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Consistent Lions ranked in Top 5 all season

Top 25 Poll   (access posted below)

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) released this week’s Top 25 Coaches Poll and there was no change in the top three teams.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University fell one place from No. 4 to fifth after suffering their first home defeat of the season on Saturday.

Moving ahead of SAGU from seventh to fourth is Columbia College (Mo). The Cougars, 26-2, are riding an 11-game winning streak. They defeated Freed-Hardeman University at home, 93-82, to avenge an earlier 80-65 setback to the Lions.

Last Thursday SAGU clinched the regular season championship in their first year in the Sooner Athletic Conference. Two days later they hosted Wayland Baptist University when they dropped a 98-91 overtime decision to the Pioneers.

A month ago the Lions ascended to No. 1 in the poll with a 15-1 record. Two days later they traveled to the Texas Panhandle to face Wayland Baptist. The Pioneers knocked off the “top cats” with an 89-82 victory.

Facing Wayland after a high point has not been SAGU’s good fortune. A very talented team, the Pioneers didn’t need any help.

Both losses to WBU were tied at 82 with a minute remaining, bringing to mind the Lions’ two defeats at the hands of LSU-Shreveport a year ago.

Since appearing at No. 1, the Purple Pride has gone 9-3. They had 248 voting points on January 21. The Lions had 217 in today’s poll.

California State University at San Marcos (27-1) remained at No. 1 after an idle week, while the University of Pikeville (25-2) held on to the No.2 spot.

The CSSM Cougars have one game remaining on Thursday when they travel to Costa Mesa to meet No. 10 Vanguard University (22-5).

SAGU’s sister school, Vanguard, has dropped three of five since their 14-game string of wins ended, all by eight-points or less.

The rest of the Top 10 includes Freed-Hardeman (Tenn) (24-3) at No. 6 and Emmanuel College (Ga) (24-2) at No.7.

Coming in at No. 8 is Talladega College (Ala) (23-5), followed by Benedictine College (Ks) (20-6) and Vanguard.

Other news in the Coaches Poll:

LSU-Shreveport (19-6), who split two games with SAGU in December, rose to No. 12. They won 16 of their past 17 games heading into Tuesday night’s home showdown with Wiley College (19-6).

Marquis Green, a 6'3 guard for Wiley, made 10-of-12 three-pointers to spark the Wildcats to a 102-95 upset of the Pilots. He averaged 8.2 points per game prior to tonight.

The Sooner Athletic Conference has two other teams in the Top 25 and a third receiving votes. Oklahoma City University (16-9) at No. 17 while St. Gregory’s University (20-7) moved up from No. 23 to No. 20.

The Stars have won 6-of-7 while the Cavaliers, who visit Waxahachie on Thursday, have claimed triumphs in four of their last six outings.

Wayland is at No. 28, though they have gone 4-4 in their last eight contests.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

To view the press release and the entire Top 25, visit: