Lions Arrive in Indiana
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SAGU faces Master's on Wednesday
SYRACUSE, Indiana -- The men’s basketball team from Southwestern Assemblies of God University arrived in Northern Indiana today eager to cap the season on a high note.
In two days they will play their first game at the National Christian College Athletic Association’s eight-team national championship.
Departing on Sunday afternoon, SAGU made an uneventful 18-hour charter bus trip to Winona Lake, the site of the tournament.
The area is surrounded by lakes, resort homes, artisan shops and a museum featuring their native son, evangelist Billy Sunday.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick and the team checked into their accommodations in nearby Syracuse before an afternoon practice session.
Grace College is hosting both the NCCAA’s men’s and women’s tourneys, with all games being played in the new, 2,000 seat, Orthopaedic Capital Center.
The #4 seeded Lions, with the best record (25-10) in the field, are residing in nearby Syracuse. They will meet The Master’s College (19-14), the #5 seed, at 2:30pm (CST) on March 14. The Master's Mustangs are from California.
If Southwestern wins, they will meet the winner of the Cedarville University (Oh) vs. Truett-McConnell College (Ga). That semi-final will be played on Thursday at 7:45pm (CST).
The defending NCCAA champion is Dallas Baptist University. They are one of three teams who are members of the NCAA's Division II, including top-seeded Cedarville and Trevecca Nazarene University (Tenn).
The latter two teams are concluding their first season after moving up from the NAIA. The remaining five teams are in the NAIA.
A tournament preview of all eight men's will be posted at www.sagu.edu/athletics Tuesday night.
For more details on the tournament, including schedule and results, visit this website: http://www.grace.edu/athletics/nccaa
The team’s Tuesday’s itinerary includes an 8:00am (EST) breakfast and devotional followed by a scheduled team shootaround and a community project that involves players at local elementary school to promote education and reading.
Contact: Mark "Link" Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.