Lions (11-3) lose late, 64-60 lead

Wiley coach Andre Payne praises SAGU fans

WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- In a game filled with big plays, Wiley College rallied for a 70-68 triumph over Southwestern Assemblies of God University in a physical, exhilarating thriller played before a near packed Sheaffer Full Life Center.

The match-up of teams both receiving votes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Wildcats snapped a late 66-all tie on a dunk by Kenny LaGuerre to come away with a hard-fought win in the Red River Athletic Conference.

SAGU suffered their first home setback after winning their first five inside the friendly confines of the Sheaffer Center.

The team’s record slid to 11-3, with each defeat coming against a nationally ranked opponent. In dropping to sixth in the RRAC at 5-3, the team has lost three-of-five since their 9-0 start.

The visiting Wildcats, now 10-4, are 6-3 in league play. They have won seven of their last eight games.

Southwestern was in arrears 44-37 with fifteen minutes remaining. They rose up during a 27-16 rush to claim a 64-60 lead with 6:14 to play.

Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ. N.Texas, Waco HS) had a pair of acrobatic scoring drives to put SAGU on top and Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) followed a missed three-point attempt by Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan, Trinity Christian – Cedar Hill) with a monster dunk and the four-point lead.

Wiley head coach, Andre Payne was forced to call a time-out as the crowd was going crazy and the momentum swaying. 

Tenacious described the closing six minutes where both teams missed numerous opportunities against growling defenses.

The Lions finished by making one of their final eight shots while Wiley went two-of-five. On the foul line, SAGU converted 2-of-4 compared to Wiley trying 16 free throws. They made only five of them. There were just three turnovers in that time span, two by the host Lions.

SAGU had a 66-63 advantage when Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS), who had stroked a 3-ball earlier, bolted down the right side of the lane to go up 66-63 with 4:27 showing. They would not get another basket the rest of the night.

Wiley's Christopher Tolbert fed Jerald Ardoin who tied the contest with a money shot trifecta from the top of the key with 4:10 to play.

Then, following a Rambo miss, came the game’s decisive field goal. Senior guard Richard Simon misfired only to have LaGuerre (like La Gary) clean-up by jamming a two-hander through the rack for a lead they would not relinquish at the 3:24 mark.

The teams traded free throws, with Walter draining a pair for SAGU. The Lions, down by 70-68, had six possessions in the final eighty seconds.

An errant inbounds pass turned into a backcourt violation. Then, Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian) was off the mark from 15 feet before a Walter trey went begging as it rimmed out.

Horne, the All-Conference senior guard, was tripped while driving the baseline. The ball rolled away with a no call from the officials. After missed Wildcats free throws came the game’s biggest defensive play.

Grigsby, a fearless sophomore guard, fired an open 14-footer from the right wing in a bid to knot the score. Ardoin (AR-dwahn) jumped like a trout at a mayfly to block the shot with 0:12 on the clock.

Still, the Wildcats missed another pair of freebies on the line, giving SAGU another chance.

Horne got the rebound and zoomed coast-to-coast. He knifed the left side of the paint with a defender draped tight as skin on a grape. His left-handed layup was short and the expected whistle went silent with three seconds remaining.

Wildcats steal one on the road

“Another night in the Red River,” said a relieved Coach Payne as he exited the Wiley locker room. “This was huge for us. This conference is in the top three nationally, in my opinion. Anybody can beat you. Tonight we were able to steal one on the road from a team that has been playing very well.”

“We had just lost a tough one at home (to St. Thomas), so we had to make up for it on the road,” he surmised.

“I will tell you this,” said the coach of a team that was ranked for the first time since their NAIA playoff team of 2007 (they were #15 that season), “Coach (Donnie) Bostwick has done an excellent job here. His team doesn’t have a lot of size, but the size of their heart is incredible! They go for rebounds and loose balls with great heart.”

“The Lions simply don’t give up. I mean, they all dive for loose balls,” he added.

