SAGU improves to 20-7 overall

Horne leads Purple Pride to second win over ranked team

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Senior guard Ronald Horne (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Waco HS) scored eight of his team-high 16-points in the closing minutes to lead Southwestern Assemblies of God University to a 64-59 defeat of #19 LSU-Shreveport on Saturday night.

In a critical contest in the Red River Athletic Conference, the Lions overcame a 47-43 deficit with 6:57 remaining by taking the lead and making defensive stops and free throws to salt away a gut-check triumph.

Southwestern picked up their second win against a Top 20 team ranked team in the past eight days. The Purple Pride will tote a 20-7 record in all games into their final three games of the regular season. Coupled with Wiley College's 61-57 defeat of St. Thomas, the Lions moved into a three-way, fourth place tie with those teams.

The Lions, who host Texas College (16-10, 12-8 RRAC) on Monday, will play both Wiley and St. Thomas to wrap-up the regular season next weekend.

The win snapped LSU-Shreveport 's 11-game winning streak. Now 19-7 overall and 17-4 in the RRAC, the Pilots also were knocked out of a first place tie with #7 Our Lady of the Lake University (21-6, 18-6 in RRAC).

It was also the Lions' first-ever win against LSUS, who entered the game with a perfect 11-0 mark against SAGU, including a 6-0 ledger in the Sheaffer Center. 

"It was nice to win a heavyweight battle," SAGU head coach Donnie Bostwick said afterwards. "They are the best defensive team in our conference and may be the best team in our conference. Chad (McDowell, LSUS head coach) averages 30 plus wins a season for a reason."
 
The final five minutes were intense and packed with suspense. It was tied three times and the lead changed hands on four occasions.
 

Game's Deciding Moments

 
The Lions took the lead for good, 53-51, on a pair of free throws by Horne with 1:50 remaining. They extended the margin to 56-51 following two plays that cost the River Pilots.
 
Derrick Parker, a two-time All-Conference forward, scored the equallizer on the game's next possession only to have it nullified for stepping on the end line as he drove upward.
 
Horne, running the point from the top of the key, passed to Duce Ward (Waco, Tx / Univ. of N.Texas, Connally HS). Double-teamed by Isiah Bazile and Cody Walker, he split them at the left elbow. The official called Bazile (bah-ZEEL) for a foul, though it appeared that Walker should have been cited.
 
His response, clapping to the official, drew a technical foul (1:13 to go) as well.
 
Horne knocked down both 'tech' free throws and Ward made one of two on the initial foul call for the five-point margin.
 
The Pilots, third in the RRAC in free throw accuracy (69%), missed 3-of-4, sandwiching a split pair by SAGU's Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan Univ, Trinity Christian School). SAGU led, 57-52, with 0:54 to play.
 
In fact, after making all six of their foul shots in a first half that saw the Pilots lead, 30-28, they converted on only four-of-13 after intermission. In the final five minutes they misfired on six-of-eight tries.
 
Ward made a crowd-pleasing play on the defensive end when he made a Greg Shyne three-ball lose its luster with huge rejection on the wing.
 
Southwestern's Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) drained two from the charity stripe. LSUS sent him there intentionally, as he entered the game just 12-of-30 (40%). The freshman swished 5-of-6 late in the game. After an errant pair by the River Pilots, Horne calmly wristed two free throws to reestablish the six-point lead at 61-55 (0:31.7). 
 
Shyne made 1-of-2 and, following a missed a pair by SAGU, he raced downcourt and fired a laser from 22-feet to slice the Lions' lead to 61-59 (0:16). Craig Grisgby (Houston, Tx / Glenda Dawson HS), iced the game with two anxiety-filled shots from the foul line. The Pilots missed two tries from beyond the arc and a Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) free throw wrapped up the scoring.
 

Bucket List: Southwestern's key second half baskets

 
The Lions were forced into netting 14-of-20 from the stripe to secure the win. Their last three baskets were acutely needed.
 
SAGU, who led 37-30 on a Ward triple and a magnificent Grigsby dunk when he trailed Horne in transition, taking a backward flip and soaring for the slam, succumbed to a 17-6 run by the Pilots.
 
Walter met an impasse at the low block, pivoted and zipped a kickout pass to a wide-open Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Christian Academy) on top of the key. Release. Rotation. Splash. Three-ball!
 
Trailing 49-46, Nwelue pitched to a driving Rambo. Entering the redwoods, the 5'10 sophomore lifted a high-arcing runner that kissed high off the glass and dropped through the cylinder at 4:18.
 
Team Purp took the lead, 50-49, on a coast-to-coast transition play. Ward caught an inbounds pass at midcourt and dished to the Flyin' Lion, Horne, as he sped by on the sideline. He zoomed towards the lane and beat a Pilot defender with a 'high-speed-in-the-net' upload from the left.
 

Bostwick's Post-Game Views

 
"Mike (Nwelue) was big tonight as was Duce (Ward) and Ron (Horne)," Coach Bostwick continued "Our bench gave us huge minutes. I thought Feemster's three might have been the play of the game. Ron attacking the basket late on the break was also a big play. We overcame a number of big challenges and did not crack." 
 
"This time of year you enjoy good wins and then wake up tomorrow with all of our focus on Texas College."
 
SAGU routed No. 5 ranked OLLU, 106-80, last Saturday, only to fall in double-overtime two days later at 6-18 Langston University. After a second defeat of a national power, the Lions hope to avoid a similar downfall.
 
Texas College visits Waxahachie on Monday at 7:30pm.
 
