Huston-Tillotson 89, SAGU 87

The SAGU men’s basketball Lions were looking to get back the magic they had in Oklahoma when they won two games on the road in conference play.    

Last Thursday, Wiley stopped the winning streak, which brings us to last night’s opportunity against Huston-Tillotson in the Full Life Center to get the winning ways working again.

After falling down four points to Huston, Matt Daniels put the Lions back on top with a three-pointer and SAGU led 8-6.  Tillotson then rallied with a 9-2 run and took a 15-10 lead over the Lions.

After three ties, SAGU then power up from a 20-20 score and took a 30-23 lead on an Andrew Gonzalez three-pointer with 8:13 remaining.

HT cut the lead to one point, 32-31 before the Lions would go on the prowl again.  The Rams would score only six more points in the half, the Lions would score 12 more to build a 44-37 halftime lead.  

In an impressive first half for the Lions, the pride shot 69 percent from the field, hitting 18 of 26 shots.  Leading this attack was Jake Sones and Matt Daniels who combined for 19 points, 12 rebounds, and five assists.

Quickly, in the second half the Lions moved out to a nine point lead on a Jake Sones lay-up.  Five minutes into the second half, Huston had cut the lead to one, 52-51.   With 4:33 remaining in the game, Matt Daniels hit one of two free throws and the Lions led 82-67.  

But the Rams would not go out quietly.    Huston went on a 16-0 run over the next three minutes and this run would steal the lead from the Lions, placing SAGU down, 83-82.  

Both teams traded free throws to tie the game and with :55 seconds on the clock, then Matt Daniels made the second of two free throws to lead 85-84.   Huston then responded with a two point shot in the paint to retake the lead by one.

Jake Sones then hit a lay-up on a Gerren Hamilton assist to give SAGU an 87-86 lead with 19 seconds left.  The Rams again went back down court and made another two pointer to put SAGU back down 87-88.

The Lions on their last possession, missed a jumper, and Huston then made their final free throw and stole the game from the Lions, 89-87.

Despite the loss, Matt Daniels and Jake Sones posted impressive performances.  Daniels scored 24 points while Sones scored 21 on the night.  Sones also led in rebounds with eight.   Gerren Hamilton posted a team high nine assists.  The Lions as whole were moving the ball around well as the unit collected 23 assists on the night.  

The Lions are now 2-6 in conference having played three of their best games in their last four contests.

Huston-Tillotson 72, SAGU 61

The SAGU Lady Basketball Lions came into their Monday night contest in the Full Life Center with Huston-Tillotson attempting to get over the proverbial “hump.”    

After leading late into their last game and losing by only a few points in three of their four games, the Lady Lions were looking to close the deal against the Lady Rams.

Huston scored the first goal of the game, but Heather Jefferson tied the game at 2-2.  

The Lady Rams pressed and forced a 12 point lead (24-12).  But with 10:40 left in the half, Rachel Harris hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to nine points and SAGU trailed 24-15.  Huston then continued to take two shots to SAGU’s one and at the half, the Lady Lions trailed 45-25.    

Stephanie Hawkins scored the first two points of the second half and was followed by a Nicole Linen two pointer to cut the deficit to 16 points as the second half opened.   For a while this would be as close as the Lady Lions would get until the final few minutes of the game with a late surge.

Heather Jefferson hit one of two free throws to cut the Lady Rams lead to 16 points with 2:17 remaining (72-56).  Jefferson then hit another two pointer to trail by fourteen.  Chelsea Jones made herself another two-pointer and SAGU was down only twelve.   Finally, with time running out, Nicole Linen made one more free throw and SAGU run out of time as their last push fell short, 72-61.

Chelsea Jones had one of her best nights of the season, sinking 18 points and grabbing 13 rebounds.  Nicole Linen followed with 11 points and Rachel Harris also hit double-digits with 10 points.  Jones also recorded three blocks.

Next up for both teams is a Saturday night battle with Paul Quinn College in Dallas.

This will mark the first game on their second turn through the Red River Conference.