Southwestern outscored Wiley from the field, making five more baskets (24 to 19), including three more triples (8-5). They also had more rebounds than the clearly taller Wildcats, 47-42, with a 17-15 edge on the offensive glass. Both teams had less than twenty turnovers.

Free throws offset Lions shooting, rebounding edge

The difference was in Wiley’s ability to get to the foul line. Payne attributed that to his team’s advantage in height and their superior inside game. SAGU was cited for 31 fouls compared to 20 called against the guests. Three Lions fouled out.
It resulted in 46 free throw attempts for the Wildcats, of which they made 27 (59%). They were 17 of 29 in the second half. SAGU was 12-of-18 with nine tries in each half.

Home loss stings, says Coach Bostwick

Coach Bostwick refused to mention the huge free throw disparity in his post-game comments.

“It was our first home loss in almost sixty games for one of my teams,” he explained, linking SAGU and Oklahoma Wesleyan University, where he served for four years. “I take the blame. We were not prepared defensively to get the big stops we needed.”

“Things like poor inbound plays and rushed shots reflect on me,” he said. “We had a four point lead and a great crowd. We had worked super hard to get to that point with a lead.”

“There is an art to finishing games at that point; with (defensive) stops, rebounds and making free throws. Getting five-second calls, backcourt violations, and fouling late are all things that we simply should be prepared to avoid,” he continued.

“We have a long ways to go but losing at home stings. Shooting in the low 30's (.348) makes you have to work so hard to win games. In some ways I was proud of my guys for giving us a shot but we have to get better and hold ourselves accountable.”

He piped up with grin and added, “I was thrilled to see our ladies team pull out a hard fought victory. Coach (Arlon) Beadles and his girls competed to the end. It was great to see. Hopefully we can both hold home court on Saturday.”

On Deck: Paul Quinn College at home on Saturday

Southwestern plays host to Paul Quinn College at 7:30pm in the Sheaffer Center.

The Tigers, from Dallas, are 4-9 overall and 3-5 in the RRAC. They swept both meetings last year, 71-68 in overtime and 88-85 at SAGU. The series is tied, 3-3, in the past three years, with PQC taking the last three.

Statistically Speaking

SAGU placed four players in double digits. Rambo led with 14, followed by Nwelue 13, Walter 11 and Horne with 10. The starting line-up outscored the Stash Cats (reserves) 38-30, though they struggled from the field (25%), connecting on 12-of-47.

Horne and Nwelue (new-WELL-a-way) each grabbed nine rebounds, with the former latching on to seven offensive boards.

Ward had six caroms in just 13 minutes before fouling out. Grigsby netted nine points and led in assists.

Wiley was paced by LaGuerre, a 6’9 junior from Houston. He totaled 18 points, 11 rebounds and blocked six shots. Simon and Ardoin each scored 10, with the latter claiming 11 boards and two blocks, including the one at the end.

“It was an excellent block,” Coach Payne said. “It was absolutely crucial. We had to have it.”

He said the turning point for his team was when they had fallen behind 64-60. “I had to call a time out. The (Nwelue) dunk allowed the crowd to really get into the game.”

Now in his sixth season in Marshall, the coach said the adjustments they made during that one-minute break included trying to get his offense back to attacking inside and to step-up their perimeter defense.

“Simon was able to get inside and both LaGuerre and Ardoin had great games,” he said. “We were able to get crucial rebounds when we needed them. Against SAGU, with so many good shooters, you must defend the three-point line.”

Southwestern fans have swagger

He went on to compliment to SAGU crowd.

“This is the first time in my years here that the atmosphere was like this. They have always been supportive of their team. But this group is different,” Coach Payne quipped. “They cheer like they know they’re going to win. They have swagger.”

“It was a great college basketball atmosphere. They got after us, but it was clean and they were having fun. We enjoyed your fans.”

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SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

Jan 09, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Fans can make the short trip or follow on Live Stats Rebounding is urgent for Lady Lions; all-out defense for Lions Men's SAC Preview of all 11 teams (click here for attachment) ...

