The SAGU Lions men’s basketball team (7-1) suffered their first loss of the season to Wiley College (2-3), 88-79.
Head coach Donnie Bostwick knows how hard it would be to have had a perfect season and said that road games are tough.
“There is always going to be adversity on the road,” Bostwick said. “We fought through fouling three players out, and had a couple tough calls, but I have to do a better job of having our guys ready to deal with adversity. All we can do is learn from the loss.”
In the first half of the game, SAGU led by as many as 13 points. SAGU was up by nine, with two minutes left in the half before Wiley went on a 7-0 run, and cut the Lions' lead to four going into halftime.
With less than two minutes left to play, it was still a one possession game. On a drive to the basket, Jason Gentry was called on a charge. Altogether, Gentry was called for four charges. Gentry, Tyler Guidry and Josh Swearingin all fouled out.
The biggest positive, Bostwick said, would be the way his bench played.
“Our bench, led by Andrew Erskine, kept us in the game,” Bostwick said. “Drew led us with 16 points and 5 rebounds. That was a really bright spot.”
Erskine, who is a junior, lead the Lions in scoring with 16 points. Seniors Tyler Guidry added 13 points and Jason Gentry had 12 points. Erskine and junior Emmanuel Adoyi both had five rebounds. Phillip Miller led scoring for Wiley College with 33 points.
Two weeks earlier, SAGU topped Wiley at home, 91-84. Both Wiley and SAGU received votes in the NAIA pre-season poll.
Now the Lions have a week off. Bostwick said the team will spend time preparing for their next game on Dec. 2.
“Our next game will be an even tougher road game,” Bostwick said. “We start conference play against a really good MACU team. God is good as we are 7-1 and everyone is healthy. We have a lot to be thankful for.”