Led by the efforts of seniors Emmanuel Adoyi and Rishaad Alexander, the SAGU men’s basketball team won its second-straight game on Saturday, topping John Brown University 79-61 at the Sheaffer Center.
The Lions victory placed them in the thick of the Sooner Athletic Conference’s playoff rush, and now they’re sitting in the middle of the pack in the Sooner Athletic Conference behind fourth place Southwest Christian University and in front of sixth place Wayland Baptist University.
“Emmanuel and Rashaad really set the tone and our bench helped us build our lead,” said Donnie Bostwick, the Lions head basketball coach. “We believe God is far from done with blessing this team off and on the floor.”
SAGU was led in scoring by Adoyi who had 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals, while junior Tyler Pate added 13 points and Alexander finished with 12 points and four assists.
SAGU also shot a perfect 12 for 12 on free throws attempts during the contest and for the first time in over three weeks, the Lions reeled off two wins in a row.
Perhaps, more importantly, the Lions held JBU to 35 percent shooting and used their defense to contest many, if not all, of the Eagles shots and to create 11 turnovers.
Bostwick said the Lions’ victory against Bacone College and after JBU, was the boost in team morale needed to sustain their momentum and push toward the postseason.
“It was a good week for the Lions in more ways than one,” he said. “We played better on both ends of the floor and really focused on defense. It is fun to watch guys commit to playing unselfish as well.”
The Lions will look to move into third place in the SAC when they host SCU at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sheaffer center.
A loss by Oklahoma City University to SCU, scheduled for play on Monday after press time, and by SCU to the Lions on Thursday could write SAGU back into the playoff conversation.