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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Lincoln University Center Sets NCAA Mark with 18 Blocked Shots in Victory Over Valley Forge Christian College
John Bunch, a 7-foot- 2-inch, 300-pound sophomore center from Randallstown High School in Maryland surpassed the previous record of 16 blocks set in 1997.

Lincoln University, PA (www.lincoln.edu)—Lincoln University sophomore center John Bunch entered college basketball’s record books during a tournament at Rowan University when he blocked 18 shots in a 68-58 victory over Valley Forge Christian College on December 13.

According to a current edition of the NCAA record book, Bunch, a 7-foot 2-inch, 300-pound center from Randallstown High School near Baltimore, eclipsed the previous record of 16 blocked shots set by Troy Black of the New Jersey Institute of Technology in February 1997. According to the NCAA record book, Bunch’s blocked shot total surpassed highs for NCAA Division I, II and III basketball.

In addition to his 18 blocks, Bunch produced his third triple double of the season in Saturday night’s win over Valley Forge Christian with 13 points and 22 rebounds. Bunch’s record-breaking game occurred during the Rowan Heritage Classic basketball tournament on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J. In addition to Lincoln and Valley Forge Christian, Albright College and Rowan University participated in the tournament. On the season, Bunch is averaging 11 points, six rebounds and eight blocks per game for the 2-7 Lions. During the 2002-2003 season, Bunch led NCAA Division III in blocked shots with 97, averaging four per game.

Located in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lincoln University is the nation’s first Historically Black University and 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.

The University is in the midst of a yearlong celebration of its 150th anniversary that will include galas in Washington D.C. (April 17, 2004) and New York City (May 6, 2004) as well as numerous on-and off-campus special events marking the milestone celebration.

For more information on 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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