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Teams travels to Science & Arts (Ok) on Thursday 

Today's Top 25 poll results; post-season destinations listed

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Fans of Southwestern Assemblies of God University basketball will want to view the highlights of Saturday’s doubleheader sweep against Southwestern Christian University.

SAGU won the women's game, 68-66. The Lady Lions assembled a 27-point lead before holding off a frenetic comeback by the SCU Lady Eagles. The Lions led from start to finish in a 78-56 victory.

The SAGU Sports Network fan page posted an exciting video package of the big plays in both the Lady Lions and Lions triumphs presently on their Facebook site.

Watch it at:  https://www.facebook.com/SAGUSportsNetwork?ref=br_tf

Witness the launching of long bombs by both teams, a perfectly executed fastbreak pass from Taylor Hill to Nia Winston, two treys from E-Man Adoyi, Andre Crear, another from deeper range by Caleb Feemster and a pair from Jirah Rodriguez.

The Lions had eight different players drain triples – watch for them on the video!

A rare play came when Jon Walter, finding no one to throw to on an inbounds pass, instead, intentionally tossed the ball inbounds at a defender’s back. Walter stepped in bounds and retrieved the ball and then scored an easy layup.

It’s all on video tape with great narration from Rob Price.

SAGU Sports Live will broadcast six more games over the next month, all in High Definition. The next will be this Saturday, February 8, when SAGU hosts Texas Wesleyan University comes to town.

The Lady Lions game starts at 3:00pm (CST), the Lions at 5pm. A pre-game show begins approximately fifteen minutes prior to the opening tip.

NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll: SAGU remains at No. 4

Tuesday’s most recent Top 25 poll was released, where the Lions (19-2 record) retained the No. 4 spot. They racked up the same 230 points as the previous week.

No. 1 Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn) (18-1) lost their first game of the year on a three-point basket at the buzzer. They slipped two positions to No. 3.

Cal State-San Marcos (21-1) are this week’s No. 1 team, while the University of Pikeville (Ky) (19-2), moved up to No. 2.

Right behind the Lions is No. 5 William Carey University (Miss) (15-2) and No. 6 Columbia College (Mo) (20-2).

View the entire Top 25 at: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?&ATCLID=209395628&DB_OEM_ID=27900

There have been six different No. 1’s in the seven weekly polls. Five more remain before the post-season begins.

Three other Sooner Athletic Conference comrades appear in this week’s rankings. Mid-America Christian University (Ok) (13-5) are at No. 14 and St. Gregory’s University (Ok) (16-5) slid to No. 24.

Receiving votes at No. 30 is Oklahoma City University (11-8).

Two Assembly of God sister schools are ranked as well. Vanguard University (Cal) (19-2) is at No. 9. Southeastern University (Fla) (17-4) is No. 25 in Division II.

Fans Headed to Chickasha, Ok should wear Pink

Thursday’s SAGU at USAO game will begin at 8:00pm. Fans are encouraged to wear Pink in support of the fight against cancer.

The University of Science & Arts University (USAO), who is sponsoring the Pink Out Cancer event, is located in Chickasha (CHICK-ah-SHAY).

It is a 230 mile trip from Waxahachie. Their campus is 43 miles southwest of Oklahoma City. The Drovers, who have defeated four ranked teams this season, are 8-10 overall.

Livestream Video and LiveStats will be available. Details will be listed in Thursday’s preview, which will be posted here.

A win by the men's team will be No. 200 in the seven year career of Head Coach Donnie Bostwick.

Post-Season Options

All 11 teams in the SAC enter the conference tournament. It will be held in Shawnee, Ok. during March 5-8.

The regular season SAC champion as well as the tourney champs receive an automatic entry into the NAIA national tournament in Kansas City, Mo., March 19-25.

Should the Lions stumble and miss out on Kansas City, they would compete in the Central Regional of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA).

Oklahoma Christian University (NCAA Division II) will host the event, March 11-15. The winner advances to the nationals in Indiana the following week.

The Lions have nine games remaining; only three opponents have a losing record.

Six of the final nine contests will be played at the Sheaffer Center, starting with Saturday’s big clash at 5:00pm against Texas Wesleyan University.

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.
 

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