2020-21 Men’s Basketball Standings
#12 Science and Arts (OK) – Rightfully so, USAO made a huge jump into the Top 25 on Wednesday. Going from unranked to 12th. Coach Francis has his boys playing some great basketball as they are now 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in the SAC. On Thursday, they went on the road to knock off Langston 85-64. They Drovers lead the NAIA in Defensive Field Goal % at .352 and continued to showcase that defense holding Langston to just 33% from the field. Cameron Hines led all scorers with 26 points.
RV SAGU – A talented group who burst onto the scene last season. SAGU is still without the services of All-American Nykolas Mason. The Lions went 1-1 this past week losing 93-83 in OT on Monday night, at home, to Wayland Baptist. The Lions found themselves down 41-34 at halftime before going on a big run in the 2nd half to force the OT period. Unfortunately, the OT period belonged to a hot shooting Wayland Baptist squad who pulled away for the 10pt win. Joel Polius had a big 19pt, 17reb double-double for SAGU. The Lions would bounce back Saturday though, as they went into #22 John Brown and walked away with the 75-72 victory. Joel Polius was once again dominant as he had another monster of a double-double scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
Texas Wesleyan – Got two SAC wins this week. The first one came on Monday as the Rams beat OPSU 95-69. Sharp-shooter Peyton Sallee hit NINE 3’s on his way to a game high 29 points. The Rams really opened up the scoring in the 2nd half, scoring 62 points in the half to really pull away from OPSU. TexWes would turn around and get another large win, knocking off #22 John Brown 78-48. It was the first time they had held an opponent under 50pts since 2014. Vydal Bradford dropped 20pts to lead all Rams scorers. The wins moved the Rams to 5-1 on the season and sets up a big game with USAO this week.
Wayland Baptist – Wayland went 1-1 this past week with their 3rd game on Saturday being postponed. The Pioneers got the week started off with a huge SAC road win over #22 SAGU. The Pioneers took home the 93-83 OT win behind a big performance from Freshman Devin Avent, who finished the game with 20 points. Wayland found themselves down 13 points with just over 13 minutes left in the game, but as they have proven already this season, they made a huge comeback to force an overtime period. They were dominant in the OT, as they pulled away for the 10pt win. Wayland returned home on Thursday evening to face Southwestern Christian. The Pioneers would suffer a 77-78 OT loss in that contest. Tre Fillmore dropped 21pts in the loss.
Southwestern Christian – Started the week with a big 80-77 win over #14 MACU. The win was not only big for Southwestern Christian, but also for Head Coach Brandon Rollins, who got the win over his former team and boss. The Eagles were led by York Benjamin who finished the game with 20 points and 9 rebounds. On Thursday night, the Eagles would once again have an OT game, as knocked off Wayland Baptist 78-77. Jakeem Wynn paced the Eagles with 23 points. The Eagles were unable to keep the momentum going though as they shorthanded squad lost 89-72 at Oklahoma Panhandle State. Charles Dickson had a big night, finishing the game with 27 points.
Oklahoma Panhandle State – Opened up the week with a 95-69 loss at Texas Wesleyan. The Aggies went into the half down 33-23 before the flood gates open and they gave up 62 points in the 2nd half. DK Sumo IV led the Aggies with 21 points. OPSU returned to action on Saturday and got their first Sooner Athletic Conference win with a 89-72 win over Southwestern Christian. They strung together a really good defensive effort in the win, holding SCU to 14 points below their season average. Jalen Thomas came off the bench for the Aggies to notch 24 points to lead the way for OPSU.
Central Christian – Haven’t played since January 4th.
Oklahoma City -Have yet to play their first game of the season. Scheduled to open up January 23rd against Central Christian. Only have nine games plus SAC tournament on schedule.
#14 MACU – Just one game this past week as their Saturday game got postponed. In their one game, they dropped a tough SAC road game to Southwestern Christian 80-77. Terrance Jones had a career high 25pts including going 14-20 from the FT line in the game. MACU scored the first 11 points of the game and took a 32-28 lead into halftime. The Evangels had the ball on the last possession of regulation, but were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer. In OT, MACU would miss a game tying three on their last possession. The loss makes the Evangels 0-2 in SAC play.
Langston – LU was able to finally get it’s season going as they fell to #12 USAO 85-64. The Lions kept it close in the 1st half as they only trailed by three heading into the 2nd half. USAO would go on to score 53 in the 2nd half to pull away from the Lions. TaMarcus Butler led the way for LU with 20 points in the loss.
22 John Brown – JBU had high hopes coming into this season. Safe to say that an 0-3 start to league play was not what they had envisioned. This is a team that is playing short handed, missing three key pieces right now, but 3rd Team All-American Luke Harper should be back soon. When at full strength, this JBU team is back to being a SAC contender. It was a busy week 1 for the Golden Eagles, as they hit the road and faced #12 USAO to start their season. They would drop the opening contest 91-79. They followed that loss up with a 30 point loss to Texas Wesleyan two nights later. In that 78-48 home loss, Densier Carnes posted a 16pt, 10reb double-double. The Golden Eagles finished the week with a 75-72 home loss to SAGU. Desnier Carnes and Freshman sharp-shooter, Noah Taylor paced the Golden Eagles with 21pts a piece.
SAC Power Ratings
1. USAO – Sit at 8-0 on the season and 3-0 in SAC play. Another big week as they host Texas Wesleyan on Thursday, before heading to SAGU on Saturday.
2. SAGU – Still playing without the services of All-American Nykolas Mason.
3. Texas Wesleyan – 2-0 this past week to move overall record to 5-1. Play #12 USAO on Thursday.
4. MACU – Trending downward as they sit at 4-2 overall, but haven’t beaten a NAIA program yet this year. Dropped to 0-2 in SAC play. Big week as they host both Langston and RV SAGU.
5. Southwestern Christian – The Eagles had a 2-1 week with a good win over #14 MACU, but they ended the week with an 18pt road loss to OPSU.
6. John Brown – 0-3 on the year and 0-3 in SAC play. The 6th place rating is stop gap as they should get three key pieces back soon.
7. Wayland Baptist – Some newer faces leading the charge this season. Big win over #22 SAGU, but home loss to Southwestern Christian stopped them from climbing higher.
8. Oklahoma Panhandle State – An improved team from last season. Will be a tougher out most nights.
9. Langston – Has only played 1 game this season. Game two is tonight at #22 John Brown.
1O. Central Christian – 5-1 on the season, but haven’t played the best competition.
11. Oklahoma City – Should move up the list quick once they start playing, just want to be able to see them first.
This Week’s SAC Schedule
Monday, January 18th
Tuesday, January 19th
Thursday, January 21st
Saturday, January 23rd
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