Bostwick calls defensive standoff his favorite game

SAGU hosts John Brown (12-3) in Thursday night biggie

Box Score and Standings links below

walter-jon-shoots-vs-macuWAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  They may have misfired but the engine never sputtered.

No. 2 ranked Southwestern Assemblies of God University refused to surrender to an Oklahoma City University team that was up to the task in a 68-63 victory on Monday night.

It was a classic defensive standoff in which it seemed the visitors were destined to outlast the surrounded hosts. To make matters worse, the home team was practically out of ammunition and wouldn’t be rescued by the bench this time.

It was a white-knuckler, an edge-of-your-seat drama in which SAGU was dead tired; playing their sixth game in twelve days, and Head Coach Donnie Bostwick refused to call a single time out.

In short, he trusted his team to figure it out, to find a way. And, like TV’s MacGyver, they did just that, building an airplane out of duct tape and a paper clip.

The Lions, now 13-1 overall and 6-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Making only 31% of their shots, which included a 4-of-31 beyond the arc, they discovered old school grit would get the job done.

SAGU took a lead at 19-17 when a Jonathan Walter (Garland, Tx / Garland HS ) layup was the result of steal by Caleb Feemster (Addison, Tx / Trinity Chr-Addison, Ranger College ). They would not trail again.

The well-coached Stars, whose M.O. is a tenacious defense, clawed like badgers until the final horn.

SAGU established their largest lead at 37-27 with over fifteen minutes remaining. Terry Johnson then fueled a 13-5 run to get back in the game after he sank a pair of free throws. It was 42-40 with 9:50 to go.feemster-three-vs-usao

Twice in the second half they cut the deficit to one point before finally scoring the equalizer at 49 on a Dema Sane (dim-AH sin-AY) free throw with 6:07 to play.

Feemster, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, said at that point the team dug in their heels and fought with their hearts.

“Down the stretch we decided we weren't going to get beat,” he stated after the game. “We made stops when we needed to. We hit shots when we needed too.”

“It came down to who wanted it more, and as a whole, we want it a lot. The Lions are a hard team to outwork.”

An old Southern expression sums it up well: "They are eat-up with ‘want to.’"

OCU Head Coach Dionne Phelps said similarly.

“They came up all of the 50/50 balls, the offensive rebounds. They play with desire and were very tough down the stretch.”

His recognition of the Lions is because his team plays much the same way.

Tied at 49, SAGU regained the lead by scoring the next two baskets. Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Trinity Chr CH, Ok Wesleyan Univ ) swiped the ball near midcourt and dashed to cash it in.

Walter, who seemed omni-present, scored inside following a Rambo pass. The lead was 53-49 at the 3:49 mark.

Three times the Stars came to within two (53-51, 56-54 and 63-61) points, but the Lions replied with Walter – thanks to another Rambo assist, a layup by Rambo and two free throws by Caleb Gentry (Hondo, Tx / Hondo HS, Ok Wesleyan Univ ).

Two costly missed shots and two costlier turnovers in the last minutes forced the Stars to foul in order to get the ball back. Rambo, Gentry and Feemster finished it off.

“It was my favorite victory of the season thus far, because we found a way on a night when we couldn't throw it in the ocean,” said Donnie Bostwick, the Lions’ third year coach.

“We were consistent,” he added, tongue in cheek. “We shot 30 percent overall and 12% of our 3’s in both halves. But any basketball junkie appreciates these kind of wins.”

He mentioned that 21 is a multiple of God’s number (7). “We had 21 offensive rebounds, forced 21 turnovers and 21 came up big all night,” he added in reference to Walter’s jersey number.

“I’m very proud of the presence that showed through our team on the floor. Missing shots did not bring frustration or division,” Bostwick continued.

“Give OCU's defense credit. They have a great team. I think they are as good as anyone in the country. Their only losses are on the road to 14-1 St. Greg's, Southwestern Christian and two good NCAA D2 programs.”

“We need to catch our breath the next two days then do our best to finish off this home stand. We have an upcoming 5-game road stretch.”

Thursday clash vs. nationally ranked John Brown

SAGU will be at home on Thursday to host John Brown University (12-3 record) at 8:00pm. It will be the last home date until February 8.

The game will be broadcast in HD by SAGU Sports Live. Fans can also follow on a LiveStats webcast.

Numerical Forensics

Rambo led the Lions with 18 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, and collected four assists and made three steals.

Walter and Feemster each had 14 points. The former ripped down a game-high nine rebounds while the latter swished three of eight from outside the arc.

Gentry added 11 points and four steals. Emmanuel Adoyi (Little Rock, Ark / LR Parkview HS ), limited by early foul trouble, finished with six boards and six points.

Overall, the Lions held a 43-42 edge in rebounds, committed 12 turnovers while coaxing 21.

The Stars outshot SAGU, 41% to 31%. However, the Lions fired 15 more shots (70 to 55), a figure that reveals the fruit of offensive rebounds and opponents’ turnovers.

SAGU was 20-of-29 on the foul line to OCU’s 10-of-19. The Lions gained the edge there in the closing minutes.

The Stars placed three in double figures, paced by Jamaal Crayton’s 13.

OCU had a 13-4 lead at 10:45 in the first half after held the Lions to a frostbite-like 1-for-16 start.

SAGU came out of hibernation when Walter and Rambo converted two baskets apiece in an 11-0 run to lead, 15-13. They made it look easy, a word that was never uttered again.

According to Feemster

Feemster gave credit to his team’s frigid shooting.

“OKC did a great job of forcing tough shots. That’s why we did not shoot the ball very well tonight.”

“Our team is very confident in close games,” he explained. “It comes down to who wants it more. We always know that when our shots aren’t falling that we can rely on our defense to create opportunities for us to score.”

“These last six games have been huge for us,” he summarized. “We are playing unselfish basketball.”

“Coach Bostwick has stressed making the "extra pass" a lot the last few games and we have been doing it well. People are creating and getting open shots for themselves and for their teammates.”

“I've never had more fun playing than with this group of guys.”

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.

Box Score:   http://www.dakstats.com/WebSync/Pages/BoxScores/BoxScores.aspx?association=10&sg=MBB&sea=NAIMBB_2013&team=440&compID=169881                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Click on the split blue box in the right corner to read the play-by-play)

Standings:   http://www.soonerathletic.org/


 

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Lions cage high-scoring Evangels, 82-77

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

SAGU hands MACU first conference defeat Rambo, Feemster combine for 52 pts, defense forces 23 turnovers Photo Gallery, Box Score, Standings (links below) WAXAHACHIE, Texas  -- &nbs...

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Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Lions hold off MACU, 82-77, improve to 9-1

Jan 05, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  No. 3 Southwestern Assemblies of God University overcame a quality opponent in nationally ranked Mid-America Christian University (Ok), 82-77, on Saturday evening i...

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SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

SAGU hosts first-ever SAC games on Saturday

Jan 04, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

MACU teams lead the SAC; men score 99 ppg Evangels rosters sprinkled with Texans; games aired in HD WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Playing Mid-America Christian University is not new for ...

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Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Lions corral Bison, 89-76

Jan 03, 2014 - Men's Basketball News

Rambo racks up 40, wins shootout with Woods Lions host front-running MACU on Saturday; game aired on SAGU TV Box Score, Play-by-Play, and Standings links below SHAWNEE, Oklahoma &...

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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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