Tied at 61, Lions drop exhibition game, 72-64
Midwestern State finishes game on 11-3 run
SAGU begins season on Tuesday at home
WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University took #22 Midwestern State University to the final three minutes before coming up short, 72-64, in an exhibition game on Thursday night.
It was the 20th consecutive home win for the NCAA Division II Mustangs, who play at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.
The game was tight throughout, with the teams taking turns with the lead throughout.
It was tied on ten occasions, the last at 61-61. That came when Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Hondo HS) drained a 3-pointer on an assist from Jon Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS) with 5:35 to go.
Monzaigo Williams, a junior guard, sank a three-ball with 5:18 remaining for a 64-61 lead the Ponies would not relinquish. He scored eight of his game high 15 points in a closing 11-3 run to win it for Mustangs.
The closest the Lions came the rest of the way was 65-64 on a triple by Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan Univ., Trinity Christian) at 3:21.
They would not score again. In the final five minutes the Lions connected on 1-of-11 shots, seven of them errant triples, as well as missing two attempted free throws and making two turnovers.
Rambo led three players in double-figures, scoring 13-points. He also had seven assists in 33 minutes.
Walter had a very productive effort with 11 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore swished 4-of-9 shots. Redshirt freshman Devante Dunn (Wills Point, Tx / Will Point HS) accounted for 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting before fouling out.
Gentry and James Ford (Victoria, Tx / Faith Academy) netted nine and eight points respectively, with both guards swishing a pair of three-balls. Mike Nwelue (Lewisville, Tx / Lewisville HS) had four points and eight boards in 26 minutes.
SAGU shot 37% (22-of-60) for the game, 7-of-21 from three-point range, and were only 13-of-27 on the foul line.
Midwestern, 29-4 last season, shot 38% (25-of-65), canning only 7-of-22 triples. From the foul line they were 17-of-25.
The lead changed hands nine times in the second half; the Lions’ last came at 58-56, with 6:48 on the clock. Rambo assisted back-to-back threes from Ford and Dunn for the two-point advantage.
Ford gave Team Purp a 31-20 lead with a ‘three’ and a driving layup by Dunn propelled SAGU to a 37-34 lead at intermission.
SAGU home debut on Tuesday, 7pm
The Lions will open the season on Tuesday, Nov. 6, when Dallas Christian College visits the Sheaffer Center at 7:00pm.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick has informed fans that weather forecasters are calling for an indoor Texas Snowstorm. “Be early,” he said. “Be loud and proud.”
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