LCU men's basketball drops close game to Maranatha

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[December 03, 2012]  LANSING, Mich. -- Friday night the Lincoln Christian University men's basketball team played their second game of three in the NCCAA Division II Mid-West Regional Tip-Off. For the second night in a row LCU senior shooting guard Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, Olympia High), led the Red Lions' offensive attack, but it was not enough as the Crusaders of Maranatha Baptist Bible College hit their free throws down the stretch and pulled out the win 71-66.

The game was a tale of two halves as the first half ended with a tie score of 26-26, while in the second half, shots started falling for both teams, with Maranatha (1-4) beating LCU (2-6) for the half 45-40. Cremeens led LCU with 27 points on 6-of-23 shooting, including 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. Sophomore forward David Graves (Eustace, Eustace High), chipped in 13 points, going 6 of 11 from the field.

Maranatha rode the shoulders of senior forward Joel Borchardt (Watertown, Wis.), as he came out on fire in the first half, scoring 11 of their first 16 points. Borchardt led both teams in scoring for the game with 31 points off 12-of-23 shooting from the field. He also grabbed 15 rebounds to record the game's only double-double. Maranatha's freshman forward Matthew Rueb (Chesapeake, Va.) also chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds, going 5 of 9 from the field.

The LCU Red Lions would play their third and final game of the Mid-West Regional as they took on Grace Bible College on Saturday afternoon in Lansing, Mich.

LCU's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in Lincoln, Ill., 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 file received from Lincoln Christian University]

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