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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Lincoln University and Cheyney University Resume Basketball Rivalry On November 29 at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall
The Lady Lions and Lady Wolves will play in the opener at 6 p.m.; the Lions will take on All-American Forward Anthony Frazier and the Wolves in the nightcap at 8 p.m.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)—Lincoln University---the nation’s first Historically Black College---will play in one of college basketball’s biggest rivalries when the University faces the Cheyney University Wolves on November 29 at Temple University’s McGonigle Hall in the 13th Annual Holiday Classic Basketball Doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m.

The Lincoln Lions, who won five of their last six games at the end of the 2002-2003 season, are 1-1 thus far this season going into tonight’s home game against Randolph-Macon College. The Lions split two games in the Montclair State University Tournament last weekend in New Jersey—losing to seventh-ranked (in NCAA Division III) Montclair State University, 80-45 in the first game. The Lions beat Fisher College of Boston, 85-54, in the constellation game. The Lions are led by 7-foot-2 1/2 sophmore center John Bunch (Randallstown High, Maryland), who led the nation (NCAA Division III) in blocked shots last season. Bunch is on a division-leading pace on this season, collecting 23 blocks against Montclair State and Fisher College.

In addition, Bunch pulled down 34 rebounds in last weekend’s games. Coach Robert Byars, said the Lions inside game would be further solidified by 6-9 junior forward/center Linwood Gilmore (Duluth High, Philadelphia ), who is coming off a nagging knee injury from last season. In last weekend’s tournament, Gilmore had 14 points and 15 rebounds against Fisher. Byars said the Lions will have to contain Cheyney’s All-American senior forward, Anthony Frazier.

“We’re bigger than Cheyney, but they’ve got more speed and experience,” said coach Byars. “We’re looking to limit them to a half-court game and control the tempo of the game. We have to stay out of foul trouble. In the Fisher College game, we showed more discipline.”

Byars, a Cheyney alumnus and former football player at the University who went onto play in the NFL, said he is looking for strong outside shooting from 6-6 guard Andre Logan (Academy Park High, Sharon Hill, Pa.), who had 39 points against Fisher College, and 6-6 senior forward Michael Kearse (Collingswood High, New Jersey).

The Lincoln Lady Lions (1-1), who opened their season last weekend at RAMAPO College Tournament with a split, play the Lady Wolves in opening game at 6 p.m. The Lady Lions are led by senior 5-7 guard Jada Savoy (Bodine High, Philadelphia ), who led the team assists and was second in scoring last season; and 5-9 junior forward Altoria Spann (Ben Franklin High, Philadelphia), who led the Lady Lions in offensive rebounds last season. Alfred Miles, the women’s team head coach, is also looking for scoring production from 5-5 freshman guard Rayshonna Hill (Benjamin Baneker High, Brooklyn, NY), who scored 26 points against Lehman College last weekend’s RAMAPO College Tournament. Freshman center Mary Rotimi (6-1), out of Philadelphia’s Frankford High School, is also expected to be a presence inside.

“It’s going to be a war,” said coach Miles of the upcoming game against the Lady Wolves. “It’s our arch-rival, so we’ll be ready for a tough game.”

Tickets for the game can be purchased in advance through the Cheyney University Athletic Department by calling (610) 399-2287. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children six years old and older and for students with identification. Tickets will also be available at McGonigle Hall after 5 p.m. on November 29, the evening of the doubleheader.

Located in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lincoln University is nationally recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics); computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln has the unprecedented distinction among all colleges and universities of having two of its alumni -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, class of 1930, and poet Langston Hughes, class of 1929- -- honored with first-class commemorative postage stamps in February 2003, and January 2002, respectively.

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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