#13 Evangel Crusaders (11-4, 4-1) vs. Avila Eagles (6-9, 1-4)
Game #16 / HAAC Game # 6 – Sat., Jan., 10, 2013
7:30 p.m. – Springfield, Mo. – Ashcroft Center
Evangel Broadcast Coverage:
Crusaders home vs. Avila: Evangel is back at home Thursday as they take on Avila.
The Crusaders are 11-4, 4-1 in the Heart of America conference and are now ranked 13th nationally in NAIA-I. Evangel won Saturday 86-54 over Graceland. The Crusaders are tied for second place and trail Culver-Stockton by one game in the standings.
Avila is 6-9 and 1-4 in the conference. The Eagles are coming of a 70-60 loss at Central Methodist on Saturday. They have three of their last four with their lone conference win coming in their league opener against Baker.
Avila is coached by former Missouri State Bear Rodney Perry, who played on the Bears 1992 NCAA Tournament team and was captain on their 1993 NIT quarterfinals team.
The Crusaders lead the all-time series 41-16 but the two teams split their two games last year with the home team winning both times.
Evangel: Steve Jenkins (31st year, 573-400)
Avila: Rodney Perry (3rd year, 36-39)
Evangel: won vs. Graceland 86-54 (Sat.)
Avila: lost at Central Methodist 70-60 (Sat.)
All-Time Series: Evangel 41-16
2011-12 Series: tied 1-1
Avila 79 Evangel 67 (Jan. 12, 2012 at AU)
Evangel 69 Avila 61 (Feb. 16, 2012 at EU)