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Monday, March 17, 2003

Lincoln Center Leads Division III Schools in Blocked Shots, Lions End Season on Positive Note

Lincoln center John Bunch (left) and guard Shuaib Abdur-Rahman.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)— Lincoln Basketball Coach Robert Byars sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

Despite the team’s 9-15 finish, the Lions won five of their final six games. The team also had two players who were among the country’s leaders in NCAA Division III. Freshman center John Bunch led the nation in blocked shots for the 2002-2003 season with 97. The 7-1 Randlestown, Md. native averaged four blocks per game in 23 games. Junior guard Shuaib Abdur-Rahman led the team in scoring—averaging 22 point per game which ranked him 18th in the nation among Division III scorers.

Founded in 1854 as the nation’s first Historically Black University, Lincoln University combines the best elements of a liberal arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected graduate programs to meet the needs of students living in a highly technological and global society.

Lincoln has the unprecedented distinction among all colleges and universities of having two of its alumni honored with U.S. commemorative stamps. Last month, the U.S. Postal Service honored Thurgood Marshall, the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, and a 1930 Lincoln University graduate, by making him the 26th honoree in Black Heritage Commemorative Series. Last February, the U.S. Postal Service also issued a commemorative, first class stamp for 1929 Lincoln alumnus Langston Hughes, a world-acclaimed poet.

The University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and information sciences; and biological and life sciences.

From April 2003 through May 2004, the University will celebrate its sesquicentennial, or 150th anniversary, with an array of campus and external events, activities and announcements. For more information about Lincoln University, please visit our Web site at www.lincoln.edu.

For more information, contact:
Samuel W. Pressley, Director
Howard G. Kelly, Jr. Assistant Director
Lincoln University's Office of Marketing & Communications,
610-932-1094; e-mail: spressley@lu.lincoln.edu; home: 856-582-9574; hkelly@lu.lincoln.edu

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