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February 13, 2020

Waxahachie, TX- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) Men’s Basketball team welcomed in Mid-American Christian University (MACU) to the Sheaffer Center on Thursday night. The #2 ranked Evangels (24-1, 14,1) gave the #15 ranked Lions (19-4,11-4) their only loss over the past fourteen games in January by the score of 90-86. SAGU went toe-to-toe once again with the Evangels and fell just short, this time by the score of 80-79.

Nykolas Mason scored 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds against MACU

Top Performers

  • Nykolas Mason ( SO/Frisco, TX ) posted his second double-double in the last three games. He scored a game-high 29 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
  • Joshua Kashila ( JR/Euless, TX ) and Darian Davis ( SR/Garland, TX ) were the only other Lions players in double-figure scoring with 14 points each,
  • Kashila led all players with 5 assists.
  • SAGU won the rebounding battle 41-31 including a 13-10 advantage in offensive rebounds.
  • SAGU shot 44% (28-63) from the field including just 24% (6-25) from behind the arc.
  • The Lions outscored the Evangels 36-30 in the paint, but MACU’s bench outscored SAGU 37-10.

Lions Review

  • Noah Boling ( FR/Van Alstyne, TX ) hit the first three-pointer of the game to give the Lions a 3-2 lead over the Evangels.
  • Back-to-back three-pointers by Mason and Kentton Williams ( SR/Levelland, TX ) gave SAGU an 11-7 lead with 14:21 left in the half.
  • MACU came back with a 16-4 run to take a 23-15 lead with 9:34 remaining in the half.
  • Davis nailed a long-range shot to cut the lead to 27-21, but the Evangels went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 35-21 with 5:42 remaining in the first half.
  • The teams traded baskets as SAGU would trail 39-31 the halftime.
  • SAGU spent the first several minutes of the second half trading baskets with MACU, but the couldn’t cut the Evangel lead below seven points.
  • A Terrance Hubby ( SR/Mansfield, TX ) layup left the Lions trailing 57-50 with 11:18 to go in the game.
  • The Lions couldn’t seem to come up with any stops as they continued to trail 66-56 with 7:48 left.
  • SAGU made it a point to get Mason the ball down the stretch and it paid off. Mason tied the game 69-69 with two clutch free throws. He scored 11 of the Lions’ 13 points during that time.
  • MACU got the lead back to five (76-71) until Davis hit a massive three-pointer for the Lions to make it a one-possession game again.
  • Mason got the rebound after an Evangels missed free throw and pushed the ball up the floor. He hit a short jump shot off the glass to give the Lions a 79-78 lead with under ten seconds remaining.
  • MACU inbounded the ball under heavy pressure from SAGU then bobbled the ball around half court. They threw up a wild shot from about 35 feet as the whistle blew to signify a foul.
  • The Evangels hit two of the free throws to escape with the 80-79 win.

What’s Next

SAGU will look to regroup as they travel to Oklahoma as they battle the University of Science & Arts (Okla.). The game will be played on Saturday, February 15 th at 3:45 pm.

As a leading Christian university, SAGU educates and prepares individuals who want to serve Christ and others. SAGU helps students discover and develop their God-given callings in a Spirit-empowered, learning community.

We believe in affordable tuition, made possible in part through the financial support of donors who embrace the mission of SAGU and the importance of affordable, accredited programs to train Christians for leadership in ministry, business, education, and service.

Most majors are available in-person in Waxahachie, TX, and online through a wide range of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

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