The SAGU Lions were looking to keep their winning ways going Thursday night in the Full Life Center against Wiley College. †
Saturday night against Bacone College and Monday night against Langston University (both games in Oklahoma) the Lions picked up their first two conference wins. †
On Wednesday, Wiley fell out the NAIA top 25 and SAGU wanted to help continue that slide.
After falling behind 12-7 four minutes into the game, the Lions came back and took a three point lead on a Daniel Pease jumper with 10:08 left in the first half. †
Wiley then would take a five point lead before Chris Valliere would tie the game at 22-22 on a two point jumper with 6:30 remaining. †
Wiley then started running up and down the court and ran up a 16-8 stretch on the Lions that played out until the half.†† As the first half ended, SAGU trailed 38-30.
Gerren Hamilton opened up the second half scoring and moved SAGU to within six points of Wiley, 38-32.
Two minutes later, Chris Valliere closed the gap to nine points as he made the back end of two free throws and the Lions trailed 44-35.†† This would be last time the Wildcats would let the Lions within ten points of the lead. †
SAGU had trouble keeping up with Wileyís running offense and in the end was on the short side of a 93-79 score.
Jake Sones was the Lionsí scoring leader against Wiley with 18 points.† Chris Valliere scored 17 points and he was followed by Matt Daniels with 12 and Brendon Johnson with 11. †
Sones also led SAGU in rebounds with 11 to complete his fifth double-double of the year. †
The Lions next will host Huston-Tillotson on Monday in the Full Life Center in a womenís/menís doubleheader that starts at 5:30 p.m. with the ladies contest.† †
This game will complete SAGUís first trip around conference play.
Wiley 77, SAGU 67
The SAGU Lady Lions came home to the friendly confines of the Full Life Center after two losses in Oklahoma over the weekend on Thursday night.† †
SAGU was hoping to make the Wiley College Lady Wildcats and their 3-1 conference record one loss heavier and their own win total one higher.
After two ties, the Lady Lions built a seven point lead eight minutes into the game when Heather Jefferson drove the lane to lead 17-10.† Then again, one minute later, Chelsea Jones hit a free throw to complete a three point play and again SAGU lead by seven, 20-13. †
With three minutes remaining in the half, Nicole Linen hit a jumper to lead by eight points, 35-27. †
Wiley would cut into the lead as the time waned in the first half.†† As the buzzer sounded, SAGU led 41-39 at the break. †
The Lady Lions would battle to keep the lead through the first ten minutes of the second half. †
Five times the Lady Wildcats would tie the game and with 8:04 left in the game, SAGU led by six points after a Nicole Linen jumper. †
But on back to back three pointers, with 4:54 remaining in the game, Wiley took their first lead of the night and put SAGU down 63-61.† With 4:23 left, Stephanie Hawkins made two free throws to tie the game 63-63. †
The balance of the game would belong to the Lady Wildcats who went on a 14-4 run that would perpetuate until the end of the game.†† In the end, Wiley wore down SAGU for the 77-67 final.
Stephanie Hawkins led SAGU in points with 17 and was followed by a trio of 12 point shooters; Heather Jefferson, Chelsea Jones, and Rachel Harris.†† Nicole Linenís five rebounds led SAGU.