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Sooner Athletic Conference Keyunta Watkins Isaak Rowe Lance Tipton Donnie Bostwick John Hudson Coach of the year

Keyunta Watkins is wrapping up a stellar two seasons with the Lions.  He currently averages over 19 points per game, which ranks him number 14 in the NAIA.  He has made 109 three point field goals for the season, ranking him second in total made in the NAIA and putting him at no. two in the NAIA in 3-Pt Fg made per game (3.5).  He also ranks nationally for total steals (49), free throw percentage (79%) and steals per game (1.581).

Last Saturday, Watkins hit the 1,000 career points scored during his two years at SAGU.  Coach Bostwick knows there isn’t a more deserving player, “Keyunta has earned every honor he has received and will receive wearing a SAGU uniform.”

Isaak Rowe had a stellar sophomore season, averaging nearly 13 points per game and six rebounds per game.  For the converted point guard, the boards are impressive.  He has also hustled for 53 steals this season.

“After a terrific freshman season, he has taken a huge step in becoming a leader on our team,” explains Bostwick, “He impacts the game in every area and is fearless, especially for a sophomore. My prayer is Isaak continues to grow in God’s plan for his life. Those plans are big.”

Freshman of the Year Lance Tipton made a spot for himself on the court, averaging nine points per game and earning a starting spot on the lineup.  In the first SAC game of the season, Tipton scored a season high 23 points against Texas Wesleyan.

“LT is the kind of young man you desire in your program and he is just a joy to coach,” says Bostwick, “He has allowed me to push him hard and has taken the heat of a starter even as a freshman.  I honestly expected this success as I see how grounded he is in his God and not in his own ability.”

And finally, Coach Bostwick was honored with the John Hudson Coach of the Year award.  Bostwick and Brennen Shingleton from Texas Wesleyan will hold the honor together.  Bostwick has led his young squad to a second place finish in the SAC as well as a 23-8 record, going 12-6 in the SAC.  This season will also be Bostwick’s fifth year in a row to lead SAGU back to the NAIA National Championship Tournament.

Coach Bostwick knows his players, assistant coaches and the SAGU administration are all a part of his honor.  He also has to give credit to those most important to him, “I have the best wife and children who are willing to share me with my team and profession. I often miss my kid’s games and performances because we are on the road. It is a tough sacrifice and they deserve this award. I am honored the SAC coaches would grace me with sharing this award with a well deserving Coach Singleton this season.”

A full list of honorees can be found at .

Next up for SAGU basketball, the Lions will play Oklahoma City University on Friday, March 3, 2017.  Game time starts 20 minutes after game one’s start time of 6pm.  OCU is currently 20-9.  The team’s matched up last week and SAGU beat the Stars 75-58.

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