LCU loses to Great Lakes in an offensive thriller

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[December 01, 2012]  LANSING, Mich. -- The Lincoln Christian University men's basketball team traveled to Lansing, Mich., on Thursday to take on Great Lakes Christian College. Senior shooting guard Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, Olympia High) carried the LCU (2-5) offense with an outstanding performance of 35 points on 11-of-21 shooting and four assists. However, the Crusaders (1-8) with sophomore guard Kyle Downing (Holland, Mich.) proved to be too much for LCU as Great Lakes won 100-91.

The Red Lions came out hot, knocking down back-to-back 3s, but the Crusaders stayed with them, and at the 15:32 mark in the first half, Great Lakes took a lead that they would not let go of for rest of the game.

Downing carried Great Lakes throughout the first half, scoring 21 of his team-high 33 points in the half. For the game, Downing had an outstanding all-around performance as he shot 14 of 19 from the field and had 10 rebounds, which gave him the game's only double-double.

There were big offensive performances from LCU as four players scored in double figures, including junior forward Blake Saathoff (Bruce, S.D., Estelline High), who recorded 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Freshman shooting guard Austin Yocum (Springfield, Calvary Academy) recorded the best game of his young collegiate career as he chipped in eight points on 3-of-4 shooting, all coming in the second half. As a team, LCU shot 15 of 30 from beyond the arc.

The LCU Red Lions would attempt to end their three-game losing skid as they took on Maranatha Baptist Bible College on Friday at 6 p.m. EST in Lansing, Mich., in LCU's second game of the NCCAA II Mid-West Regional Tip-Off.


LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in Lincoln, in 1944, Lincoln Christian University's three schools -- the School of Undergraduate Studies, the Hargrove School of Adult & Graduate Studies and the Seminary -- share a mission to nurture and equip Christians with a biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. For more information about the Red Lions, visit

[Text from report by Mac Ingmire, Lincoln Christian University]

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