Southwestern Assemblies of God University used an 11-0 run late in the first half to seize a lead they would never relinquish in an 82-67 triumph over Paul Quinn College.
The No. 5-ranked Lions improved to 4-0 by dominating the boards, 45-29, and by outscoring the Tigers 75-45 in field goals.
Only a 28 to eight advantage in attempted free throws for Paul Quinn kept the margin under 20. The guests were only whistled for 10 fouls, SAGU never shooting a one-and-one.
Scrappy play by the Tigers during a 12-2 surge in the first half lifted them to their largest lead (21-15) when Chris Russell drained a three-point basket.
SAGU head coach Donnie Bostwick called a time out to amp up the Lionsí defense. It fueled 11 unanswered points, with back-to-back baskets from freshman Daniel Mills for a 22-21 advantage.
Tyler Guidry, playing in his first game of the season, turned in a splendid coast-to-coast play before halftime.
He got a defensive rebound and jetted up court. With teammates on either side the left-hander looked left then netted a runner, in traffic, with his right. SAGU led at the break, 28-26.
The second half saw the gold-clad Lions steadily putting distance between them and Paul Quinn. Guidry converted an offensive putback for a 46-35 lead.
The Caleb Combination of Gentry and Feemster was in full effect. Gentry knocked down a three-ball from the right wing for a 56-42 advantage. After a Mills triple, he dashed to the rack for a transition hoop, thanks to a sweet pass from Feemster.
Feemsterís best dime was dished inside to Karor Gumwell. The forward had posted up, and then cut inside to receive a dart from Feemster. He converted to push the lead to 65-49.
Gentry drove the baseline and spotted Mills on the wing for a smooth trey and a 68-50 upper hand.
Guidry was the benefactor of a Gumwell assist for a 3-ball from the right side and a 71-51 margin. A driving, reverse layup by Gentry stretched the lead to 22.
Finding it difficult to draw a foul inside, the Lions turned to the perimeter down the stretch.
Feemster hit consecutive threes from the top of the key, both on Gentry helpers.
The last points for SAGU came on a Chase Davis bomb with a minute to play. The trey was courtesy of an Adam Martinez assist.
SAGU shot 43 percent from the field and made 13 three-pointers.
The Lions had an 18-5 surplus on the offensive glass, which translated to a 73 to 48 advantage in shots.
Four players reached double figures in scoring. Gentry led with 18, followed by Guidry with 16, Mills 15 and Feemster 13. Gumwell added eight. Mills, Guidry and Gumwell had seven rebounds apiece, while Gentry and Feemster laid claim to six. Gentry and Feemster added six and four assists, respectively.
The Lionsí next two games are on the road. Tuesday they go to Dallas Christian College for an 8 p.m. tip.
On Nov. 25, the team travels to Louisiana to take on No. 2 LSU-Shreveport at 7 p.m. The Lions return home for the start of conference play Dec. 5, when nationally-ranked Oklahoma City University visits.
SAGUís 4-0 start equal last yearís beginning. The teamís best beginning was the year before, 2011-12, when the team got off to a 9-0 start.