SAGU advances to NAIA title game, to air on CBS Sports
Waxahachie, Texas — March 19, 2013 — Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) fans packed SAGU's McCafferty Hall Monday night to watch the Lions make history, win the NAIA Division I semifinal, and advance to the NAIA title game Tuesday night. The Lions will face Georgetown (Ky.) at 7:35 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, March 19.
SAGU is the first Red River Athletic Conference team to make the NAIA Championship game since 2006. SAGU won a hard-fought match against no. 2 Lindsey Wilson College that was tied at 31 at the half. SAGU rallied to their most decisive win of the tournament (80-64) with a strong, second-half defense. The 16-point margin of victory was larger than the combined 13-point margin in SAGU's first three tournament games.
“It was amazing,” said SAGU Head Coach Donnie Bostwick. "All season long, our team has gotten stronger and our guys know where that strength comes from. They have a lack of fear and seem to draw on a strength when fatigue tries to set in. They are young men that I am so proud of.”
Lindsey Wilson Head Coach Paul Peck said, “SAGU was terrific tonight, and we simply did not play well. I give all the credit to Coach Bostwick and his kids. They had a great game plan and executed it on both ends of the court.”
The game with Georgetown is primed for the story books. SAGU was 10-22 two years ago on the end of a 15-year drought. Under the leadership of Donnie Bostwick, now in his second season as SAGU Men's Basketball Head Coach, the Lions improved to 27-11 this season. They rose to #6 in the national coaches poll and won the Red River Athletic Conference.
The Lions rank in the Top 5 nationally in field goal defense and offensive rebounds. The team also ranks among the best teams in the country in steals and three-pointers per game.
The semifinal was broadcast on ESPN3. The title game will be carried live on CBS Sports Network. Channels vary depending upon provider.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located in Waxahachie, Texas. The University was established in 1927, and now offers more than 60 associates, bachelor’s or master’s degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.