Southwestern Assemblies of God University came back home to the Sheaffer Center after their narrow defeat to Mid-American Christian University on Saturday. SAGU hosted Central Christian College (Kan.) on Thursday night. The Lions (14-3, 6-3) were able to regroup as they took care of the Tigers (8-9, 1-8) late pulling out a 77-60 victory.
Josh Kashila led the Lions in scoring with 21 points. Darian Davis recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Mitchell McMullen (11) and Nyk Mason (10) also hit double-figure scoring.
SAGU shot 52% (32-61) from the field including 33% (6-18) from behind the arc.
SAGU narrowly won the rebounding battle 44-41.
The Lions got a massive boost from their bench as they scored 26 points on a night where things started slow.
Davis scored the first couple buckets as SAGU jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
CCCK rattled off 10 straight points to let SAGU know they came to play.
McMullen hit a deep three and a mid-range bucket to give SAGU the lead (13-10) with 12:47 left in the first half.
There were 5 ties or lead changes over the next several minutes, but SAGU had a 26-22 lead with 3:49 left.
CCCK got a couple of stops and baskets in the last couple of minutes to tie the game 28-28 at halftime.
Howard Turner and Davis scored the first eight points for the Lions as they led 36-34 early in the second half.
CCCK would tie the game at 41-41 with another long range three.
McMullen hit another three-pointer, but it was quickly answered as the SAGU lead was cut to 50-46 with 11:46 left.
Mason didn’t have quite the production he has had over the past couple weeks, but he did provide a spark for the Lions. Kashila hit him with a long pass as he jammed it in. Mason immediately followed it up with a breakaway windmill jam after a steal. The crowd was in a frenzy and forced CCCK to call a timeout. SAGU was up 56-46 win 10:00 remaining.
Kashila would score 9 points over the next 6 minutes to steady the Lions and give them more breathing room. SAGU would ride their double-digit lead to an eventual 77-60 win.
SAGU was set to continue their homestand on Saturday against Langston (Okla.) back at the Sheaffer Center on SAGU campus.
SAC women: SAGU 91, CCCK 70
Southwestern Assemblies of God University was back at the friendly confines of the Sheaffer Center in hopes of ending their four-game losing streak against Central Christian College (Kan.). The Lions were able to even up their overall record by beating the Tigers (5-11, 2-7) by the score of 91-70.
Lexi Rich hit seven three-point shots as she scored a game-high 34 points. Tamera Derrough posted her season-high in scoring with 20 points. Kiara Glenn (14) and Sydney Meador (13) also posted double-figure points.
Alexis Casher pulled down 10 rebounds. The Lions were all over the glass as they snatched 53 rebounds compared to CCCK’s 41.
SAGU (8-8, 3-6) was looking to get another win against Sooner Athletic Conference opponent Langston (Okla.) (5-7, 3-5) on Saturday at the Sheaffer Center.