Red Lions steal a victory at the last minute

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[January 30, 2014]  The Lincoln Christian University men's basketball team (6-11) faced the Saint Louis Christian College Soldiers at home in the Laughlin Center on Tuesday evening. The Red Lions fell behind early but made a heroic comeback to steal the game 75-73.

It appeared in the opening minutes that this game was going to be a back-and-forth battle between two equally talented and experienced teams. However, with only 10 minutes played, SLCC had pulled out to a 12-point lead that came from a number of fruitless LCU possessions due to underwhelming rebounding and unforced turnovers. A five-minute LCU scoreless run was finally broken with seven minutes remaining. That bucket would become the catalyst for the Red Lions to close the gap to 34-24 by halftime.

In the second half, the Red Lions came out and took control of the game. While still trailing by 10 points, sophomore forward Raymond Shegog (Sun River Terrace/Lincoln College) hit a 3-pointer that lit a fire under the home team once more. With less than two minutes remaining, the Red Lions closed the gap to a single point, 73-72, and stole the game with three more points from the charity stripe.

LCU head coach Mac Ingmire was unhappy going into the locker room at halftime but was able to inspire his men to this incredible come-from-behind victory that ignited an already combustible crowd into a frenzy as the clock ticked out the last second and a half that made the home team the winners.

LCU had three players in double digits in the win, led by freshman Jimmy Smylie (Springfield/Calvary Academy), who contributed 16 points, followed by Shegog with 15 points and senior forward David Graves (Eustace/Eustace High) with 13.

The men's and women's teams will host Kuyper College on Saturday at Gaston Arena. The afternoon will include the induction of two new members to the Lincoln Christian University Athletic Hall of Fame at approximately 2:45, following the women's game.

[Text from file received from Todd Spellman, Lincoln Christian University]

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 LincolnChristian.edu/athletics.

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