Final Top 25 Coaches Poll released by NAIA

SAGU record now 60-16 over last two seasons

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The final Top 25 Coaches Poll in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) was released and there were no surprises among the highest leaders. The top four all advanced to the semi-finals.

Georgetown College (29-8), located just 16 miles north of Lexington, Kentucky, the winningest team in the history of the NAIA; with 22 consecutive trips to the national tournament, finished the year ranked no. 1.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University, whose dream of their first-ever national title in just their second-ever trip to the tourney, ended with an 88-62 loss in the championship game to Georgetown. The game was close until the final twelve minutes when the Tigers pulled away from a seven point lead.

The Lions, kings of the Red River Athletic Conference, closed their most successful campaign ever with a 33-5 won-lost record. They rose from No. 26 in the pre-season poll to No. 6 entering the tourney. Their regular season included a string of 17 victories in a row.

Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, a finalist for this year’s 2013 Don Meyer National Coach of the Year
award, is now 60-16 in two Waxahachie winters.

The Tigers claimed their second basketball crown (1998) in school history. They have qualified for the tourney more times than any member institution, a total of 32 times.

Known outside of sports for two famous alumni musicians, Steven Curtis Chapman and Billy Ray Cyrus (father of Miley Cyrus), Georgetown finished third in the Mid-South Conference behind Lindsey Wilson College (Ky) (33-5) and the University of Pikeville (26-7).

The Tigers’ young Head Coach, Chris Briggs (31), was named the Rawlings NAIA Coach of the Year. He is 54-17 in his two years at the school of 1,300 students.

Throughout the season the previous no. 1 ranked team, Columbia College (located midway between Kansas City and St. Louis), had enjoyed an unbeaten record. They were upset by LSU-Shreveport, 79-78, during the Second Round in KC.

LSUS (27-7) nearly made it an all-RRAC national championship game.

The (River) Pilots won their first three tournament games; 91-87 over Pikeville and 77-70 over Evangel University (Mo) before stunning Columbia, which advanced them to the Fab Four.

Their string of narrow victories was broken when Georgetown’s Steve Wilson drained a 26-foot three-pointer that beat the buzzer in a 90-88 Tigers triumph. It stamped “destined” on their team as they rose to the occasion in winning five games in seven days.

Coach Kyle Blankenship’s squad came to Kansas City ranked no. 25. They completed the season at no. 4, the largest climb in the poll of all teams.

No. 3 Lindsey Wilson fell one spot. The Blue Raiders advanced to their first-ever championship semifinal contest, losing to SAGU, 80-64.

Columbia slipped to the fifth spot. The Cougars concluded play with a 35-1 overall record and were the last men’s team to lose this season among all college levels (NAIA, NCAA). The 35 victories are the most of any NAIA program in a single-season since 2007 when national champion Oklahoma City University won 35 games.

No. 19 Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) fell the farthest within the poll. Ranked fifth on March 6 and in the top 10 in 10 of the previous 11 polls overall, the Warriors stumbled in the first round of the national championship, 91-72 to Culver-Stockton College (Mo).

According to Chad Waller, the NAIA’s Director of Communications and Sports Information, the poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conference and unaffiliated groups.

Bostwick and Staff at NCAA’s Final Four

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) holds their annual conference of coaches at the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Final Four location, which convenes this weekend in Atlanta.

Coach Bostwick and assistants Garrett Jones and Kyle Tucker will take part in the business meetings while also taking in the games.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 469-658-2847.

NOTES: There were five teams to hold the No. 1 ranking this year: Georgetown joins Columbia, Concordia University (Cal), University of the Cumberlands (Ky) and Oklahoma Baptist University.

2012-13 NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Postseason Top 25 Poll

Final Rank Previous Week School (Location) 2012-13 Record Total Points
1 13 Georgetown College (KY) 28-8 281
2 6 SAGU (TX) 33-5 272
3 2 Lindsey Wilson College (KY) 33-5 262
4 25 LSU-Shreveport (LA) 27-7 254
5 1 Columbia College (MO) 35-1 245
6 13 University of Montant-Western 24-10 228
7 4 John Brown University (AR) 28-7 223
8 3 Lee University (TN) 30-4 221
9 9 Evangel University (MO) 26-7 211
10 RV Culver-Stockton College (MO) 26-9 187
11 10 Oklahoma Baptist University 25-8 177
12 11 Westmont College (CA) 25-8 166
13 RV MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS) 26-10 163
14 18 Faulkner University (AL) 29-6 162
15 8 University of Pikeville (KY) 26-7 159
16 18 Martin Methodist College (TN) 21-11 152
17 16 Hope International University (CA) 26-8 137
17 7 Cal State-San Marcos 23-7 137
19 5 Lewis-Clark State College (ID) 26-6 134
20 23 Concordia University (CA) 23-11 112
21 12 William Carey University (MS) 25-6 106
22 22 Philander Smith College (AR) 25-8 94
23 20 University of St. Thomas (TX) 28-6 80
24 16 Xavier University (LA) 24-8 78
25 15 Emmanuel College (GA) 28-5 67

Others Receiving Votes (RV): Montana State University-Northern (23-10) 66;  Arizona Christian University (20-10) 52;  Life University (Ga) (19-13) 37;  University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (17-10) 30;  Voorhees College (SC) (22-12) 11;  Rocky Mountain College (Mont) (21-13) 7;  Bethel University (Tenn) (24-7) 5;  Campbellsville University (Ky) (20-12) 4.

 

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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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