kansas.
The contest will include an early 'Southwestern snowstorm, Texas-style.'
Sterling is currently 1-2, having defeated Langston University, 92-74, in Sterling. They will play at Texas Wesleyan on Friday, November 11. Fans can follow the game with a textual, play-by-play webcast. Links will be posted later in the week.
The Warriors went 21-11 last winter and feature an NAIA All-American in 6’6 forward, Cody Brazelton.
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