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St. Gregory’s is ranked in the first NAIA men’s basketball poll at No. 19.  It is the first appearance in the top 25 for SGU since October 2000.

The Cavs won their first eight games, but lost to No. 7 John Brown in their first Sooner Athletic Conference contest.  SGU took four of the first five SAC Players of the Week with the play of Marty Wilkerson and Josiah Campbell.

Mid-America Christian also received votes in the poll.  The Evangels are 6-1 and sitting atop the SAC at 2-0.

MACU has the points to be ranked 30th.

1 4 Columbia (Mo.) (8) 8-0 249
2 1 Georgetown (Ky.) (1) 9-1 235
T3 7 Pikeville (Ky.) (1) 7-1 233
T3 5 SAGU (Texas) 5-1 233
5 9 Evangel (Mo.) 9-1 219
6 16 Arizona Christian 8-0 205
7 14 John Brown (Ark.) 10-0 202
8 12 Cal State San Marcos 9-1 193
9 T10 William Carey (Miss.) 4-1 188
10 17 Rocky Mountain (Mont.) 9-2 176
11 NR Talladega (Ala.) 13-2 165
12 6 Concordia (Calif.) 8-2 157
13 25 Benedictine (Kan.) 8-1 153
14 NR Philander Smith (Ark.) 7-2 131
15 NR Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) 6-0 126
16 T24 Montana State-Northern 10-2 114
17 13 Faulkner (Ala.) 7-3 113
18 18 Culver-Stockton (Mo.) 8-1 110
19 NR St. Gregory’s (Okla.) 8-1 103
T20 23 Life (Ga.) 8-5 102
T20 NR Wiley (Texas) 6-1 102
22 NR Hope International (Calif.) 7-1 94
23 NR Cumberland (Tenn.) 7-0 92
24 22 Martin Methodist (Tenn.) 7-3 59
25 19 Xavier (La.) 7-3 54

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Joey McWilliams lives in Durant. He founded and provides the bulk of the content for OklahomaSports.Net. He is a long-time sports journalist, having covered sports via radio, newspaper, television and the Internet since 2000. Joey was the color analyst for the Southeastern Savage Storm football and basketball teams from 2001-2011 and again for football in 2015. He also does play-by-play for Southeastern volleyball, basketball, softball and baseball on radio and streaming Internet video for Mix 96.1 in Durant. He can also be seen on the GAC Sports Network and as the play-by-play announcer on the Showcase Game of the Week high school football broadcast on KSBI in OKC. Joey is an alum of both Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Oklahoma State University. He completed his second bachelor's degree in 2012, a journalism/broadcasting degree at OSU in sports media. He earned first place in the television sports play-by-play category in the 2012 OAB/OBEA competition. Joey also broadcasts regularly on the NFHS Network and was on ESPN3 for the 2015 Live United Texarkana Bowl and on the call of the 2016 Great American Conference basketball tournaments. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on the Spano and Black Attack on the Sports Byline USA Network. He also coached high school girls' and boys' basketball for seven years and high school football for one season at Victory Life Academy.