LCU Falls to Grace in Men’s Regionals

The Lincoln Christian University (LCU) men’s basketball team (11-15) was seeded number seven as they went into the NCCAA Div. II Mid-West Regional Tournament on Friday, February 22, 2013, in Grand Rapids, MI. LCU faced number two seed Grace Bible College (GBC) in the first round. Despite staying even with the four-time defending national champions in the first half, LCU had a tough time handling GBC’s (16-15) height, and lost, 87 – 64.

LCU played well against GBC in the first half, grabbing a five-point lead with 12 minutes to go in the first half. But GBC was not willing to bow down, and fought back to close the first half in the lead, 42-32. In the second half, it was all GBC as they went on a 15-0 run, taking a 24-point lead at one point. LCU couldn’t recover. GBC dominated the rebounding battle with 45 rebounds compared to LCU’s 28 and had an advantage from the free-throw line as they shot 17-27 from the line, while LCU only shot 4-9.

LCU was led in scoring by senior guard Brady Cremeens (Hopedale, IL/Olympia High) who put up 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Freshman guard Austin Yocum (Springfield, IL/Calvary Academy) chipped in with 13 points on 5-8 shooting and junior forward Raymond Shegogg (Sun River Terrace, IL/Lincoln College) helped out by scoring 10 points and grabbing eight rebounds. GBC was led in scoring by senior forward Zach Schutte (Grandville, MI/Calvin Christian) who had 23 points on 9-16 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds.

This first-round loss in the Mid-West Regional Tournament completes the Red Lions season with an 11-15 record.