Lions ascend to No. 1 in NAIA Poll
10-game win streak elevates SAGU to top spot
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released the new Top 25 Coaches Poll just minutes before 6:00pm (CST) today and there is new No. 1 team.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University moved up from No. 2 following three wins last week and a loss by former No. 1, the University of Pikeville (Ky).
It is the first time since the school joined the NAIA for such a lofty accomplishment. The Lions, riding a ten game winning streak, are 15-1 this season.
The Purple Pride are the third different team in a month to be No. 1. The honor comes with an automatic target for every oppoenent.
SAGU's lone defeat came at the hands of then-No. 2 ranked LSU-Shreveport. They beat LSUS two weeks prior to falling to the Pilots on the road.
Head Coach Donnie Bostwick's team collected seven of the ten first place ballots from the nation's ten raters. They totalled 248 voting points. The previous week they were at No. 2 with 242 points and no first place votes.
Cal State University at San Marcos is now at No. 2. The Cougars own a 20-1 record.
Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn), the nation's only unbeaten club, are No. 3 at 14-0. The Lions have the remaining three first place votes.
UPike, 16-2, fell on Thursday at then-No. 18 Georgetown College (Ky), 92-77. GC rose to No. 11 today. The defending national champion Tigers are now 14-4.
Coach Bostwick said of the poll, "They are a lot of fun for the fans. They love to see and talk about the big picture."
"Our team continues to make progress," he added, "but we have a lot of work to get done for us to get where we want to be."
SAGU plays tonight at Northwood University before travelling to face No. 24 Wayland Baptist University (12-5).
To view the actual announcement on the NAIA website at: http://www.naia.org/ The
The article appears in the left-hand column just beneath the midway point.
Note: The photo above, which also appears on the NAIA website today, was taken by Gina Godding at the national tournament in Kansas City last March.