Preachers gain split in big weekend
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[FEB. 2, 2004]
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.
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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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.
face Trinity International at home on Wednesday.