LANSING, Mich- #3 Great Lakes Christian College Men's Basketball took on #1 Grace Christian University Tigers in a rematch where the Tigers won the first matchup 92-80 at Little Caesars Arena. The Doty center was jammed pack with a lively crowd which created an incredible environment for a college basketball game. The Crusaders jumped out to a quick 4-0 advantage before the Tigers rattled off a 12-0 run to take control of the game early. The Crusaders answered that run with their own 12-2 run to regain the lead. The Tigers and Crusader would trade baskets over the next five minutes. GLCC pressure defense gave the Tigers fits all half, and the Crusaders made the most of their extra opportunities to take control of the game in the first half. GLCC took a 32-25 lead with five minutes to go in the first half. The Tigers though remained poised and again answered the Crusader run. GLCC would go into the break with a 38-36 lead. The Crusaders forced the Tigers into 12 first half turnovers
Isiah Reed started the 2nd half with a big three to get the Crusader crowd in the game. GLCC used that momentum to build an 14 point lead over the first seven minutes of the second half. The Crusaders pressure defense continued to harass the Tigers the entire half. The Tigers were able to cut into the Crusader lead and cut it to as much as 4 points with three minutes to go by pounding the ball inside. It was the Crusaders turn to be poised with the run, and GLCC stay composed and held the Tigers at bay. GLCC was able to close the game on an 11-3 run to sealed by Quincy Green's two hand flush in transition to seal the win 91-79 over #1 Grace Christian University. The Crusaders put six players in double figures led by Isiah Reed's 19 points, 8 assists, and 8 steals. Quincy Green continued his strong play putting up 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Inside the Box Score:
- Crusaders forced 23 Tiger turnovers compared to their 9
- The Tigers outrebounded the Crusaders 44-30
- GLCC had 25 assists on 36 field goals
- Crusaders went 12/33 from three compared to the Tigers 9/20
- The Tigers bench outscored the Crusader bench 35-26
What Coach Says:
"I am so proud of my guys. They earned this one. They really paid attention to the details and executed our game plan. They made big play after big play. I have to recognize our fans as well they were incredible. The atmosphere we had tonight was amazing. Our guys fed off their energy. It was great to get this type of win in front of them." On pressure defense, "That has been our identity all year. We are going to press. We are going to try to wear teams down physically and mentally. I thought tonight was one of our best pressing games of the season. Grace is a really really good team. They don't turn the ball over much, so it was great to see us execute in our press." On what this game meant, "This was an incredible NCCAA matchup. Coach Bailey does a great job. I am really proud of these guys, it is a big win, but we know we have much more we want to accomplish. We will enjoy this one but we will be back in practice tomorrow getting ready for Saturday."
Men's Basketball will take on Campbellsville Harrodsburg on Saturday February 9th, for Senior Day for Lance Adams and Quinton Howard. Tip off is scheduled for 4:00 pm.