WAXAHACHIE, Texas. – The Southwestern Assemblies of God Lions capitalized on a small 3-point halftime lead and held back the Owls in the second to defeat The W 74-53 in Waxahachie, Tex. during the first game of the Owls Texas swing.
The Owls drop to 1-10 on the season while SAGU improves to 9-3.
"Tonight was just one of those nights that the ball just didn't want to go down for us," said head coach Brian Merkel. "We got great looks but unfortunately it just wasn't our night. Our effort was there and we just need to sustain it for the full forty minutes."
Senior forward DJ Clark led the Owls offense for the third time this season. He shot 6-for-14 from the field and 1-for-2 in 3-point range for 13 points. The one-time USCAA Player of the Week tied Josh Skinner for a team-high of eight rebounds and grabbed two steals.
Skinner was also an asset to the Owls scoring. The Starkville, Miss. native put up 12 points with three steals, one block, and one assist.
As a team, the Owls struggled to find a rhythm. The W shot 29.4 percent from the field, 13.0 percent from beyond the arc, and 52.6 percent at the free-throw line.
SAGU played the numbers game and won by shooting 42.2 percent from the field, 34.8 percent in 3-point range, and 75.0 percent at the line.
The W will be back in action tomorrow Tuesday, Dec. 18 when they head to Marshall, Tex. for the second leg of the road trip. The Owls will take on Wiley College at the Alumni Gymnasium located on the campus of Wiley College. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.