#21 Evangel Crusaders (8-3, 1-1) vs. Baker Wildcats (7-4, 1-1)
Game # 12 / HAAC Game # 3 – Springfield, Mo.
Tue., Dec. 4, 2012 – 7 p.m. – Ashcroft Center
Crusaders face Baker: Evangel takes on Baker in a Heart of America conference game Tuesday at the Ashcroft Center. Both teams will be looking to go to 2-1 in the conference.
Evangel is 8-3 overall and evened their record to 1-1 in the HAAC with a 71-58 win at Benedictine on Saturday. The Crusaders entered the week ranked 21st nationally in NAIA-I.
Baker is 7-4 and also 1-1 in the conference. The Wildcats won at home Saturday with a 74-61 win over Missouri Valley. Baker opened conference play with a loss at Avila 66-59. Last year, the Wildcats were 21-12 and advanced to the NAIA National Tournament. They return four starters from last season’s squad. Sean Dooley, previously an assistant at Columbia (Mo.), stepped in as head coach replacing Brett Ballard who moved to Tulsa University as an assistant.
Evangel won two of the three meetings against Baker last year but the Wildcats won 73-66 in the Heart of America conference semifinals at the Ashcroft Center eliminating the Crusaders from the conference tournament.
Evangel: Steve Jenkins (31th year, 569-399)
Baker: Sean Dooley (1st year, 7-4)
Evangel: won at Benedictine 71-58 (Sat.)
Baker: won vs. Missouri Valley 74-61 (Sat.)
All-Time Series: Evangel 44-13
2011-12 Series: Evangel 2-1
Evangel 69 Baker 53 (Dec. 7 at BU)
Evangel 73 Baker 58 (Feb. 4 at EU)
Baker 73 Evangel 66 (Mar. 2 at EU, HAAC semifinals)