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[FEB. 2, 2004]  The Lincoln Christian College Hall of Fame Classic featured three of the top 10 teams in NCCAA Division II national poll. No. 5 Grace Bible College, No. 6 Central Bible College and No. 9 Lincoln Christian College joined with Cincinnati Bible College for this past weekend's classic on the campus of LCC. It was the top-ranked Grace squad that came out of the weekend 2-0, with both Central and Lincoln splitting for the weekend and Cincy Bible finishing 0-2.

Friday: Grace Bible College dismantled Central Bible 107-84 in the opening game, behind 18 points and eight rebounds from Aaron Huizenga. The Tigers placed six other players in double figures in the win.

The second game featured a "friendly rivalry" between two former assistant coaches of Tennessee-Chattanooga coach Jeff Lebo, as Lincoln's John Searby pitted his Preachers against Jason Gillespie's Eagles of Cincinnati Bible College. The matchup proved to be all everyone expected, as the two teams battled neck and neck for most of the first half. A 16-1 run at the beginning of the second half allowed Lincoln to pull away for the eventual 85-78 victory. Lincoln was led in scoring by sophomore Caleb Edson, who exploded for a career-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting from the field.


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Saturday: Day two featured a hotly contested matchup between Central Bible College and Cincinnati Bible College. Cincinnati Bible got 17 points from Ricardo Lambert, but it wasn't enough as Central outlasted the Eagles for a 67-57 win.

In the feature game of the weekend, the top two teams in the Midwest Region faced off when the Preachers played host to the Tigers of Grace Bible. In an offensive explosion the Tigers outlasted the Preachers 105-90, claiming the Midwest Region regular-season crown with the victory. Brian Dunaway recorded his fourth 40-point game of the season and Caleb Edson chipped in 22 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to outweigh 50 percent shooting and four players in double figures for Grace. The loss dropped the Preachers to 15-10 overall, 4-3 in the Midwest Region.

Lincoln will face Trinity International at home on Wednesday.

[LCC news release]

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