Lincoln Christian University slips past Great Lakes

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[December 09, 2013]  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Lincoln Christian University men's basketball team (3-4) met the Great Lakes Christian College Crusaders (0-13) from Lansing, Mich., in the NCCAA Division II Mid-West Region Tip-Off Classic in Grand Rapids, Mich., and were on the positive side of a back-and-forth battle Friday, coming out on top 77-74.

Statistically, this game would appear to have been a near-even match, with both teams holding the lead three times. Great Lakes went into the locker room at halftime with a one-point lead, but couldn't hold it in the second half. LCU would stretch the lead to the game's largest margin of 12 points halfway through the second stanza before letting the Crusaders back into range, winning by the narrow margin of just three points.

LCU freshman Jimmy Smylie (Springfield/Calvary Academy) continued to shine with 19 points and eight rebounds, followed by senior David Graves (Eustace, Texas/Eustace High) with 15 points.

The Red Lions controlled the boards again with a team total of 44. Significant contributions to this total came from senior Christian Lowry (Sadorus /Arthur Christian High) with 10 and sophomore Raymond Shegog (Sun River Terrace /Lincoln College) with nine.

The LCU Red Lions return home and take a brief break before traveling to Eureka on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. contest against Eureka College.

[Text from file received from Lincoln Christian University]

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Lincoln Christian University's School of Undergraduate Studies is a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, Division II. Founded in Lincoln in 1944, Lincoln Christian'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

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