SAGU men top Langston University
Source: Mark Warde Sports Information Director
WAXAHACHIE - Led by an improved defensive effort, the Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s basketball team defeated Langston University, 67-58, on Saturday, Jan. 7 in a Red River Athletic Conference game.
SAGU led from start to finish in improving their overall record to 10-2 and their conference mark to 4-2.
Langston, who had won three of their previous five games, fell to 3-9 and 3-4 in the RRAC.
After getting off to a 9-0 start this season under new Head Coach Donnie Bostwick, the Lions dropped consecutive road games to #23 ranked Our Lady of the Lake University (10-3, 7-0) and #7 Texas Wesleyan University (10-2, 5-1).
SAGU was #27 in the most recent Coaches Poll by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The next poll was released on Monday, Jan. 9.
The host Lions grabbed a 13-4 lead on the strong play of sophomore guards Craig Grigsby (Houston, Tx / Glenda Dawson HS) and Dominique Rambo (Dallas, Tx / Oklahoma Wesleyan Univ, Trinity Christian – Cedar Hill).
Each time the visiting Lions knocked on the door with a scoring run, Southwestern answered with a clutch reply. Limiting Langston to 8-of-28 shooting (28 percent) in the first half led to a 30-22 halftime advantage.
SAGU extended their upper-hand to 38-28 on a lasered three-ball by James Ford (Victoria, Tx / Faith Academy) with 16:35 to play. LU then assembled a gutsy, 9-1 run over the next 4:20.
They made 3-of-5 shots and 3-of-4 free throws, with all of their points coming from Nate Barfield and Modteets Williams.
SAGU coughed up the ball twice and took four errant shots, all threes.
Langston had carved their shortage to two, 39-37, with 11:53 showing on the clock. Seventeen seconds later Grigsby ripped the nets from beyond the arc for his second trifecta of the night.
It may as well been a dagger.
The game was played at a fast pace and was physical. Fifty-six fouls were called, the team totals separated by just one.
Both squads had 30 free throws (SAGU made 20, LU 18), and each team shot 36% from the floor.
Southwestern’s contagious hustle may have been the difference.
The Purple Pride out boarded the taller, visiting Lions by a 39-29 margin, including 13-6 on the offensive glass. SAGU made 16 turnovers while forcing 21.
Rambo led all scorers with 19 points, with Grigsby and Horne netting 16 and 10. Walter and Ford were credited with nine and seven points respectively.
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