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]