by natalie tristan

sagu sports info dir.

The SAGU Lions mens basketball team improved to 8-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference after a 62-58 win over Oklahoma Baptist University (6-7 in the SAC, 17-8 overall). Currently, the Lions are ranked No. 24 in the NAIA.

Once again, SAGU trailed most of the game and for much of the last half. For head coach Donnie Bostwick, he felt the game would be decided in the final few minutes, he said.

We won in SAGU style tonight, fought to the end and got big stops to finish a big win, Bostwick said. I had a feeling it was going to come down to a five minute game.

In the first half, the score stayed within a few points until freshman Micah Gentry came off the bench and made three three-pointers, finishing the night with nine points. His first two made shots were within one minute of each other.

OBU took their biggest lead before going into halftime when Cale Jackson made a three, putting the Bison up 35-28.

Bostwick predicted the game would come down to the final five minutes, he said. SAGU was able to keep OBU to only two points in the final five minutes of the game. With 3:26 left in the game, SAGU took the lead 57-56, with a basket from Marcus Price.

SAGU had 15 steals compared to OBUs eight. Senior Jonathan Walter led with three steals and junior Jason Gentry had two.

Junior Rishaad Alexander led all scorers with 18 points. Alexander also had four assists and seven rebounds. Juniors Jason Gentry and Price each had nine points. Junior Emmanuel Adoyi added six rebounds.

The Lions are tied for third-place in the SAC with Oklahoma City University.

SAGU needs to keep focused on the tasks at hand, Bostwick said.

We just have to play one game at a time and enjoy playing for The Lord. The rest will take care of itself, he said.

At 8 p.m. Thursday the Lions will take on the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha, Okla. The first time the Lions played the Drovers, they grabbed a 26-point, 96-70 win.