LSU Shreveport 96, SAGU 67
Friday night in Fort Worth, the SAGU Lion basketball team played the first of two games in the Clifford Christmas Classic hosted by Texas Wesleyan University.
SAGU (5-7) faced the LSU-Shreveport Pilots (9-0), ranked No. 5 in the nation. The two teams had met previously in the SAGU Pepsi Classic in early November with the Pilots topping the Lions by an 88-65 score.
The Lions were looking to break a four game losing streak and also hand LSU-Shreveport its first blemish on an 8-0 perfect record.
Battling through four ties, SAGU took a one point lead with 10:50 remaining in the first half on a Matt Daniels jumper.
It was the Lions first and only lead of the night, 18-17.
The Pilots engaged the afterburners as they skied to a 45-33 lead at the intermission.
The Lions came out hot in the second half opening with a 10-3 run to close the gap to 48-43.
Again it was Daniels who hit the shot to place the Lions in striking range, this time on a 3-pointer, with 17:50 left on the clock.
Once again, the Pilots turned on their turbo engines. Over the balance of the second half, the Lions scored 24 points, but LSU-Shreveport would double that with 48.
Despite the loss, Matt Daniels continued to have a good week.
After scoring 18 points on Tuesday against Oklahoma Wesleyan, Daniels scored 18 more Friday night against LSU-S.
Jason Rice scored 15 and Chris Wegener also finished in double-digits with 10. Jake Sones led the Lions in rebounds with eight.
SAGU 74, Belhaven College 68
Saturday afternoon, SAGU returned to the hardwood to face off against against Belhaven College (8-2) as the Lions were looking to get back into the win column in their final game before the Christmas break.
The first half was a wild roller coaster ride.
Belhaven, who lost on Friday night 79-72 to Texas Wesleyan, led nine times and by as much as five points.
SAGU led at five different junctures and held the largest lead of the half at eight points.
Finally, ten different times, the score was tied; as was the halftime score 38-38. SAGU's Gerren Hamilton tied the game on a Chris Wegener assist with 14 seconds left in the half.
Belhaven took a slim lead as the second half opened.
With 15:02 left to play the Lions seized the lead (48-45) on a Jake Sones lay-up.
The Blazers surged to take a seven point lead (61-54) with 8:55 on the clock.
The Lions responded with a 17-2 run and gave themselves an eight point advantage with 1:53 left.
The Blazers would trim the lead to three points with 32 seconds remaining, but on a Daniels jumper and a Jason Rice tip-in, the Lions put the game out of reach for the 74-68 victory.
Jake Sones was the Lions points leader with 24 on the night. Hamilton also reached double-digits with eleven. Wegener was the rebound leader with eight.
The Lions will rest with their 6-8 record (0-1 in conference play) until January 8, 2008, when play resumes in Hawkins, Texas against Jarvis Christian College.