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SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

SAGU moves up to No. 2 in NAIA Poll

Jan 08, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lions earn one first-place vote, trail UPike (12-1) Waxahachie, Texas — January 9, 2014 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) appears at No. 2 in this week’s N...

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Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Rambo garners National Player of the Week award

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Coach Bostwick explains individual honor is for the team Link to NAIA official announcement:  http://www.naia.org/  View Highlights vs. MACU (directions below) WAXAH...

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Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Rambo named SAC Player of the Week

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Senior point guard scored 40 and 32 points in two games Watch highlights of the win over MACU on Facebook WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  On the strength of averaging 36 points per ga...

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Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Lions place five in double-digits, win 79-66

Jan 07, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Back-to-back-to-back treys are one of three scoring runs Rambo, Walter, Feemster pace the Pride; SAGU plays Thursday at Rams Box Score, Standings links (below) BETHANY, Oklahoma &n...

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Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU hands MACU first conference defeat Rambo, Feemster combine for 52 pts, defense forces 23 turnovers Photo Gallery, Box Score, Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- &nbs...

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Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  No. 3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University overcame a quality opponent in nationally ranked Mid-America Christian University (Ok), 82-77, on Saturday evening i...

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SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

Jan 04, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

MACU teams lead the SAC; men score 99 ppg Evangels rosters sprinkled with Texans; games aired in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Playing Mid-America Christian University is not new for ...

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Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Jan 03, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Rambo racks up 40, wins shootout with Woods Lions host front-running MACU on Saturday; game aired on SAGU TV Box Score, Play-by-Play, and Standings links below SHAWNEE, Oklahoma &...

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SAGU holds off OBU, 89-76; Rambo scores 40

SAGU holds off OBU, 89-76; Rambo scores 40

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SHAWNEE, Oklahoma  --  In the first league game for Southwestern Assemblies of God University, behind the explosive play of Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ&...

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Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Lions open league season Thursday at OBU

Jan 02, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Watch the match-up to SAC's top two teams in Coaches' Poll Game Day Preview / Video Coverage  (click here) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of the league season in th...

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SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

SAGU holds off Patriots, 75-70, improve to 7-1

Dec 17, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Walter erupts for career-best 30 points Bostwick also lauds play of Gentry, Gumwell Links Below:   Box Score, Photo Gallery from the game, Current Standings, Individual Player Sta...

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Lions close semester at home on Monday

Lions close semester at home on Monday

Dec 16, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Arlington Baptist (4-5) takes on No. 3 SAGU (6-1) Patriots' ability to limit outside shooters will be put to the test WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first semester comes to an end...

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No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

No. 3 Lions shake off rust in 74-49 triumph

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU depth, defense wears down Tigers Feemster, Walter fuel offense; Mitchell blocks seven shots Box Score (at bottom of story) Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathle...

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Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Lions rise to #3 in NAIA Coaches Poll

Dec 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is tied with Pikeville College in third Columbia College (8-0), Georgetown College (9-1) are No. 1, No. 2 (Entire Poll posted below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The first...

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Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Bostwick talks about being picked #2 in the SAC

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions Head Coach discusses fans and home games SAGU begins conference season the first week in January WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The start of Southwestern Assemblies of God Universit...

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SAGU has local road game on Tuesday

SAGU has local road game on Tuesday

Dec 08, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Catch the Lions, Lady Lions in S.E. Dallas Study Break for fans; SAGU has home game on Dec. 16 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  While its finals week at Southwestern Assemblies of God Unive...

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SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

SAC Coaches pick Lions to finish second

Dec 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Oklahoma Baptist voted as the team beat SAGU hosts OBU on Jan. 4 in broadcast biggie WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The head coaches in the Sooner Athletic Conference picked Oklahoma Bapt...

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River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

River Pilots steer past Lions, 84-75

Nov 26, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU outscored 12-4 in final five minutes Conference season begin on Dec. 5 vs OKC Stars Box Score and Play By Play (links below) Next Coaches Top 25 Poll:  December 10 SH...

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No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

No. 5 Lions take on #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight

Nov 25, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Fans can follow the game's play-by-play on-line Friendly rivals meet at 7pm on the Red River at The Dock SHREVEPORT, Louisiana  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God Universi...

