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Mid-America Christian University Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s basketball

“MACU was hungrier and it showed in the second half,” SAGU Head Coach Donnie Bostwick says matter-of-factly, “They were playing to get into the SAC tournament, while we were playing for a SAC championship. It’s sad their motivation seemed bigger than ours.”

The Lions held the lead throughout the first half.  With 9:16 left in the first, Keyunta Watkins scored in the paint to extend SAGU’s lead 34-24.  By halftime, MACU was able to cut the Lions lead to six points.

With MACU’s halftime adjustments, they were quickly able to take over the lead within the first five minutes of the second half.

SAGU came within two points after Keyunta Watkins hit two free throws with 5:25 left on the clock.  From that point on, MACU outscored SAGU 17-10.

Keyunta Watkins led the Lions with 28 points and four assists. Adrian Palacios and Isaak Rowe both added 11 points.

Four of MACU’s players came off the bench to score in double digits.  They were led by Olajuwon Garner who had 17 points.

“MACU has a good team and can really score it. We did not defend at a championship level tonight, which has us once again in a must win situation at Oklahoma City,” explains Bostwick.

The Lions will be playing at Oklahoma City on Thursday, February 23, 2017.  Oklahoma City is ranked no. 19 in the NAIA.  Oklahoma City and SAGU are both part of a four-way tie for second place in the SAC.

Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.
Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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