Lions finish 2013 ranked No. 2
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.
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|
|3||2||Lindsey Wilson College (KY)||33-5||262|
|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.