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The Crusaders continue to do their best Cinderella impression, pulling off a 78-75 upset of NCCAA Division II #2 Valley Forge Christian College.

"This is our Kansas!" said Mike Vickers after the game, "We are finally trusting each other, and wanting a change from what we used to do."

The two teams were well matched from the start, with no team able to build a lead of more than six points in the game. Great Lakes led 42-37 at the break. The lead continued to change hands until the very end, when Kyle Downing nailed three free throws in one trip to give the Crusaders a lead they would not relinquish with 1:03 to go. Downing led the Crusaders with 25 points and eight rebounds.

"I was proud of the guys and the way they held themselves together." said head coach John Piercefield, "everything counts, everything you do in a tight game like this."

"The team is a good team," said Troy Aubrey, "We got up for this game. This game was a game to show us what kind of team we are, and when we play like this and win over a good team it means a lot, it gives us confidence going into the next game against Grace."

The final home game of the season features the Crusaders taking on rival Grace College at 7:00 p.m. at the Doty Center.

Stats for the game as recorded by Valley Forge Christian College