The Steers already own two wins over Wiley, as well as signature triumphs against LSU-Shreveport, St. Thomas and Our Lady of the Lake. The game will be broadcast in HD by SAGU SPORTS Live on SAGUtv. SAGU won the first meeting in Tyler, 74-64.
 
"After the loss at Langston," Horne said as he exited the gym, "we've got to 'bring it' every night. Tonight, we took care of business when it mattered the most."
 
He felt the difference was how well the coaches prepared the team in practice. "We did what we do very well," he opined. "We did our stuff and we came focused. We wanted this one badly." Note the emphasis on 'we.'
 

Team and Player Statistics

 
Saturday night scorers for the Lions saw Horne pace the purple with 16, including two triples and a team-best eight rebounds. Nwelue (NEW-ell-ah-way) added 13 on 4-of-6 shooting. Ward contributed nine points, five boards and blocked three shots. Walter added eight while Rambo had seven points and three steals.
 
Shyne led three Pilots in double figures with 18. Bazile was credited with 11-points and 10 rebounds. Parker tossed in 10 and ripped down nine caroms, five on the offensive glass.
 
The defensive tussle saw SAGU hold a narrow 40% (20-50) to 38% (22-58) shooting edge over LSUS. They made 20-of-27 free throws compared to the Pilots' 10-of-19. The foul count saw LSUS collect 24 to Southwestern's 21. 
 
The Lions were outrebounded, 37-30, including the rare occasion of being bested on the offensive boards, 14-9. They countered by forcing 18 turnovers, twelve in the second half, against just 14 of their own, six after halftime.
 

He said it; LSUS's McDowell

 
LSU-Shreveport's Coach McDowell said he tips his hat to SAGU. "They played better than us tonight. They had more energy than when they came to Shreveport and they really capitalized on their opportunities. We didn't."
 
"We've got to take advantage of ours," he pointed out. "They call them 'free' throws, but they were expensive tonight."
 
"I'm still pleased with our guys and our defense. We made a great run (the 11-game win streak), but we didn't make enough big shots tonight. I was, however, disappointed that we lost our composure late in the game. We have to maintain our cool, no matter what happens on the court."
 
He praised the play of Horne as well as Nwelue and Rambo for making key foul shots. "Plus, the Coaches versus Cancer (fund-raiser) night was special to Donnie as he lost his father to the disease last year."
 
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.
 
2011-12 RRAC Men's Basketball Standings
  School RRAC Overall GB Home Away Neutral Streak
7 * - Our Lady of the Lake 18-3 .857 21-6 .778 -- 13-1 8-5 0-0 Won 1
19 * - LSU-Shreveport 17-4 .810 19-7 .731 1.0 10-1 9-6 0-0 Lost 1
12 * - Texas Wesleyan 16-4 .800 21-5 .808 1.5 12-1 7-4 2-0 Won 1
RV * - SW Assemblies of God 14-7 .667 20-7 .741 4.0 11-2 7-5 2-0 Won 2
  * - Wiley 14-7 .667 18-8 .692 4.0 9-3 8-5 1-0 Won 7
RV * - St. Thomas - Houston 14-7 .667 16-11 .593 4.0 9-3 6-6 1-2 Lost 2
  * - Texas College 12-8 .600 16-10 .615 5.5 10-3 6-7 0-0 Lost 1
  Jarvis Christian 8-13 .381 9-17 .346 10.0 5-6 4-11 0-0 Won 1
  Langston 8-13 .381 8-18 .308 10.0 5-7 3-11 0-0 Won 3
  Paul Quinn 7-14 .333 8-19 .296 11.0 5-7 3-11 0-1 Lost 1
  Southwest 6-16 .273 9-17 .346 12.5 5-7 4-9 0-1 Lost 1
  Bacone 2-20 .091 3-24 .111 16.5 2-11 0-10 1-3 Lost 10
  Huston-Tillotson 1-21 .045 1-26 .037 17.5 0-12 1-14 0-0 Won 1
* - Qualified for RRAC tournament.  RV - Receiving Votes nationally, but not enough to make the Top 25.  

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Bostwick calls defensive standoff his favorite game SAGU hosts John Brown (12-3) in Thursday night biggie Box Score and Standings links below WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  They ...

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Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Replay Lions' Top 12 Plays-of-the-Night

Jan 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU takes 80-71 conference win behind playmakers Lions host Oklahoma City University on Monday at 8:00pm WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  One of the wonders of film is the ability to recal...

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Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Pair of scoring surges propel Lions to 80-71 win

Jan 12, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU tops Science & Arts with 12-0, 11-0 runs Oklahoma City visits the Sheaffer Center on Monday night Links below to:  Box Score, Play-by-Play, Standings and Photo Gallery WAX...

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SAGU looks to brand Drovers with W's

SAGU looks to brand Drovers with W's

Jan 11, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Lady Lions host USAO at 3:00pm; Lions play at 5pm SAGU Sports Live will broadcast all of today's excitement! Links to HD Video and LiveStats listed below PREVIEWS of both games...

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Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Lions steady in 86-80 road win over Wesleyan

Jan 10, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Gentry, Walter, Adoyi come up big to stymie Rams SAGU hosts USAO on Saturday at 5pm; rematch of NAIA opener Box Score and Standings (links below) FORT WORTH, Texas  --  Southw...

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SAGU in Ft. Worth to tangle with Rams

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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Freshman of the Year: Emmanuel Adoyi

Freshman of the Year: Emmanuel Adoyi

Apr 10, 2013 - Men's Basketball News

RRAC also selects All-Tourney Team Rambo, Walter, Nwelue make the post-season grade WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  During the recent Red River Athletic Conference tournament in Waxahac...

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