Men's basketball battles MidAmerica Nazarene in battle for 1st in HAAC

Men’s Basketball

#11 Evangel Crusaders (13-4, 6-1) at #25 MidAmerica Nazarene Pioneers (14-5, 6-1)
Game #18 / HAAC Game # 8 – Thur., Jan. 17, 2013
7:30 p.m. – Olathe, Kan. – Bell Arena (2,500) 

Evangel Broadcast Coverage:
Radio- ESPN 1400
Live audio- www.audiosportsonline.net 

EU vs. MNU with 1st place at stake: Evangel travels to MidAmerica Nazarene for a game Thursday night with sole possession of first place in the Heart of America conference at stake. Both teams are tied for first in the league with 6-1 conference records.

Evangel is 13-4, 6-1 in the HAAC and are ranked 11th in NAIA-I. The #11 national ranking is Evangel’s highest in NAIA-I since the Crusaders moved up a division in 2008-09. The Crusaders are coming off of a win at 24th ranked Culver-Stockton 76-66 on Saturday and have won five straight games.

MidAmerica Nazarene is 14-5, 6-1 in the conference and are ranked 25th nationally in NAIA-I. The Pioneers won Saturday at Missouri Valley 111-109 in triple overtime.

The Pioneers lead the all-time series 31-30 and won both meetings last year. The Crusaders swept the season series from MidAmerica Nazarene 2-0 in 2010-11.

Head Coaches:
Evangel: Steve Jenkins (31st year, 575-400)
MidAmerica Nazarene: Rocky Lamar (28th year, 632-314) 

Last Game:
Evangel: won at #24 Culver-Stockton 76-66 (Sat.)
MidAmerica Nazarene: won at Missouri Valley 111-109, 3OT 

All-Time Series: MidAmerica Nazarene 31-30

2011-12 Series: MidAmerica Nazarene 2-0
MidAm. Naz. 86 Evangel 85 (Jan. 19 at EU)
MidAm. Naz. 67 Evangel 62 (Feb. 23 at MNU)

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