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CU/Lincoln Battle of the Firsts Basketball Game Expected to Sell Out

November 28, 2012

Cheyney and Lincoln Universities are preparing to meet in the Battle of the Firsts ....The Basketball Edition on December 9 in Cope Hall Gymnasium on the campus of Cheyney University. This is the first time in over a decade that the games will be not be played on a neutral site. In the past few years the game has been played at various sites in Philadelphia.

The double header tips off at 4:30 pm as the Lady Wolves and Lions take to the hardwood. The men’s game will follow. Officials expect the contest to sell out and encourage fans to purchase tickets online and arrive early to ensure that they get a seat. For tickets and additional information log onto the Cheyney's athletic website at cheyneywolves.com.
 
Over the last 21 meetings, the Cheyney men own a 15-6 advantage. Meanwhile, the Lady Wolves are proud owners of a 19-2 record over the Lady Lions in the past 21 years.
 
If you can't make it to Cope Hall to watch the exciting HBCU/Division II contests, you can log onto redzonemedia.com and listen to Cheyney student Josh Hughes call all of the action. 
 
In addition, the Cheyney University National Alumni Association will make a special halftime presentation during the Men's game to the Men of BACA for 52 years of philantrhopy and scholarship fundraising on behalf of the University.
 
Last Year (Men): Cheyney University (0-1) fell in the Battle of the Firsts…the Basketball Edition 65-56 to Lincoln (1-3) in the Wolves season opener. Brandon Baylor and Jason Sabb paced the Wolves with 21 and 20 points respectively.
 
The game was a see-saw battle in the first half with neither team owning more than a four point lead. Early in the second half the Lions built up a five point lead but the Wolves would cut the deficit to two. After Anthony Juene drained a three pointer from the top of the key the Wolves found themselves down three with 8:24 remaining. The Lions would then go on a 7-1 run to extend the lead to seven with 6:40 to play. The Lions would extend the lead to 10 with just over a minute to play before the Wolves went on a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to four with :54 second to play. Lincoln would score the final five points of the game to secure the win.
 
The Lincoln victory snapped a four game skid against their cross county rival. Over the last 21 meeting Cheyney owns a 15-6 advantage.
 
Last Year (Women): Seventeen points and seven rebounds by freshman Aerie DeJesus was not enough as Cheyney (0-2) fell 55-50 to Lincoln (3-1) in the Battle of the Firsts…the Basketball Edition. It was only the second time in the past 21 years the Lions defeated the Lady Wolves on the hardwood during the holiday classic.
 
“We are still a very young team and the young ladies are still getting to know one another,” commented Head Coach Marilyn Stephens.
 
After shooting poorly in the first half (9-33 .27%) the Lady Wolves only found themselves down six, 31-25 at intermission. Brooke Garrett paced the Lady Wolves in the first twenty minutes scoring eight points while grabbing four rebounds. Cheyney was a perfect 6-6 from the charity stripe in the first half and out-rebounded Lincoln including 12 on the offensive end.
 
In the second half the Lions were able to extend the lead to nine before the Lady Wolves come back again. Trailing 41-32, Cheyney went on a 13-1 run capped by a Nadirah Brown lay-up with 5:11 to play. DeJesus scored eight of the Lady Wolves points during the run. After Garrett made 1-2 free throws the game was knotted at 48 with 2:44 to play. Lincoln would score five answered points over the next two minutes before DeJesus cut the lead down to three with 45 seconds remaining. The Lady Wolves were able to force a turnover but a three pointer was off the mark and Cheyney was forced to foul. Lincoln converted the pair of free throws for the final margin.
 
Cheyney continued to struggle from the field in the second half shooting 9-35. The Lady Wolves did win the battle of the boards out-rebounding the Lady Lions 48-40. 
 
  
Series History (Men)
  
 November 30, 1991     Cheyney 71                    Lincoln  69
 November 29, 1992     Lincoln   67                   Cheyney  63
 November 28, 1993     Lincoln   68                   Cheyney  65
 November 27, 1994     Cheyney 77                    Lincoln  75
 November 25, 1995     Cheyney  81                   Lincoln  67
 November 30, 1996     Cheyney  85                   Lincoln  72
 November 29, 1997     Cheyney  102                  Lincoln  93
 November 28, 1998     Cheyney  87                   Lincoln  82
 November 29, 1999     Cheyney  89                   Lincoln  65
 November 25, 2000     Cheyney  71                   Lincoln  51
 November 24, 2001     Cheyney  79                   Lincoln  74
 November 30, 2002     Cheyney  99                   Lincoln  56
 November 29, 2003     Cheyney 86                    Lincoln 81
 November 27, 2004     Lincoln  77 (OT)             Cheyney 75
 November 27, 2005     Lincoln  81                     Cheyney 71
 November 25, 2006     Lincoln 103                    Cheyney 95
 December 15, 2007     Cheyney 69                     Lincoln 57
 December 13, 2008     Cheyney 85                     Lincoln 78 (OT)
 January 31, 2010        Cheyney 76                     Lincoln 74
 November 26, 2011     Cheyney 63                     Lincoln 38
 November 19, 2011     Lincoln   65                    Cheyney 56
 
  
Series History (Women)
  
  
 November 30, 1991     Cheyney  94                  Lincoln  33
 November 29, 1992     Cheyney  100                 Lincoln  27
 November 28, 1993     Cheyney  87                  Lincoln  41
 November 27, 1994     Cheyney  82                  Lincoln  49
 November 25, 1995     Cheyney  68                  Lincoln  46
 November 30, 1996     Cheyney  65                  Lincoln  50
 November 29, 1997     Cheyney  61                  Lincoln  56
 November 28, 1998     Cheyney  66                  Lincoln  58
 November 29, 1999     Cheyney  73                  Lincoln  66
 November 25, 2000     Cheyney  60                  Lincoln  53
 November 24, 2001     Cheyney  67                  Lincoln  41
 November 30, 2002     Cheyney  68                  Lincoln  59
 November 29, 2003     Cheyney  97                  Lincoln  72
 November 27, 2004     Cheyney  72                  Lincoln  28
 November 27, 2005     Cheyney  40                  Lincoln  32
 November 25, 2006     Cheyney  77                  Lincoln  50
 December 15, 2007     Cheyney  82                  Lincoln  66
 December 13, 2008     Cheyney  62                  Lincoln  56
 January 31, 2010         Lincoln 62                    Cheyney 52
 November 26, 2010     Cheyney 72                   Lincoln 62
 November 19, 2011     Lincoln  55                   Cheyney 50