SAGU goes to 5-0, top Crusaders, 89-71
Erskine pours in 23, Feemster has second double-double
Next up for Lions; road trip to No. 2 LSU-Shreveport
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RICHARDSON, Texas -- No. 5 ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University had eleven players score en route to an 89-71 triumph against Dallas Christian College on Tuesday night.
The victory upped the Lions record to 5-0. The Crusaders are winless in five tries.
“It was good to get a road win under our belt tonight,” Head Coach Donnie Bostwick said as the team made the 46 mile trip home.
Under Bostwick, the Lions went 9-5 on the road in the regular season two years ago. Last season they won their first 14 away games, losing only at LSU-Shreveport in the season finale.
Ironically, the Lions’ next opponent is LSU-Shreveport, on the road, next Tuesday. The No. 2 ranked Pilots are rebuilding in the early stages of this season.
SAGU jumped out to a 16-5 lead and never allowed the Crusaders to get closer than eight points the rest of the night. The lead swelled to 26-12 as the Purple Pride established a 42-29 upper hand by halftime.
Midway through the second half the lead was carved to 62-52 before a 9-2 run reestablished command at 71-54 (8:47).
The Lions were able to play three rotations, getting valuable minutes for everyone. It allowed a few starters to conserve energy.
Transfer guard Andrew Erskine (Houston, Tx / Victoria West HS, Centenary College) poured in a career-high 23 points to pace Team Purple.
The sophomore sank 9-of-13 shots, including three of five tries from downtown.
“Drew stepped up big again. He really shot it well,” Bostwick pointed out. “He hit a couple of big shots in an important stretch that stopped a (DCC) momentum run early in the second half.”
Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College), a 6’6 junior forward, accounted for 17 points and 11 rebounds.
He caught the coach’s eye as he also swished three trifectas and dished out five assists.
“Caleb had an all-around great night as well. He had another double-double and passed the ball very well.”
The team’s court leader, senior guard Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ) netted just four points after leaving the game with huge cut over his eye.
“Hondo (Gentry) missed some good looks,” explained Bostwick, “but the cut had to hinder him some. He (returned and) sparked a run out of the locker room early the second half.”
“Of course, he made his normal hustle plays (three steals).” The 6-foot guard took only four shots.
Other statistical totals of note were made by Tyler Guidry (Houston, Tx / Westbury Christian), who accounted for 13 points, including four treys and five assists.
Remington Mitchell (Mansfield, Tx / Mansfield HS) and Karor Gumwell (Victoria, Australia / Victory Chr, Southwestern CC) performed well along the baseline, each registering nine points. Mitchell ripped down seven rebounds and rejected three shots. Gumwell had five boards and one block.
Coach Bostwick saw much to like. “Remington and Karor made their presence known as did Tyler. He had a nice stat line as well.”
“As a team, we missed a lot of easy shots around the basket tonight,” he continued, “but we shot it well from the three point line (12 of 28).” The team also grabbed 23 offensive rebounds.
“Overall, we did what it took to get a solid win while getting everyone good minutes.”
After playing LSU-Shreveport next week, the team is off until December 5, when they host nationally ranked Oklahoma City University.