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SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71

Nov 20, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine pours in 23, Feemster has second double-double Next up for Lions; road trip to No. 2 LSU-Shreveport Current SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php ...

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Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Follow Lions roar tonight on Twitter

Nov 19, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU teams play at 6pm/8pm in Richardson Games will be rematches from November 5th doubleheader WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s an...

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Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Lions cage Tigers, 82-67; whip 13 three-pointers

Nov 15, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU off to 4-0 start for third straight year Gentry, Guidry, Mills, Feemster reach double-digits Box Score (link below) SAC Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4...

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SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

SAGU entertains Paul Quinn tonight at 7:30pm

Nov 14, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Men's hoopsters ranked No. 3 in NCCAA pre-season WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Ranked number 5 in the NAIA's Pre-Season Top 25 Coaches Poll, the Southwestern Assemblies of God Univer...

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Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Lions top No. 2 LSU-Shreveport, 83-72

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Erskine, defense propels No. 5 SAGU against Pilots O'Neill, Davis, Starks provide essential lift for Team Purp WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Sparked by a solid defensive effort, the ...

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#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

#5 Lions host #2 LSU-Shreveport tonight at 7pm

Nov 12, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Teams almost met in last year's NAIA championship game Preview of Players to Watch WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Tonight’s clash between No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport and No. 5 r...

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SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

SAGU tops McPherson in OT, 92-82

Nov 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Gentry, Mills, Feemster lead Lions to 2-0 start On Deck: No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport on Tuesday Box Score  and SAC Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Dem...

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Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Gentry's infectious, "all out" energy drives Lions

Nov 07, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Wood-surfing typifies desire of senior leader NEXT: SAGU plays host to McPherson College, Sat., 5:00pm SAC Standings:  http://www.soonerathletic.org/sport/0/4.php  WAXAHACHIE...

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Snowstorm of threes lead Lions to 95-62 win

Nov 06, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

All ten players score, seven drain treys in SAGU debut Point Parade: Gentry 21, Mills 17, O'Neill 15, Feemster 13 WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  After a near-packed Sheaffer Center cr...

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Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Hoops season tips off to threat of snow

Nov 05, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU is ranked #5 in NAIA Coaches Poll Lions play host to Dallas Christian on Tuesday night LiveStats link:   http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/Webcasts.aspx?association=10 ...

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SAGU men's basketball roster announced

SAGU men's basketball roster announced

Nov 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Three starters will return, along with a deep cast Lions open the season at home on Tuesday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In his first year as Head Coach at Southwestern Assemb...

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Men's Basketball adds two games

Men's Basketball adds two games

Oct 23, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Lions to play home/away against Ecclesia College SAGU schedule now complete with 30 dates WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men's baske...

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Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Lions announce 28-game hoops itinerary

Oct 03, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU schedule has early national match-up Final roster decisions forthcoming; three starters return WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’...

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National runner-up Lions sign five

National runner-up Lions sign five

May 31, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Solid recruiting class; Bostwick expects to add more SAGU introduces Davis, Dixon, Gumwell, Mills, Mitchell WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Head Coach Donnie Bostwick wasted litt...

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Delivering service 3-points at a time

Delivering service 3-points at a time

May 07, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Senior Spotlight: Hoopster James "Truck" Ford A heart for God and a penchant for the trifecta WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Known for a tender heart and killer three-point s...

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View the "Journey to Greatness"

View the "Journey to Greatness"

May 01, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Video captures Lions championship season Highlights of big plays and big dunks in big games  WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The recently produced video that chronicles the hi...

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Hall of Fame to post Rambo photo

Hall of Fame to post Rambo photo

Apr 18, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Coach Bostwick named NABC President WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The memories from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team’s run to the national championship ...

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Rambo named NAIA Co-Player of the Year

Rambo named NAIA Co-Player of the Year

Apr 11, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

Waxahachie, Texas — April 11, 2013 — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee announced Southwestern As...

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