LCU men lose to reigning NCCAA champs

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[December 04, 2012]  LANSING, Mich. --  Lincoln Christian University men's basketball team played their third and final game in the NCCAA II Mid-West Regional Tip-Off on Saturday afternoon at the Doty Center on the campus of Great Lakes Christian College. They had a tough test, going up against the reigning NCCAA II men's basketball champions, the Grace Bible College Tigers. For the third game in a row, LCU (2-7) was led by senior shooting guard Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, Olympia High), but it was not enough as GBC (5-6) hit their free throws toward the end and won 81-70.

Coming into the game, LCU was outsized at every position, with Grace Bible College boasting a starting lineup of four players at 6-foot 5 or above. LCU does not start anyone above 6-foot-3. That size differential came into advantage for the Grace Tigers, as they outrebounded the Red Lions 35-24. Grace also beat LCU with points in the paint, scoring 30 points to LCU's 20.

LCU was led on the offensive end by Cremeens, who scored 26 points on 7-of-19 shooting. Junior captain and guard Christian Lowery (Sadorus, Arthur Christian), helped Cremeens lead the attack with 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting, while adding five assists and two steals.

Grace Bible College was led by their 6-foot-7 post, BJ VanLoo (Hudsonville, Mich., Hudsonville High), who scored 16 points on 7-of-19 shooting. Grace had a large advantage from the free-throw line throughout the game, going 21 of 38 from the line, while LCU was only 9 of 15 from the line. GBC had 12 of 13 players in the scoring column.

The Red Lions are off for a week before they get back into action when they host the Soldiers of St. Louis Christian College on Monday at 7 p.m. in Gatson Arena in the Laughlin Center on the LCU campus.


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 report by Mac Ingmire, Lincoln Christian University]

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