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[MARCH 8, 2004]
SPRINGFIELD -- The
Lincoln Christian College men's basketball team finished their
season with a fourth-place national tournament finish and a 21-17
overall record. After winning the Midwest Regional for the first
time in school history, the Preachers went on to the NCCAA Division
II National Tournament and defeated Crown College in the
quarterfinals before losing to the tournament host, Central Bible
College, in the semifinals. In the third-place game the Preachers
were outlasted by the Defenders of Baptist Bible College.
Brian Dunaway continued his dominance
of the NCCAA by bringing home the national tournament's Most
Valuable Player Award. This was the first time in the history of
this award that it had not gone to a player on the winning team.
Dunaway had games of 25, 39 and 26 points in the tournament and
averaged seven rebounds and six assists over the three games.
Lincoln Christian head coach John
Searby had this to say about the tournament: "For this group of guys
to battle through the type of season they've had and make the
national tournament for the first time in school history is
tremendous! I am so proud of all of them for getting to the Final
Four and anxious to get started working towards an even better
season next year."
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Lincoln has no senior starters and
could return its entire roster for the 2004-05 campaign.
"If we can use this as a springboard to
make us more motivated for next season, we have a chance to be very
good again," Searby said. "With a tough schedule facing us next
year, I think we will be prepared to challenge again for a national
information about LCC's Final Four run can be found at