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Men's rise to no. 13 in NAIA Coaches Poll

SAGU hosts Huston-Tillotson on Thursday

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Progress is progress, especially when it can be measured. In the 1952 movie classic, “Hans Christian Anderson,” Danny Kaye sang “The Inch Worm.”

While the gauging larva’s rhythmic and forward, looping movement was minor as it appraised a marigold, Kaye sang, “you and your arithmetic will probably go far.”

He concluded by singing, “Inchworm, inchworm, measuring the marigold; seems to me you’d stop and see how beautiful they are.”

The methods of the caterpillar geometer moth (inchworm) perfectly depict the ascension in the NAIA Top 25 Coaches Poll of the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team.

Tuesday’s weekly press release from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics labels the Lions as the no. 13 team in all the land.

They were #14 a week ago, after incremental advances since the start of the season.

Excluding Monday’s 102-70 rout of New Mexico’s University of the Southwest, SAGU began the week with an 11-game winning streak that resulted in a 20-3 won-lost record.

At #13, it is the school’s highest ranking ever. Beautiful!

Click here for the complete NAIA Coaches Poll

With less than a month remaining in the regular season, it is safe to assume the Lions are not finished with their measured upward drive.

In voting tabulations, Head Coach Donnie Bostwick’s club has racked up 176 points. They trail #11 Xavier University (La) and #12 Westminster College (Ut) who have 179 and 178.

Schedule: Thursday at home, Saturday on the road

The Lions host Huston-Tillotson University on Thursday night. The Rams recently knocked off a ranked Texas Wesleyan University team, 90-83, in overtime.

SAGU will take to the road on Saturday with a strong challenge waiting in Houston. The University of St. Thomas is ranked in this week’s Coaches Poll and boast of a 17-5 record.

The Celts have won four in a row and are currently third in the Red River Athletic Conference with a 12-4 mark.

Along with no. 21 LSU-Shreveport (16-4), St. Thomas has the league’s best home record at 9-1. They have taken seven straight inside the Jerabeck Activity & Athletic Center (JAAC).

Houston has indeed been a problem for the Purple Pride. UST, now in their fourth season, have tamed the Lions during all three of their journeys to the Jack.

The Celts (pronounced like Kelts) won a year ago, 76-68. Then in the 2010-2011 season they crowned the Lions with a 71-56 count. Their first season witnessed a 67-59 UST triumph.

A 3-0 week, capped with a road win in H-Town could propel the Lions even higher. At least by an inch.

Chad Waller, the NAIA’s Director of Communications & Sports Information, will release the next poll on Tuesday, February 12.

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

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