MBB Preview: Saint Augustine's

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA - The Lincoln University men's basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to seven games as the Lions travel to Saint Augustine's 7 p.m. Wednesday. 


Lincoln trails the overall series, 13-6, and has long six of the last seven to the Falcons. The Lions are 3-9 against Saint Augustine's in the state of North Carolina, including 3-5 in Raleigh. 

Junior Zahrion Blue (Princeton, N.J./Princeton) leads the team, and is second in the CIAA, averaging 18.4 points per game. He has scored at least 15 points in 12 of the team's 14 games, including seven times of at least 20 points. Earlier this year, Blue reached 1,000 career points. 

He is currently eighth in the conference with 7.4 rebounds, third with 3.2 assists, and fourth in assist to turnover ratio. 

Lincoln is one of the top rebounding teams in the CIAA, leading the league with 16.2 offensive rebounds and 26.6 defensive rebounds. The Lions are second in rebounding margin, outrebounding their opponents by 6.8 boards per game. Two players - Alex Nunnally (Washington, D.C./Cesar Chavez Parkside) (3rd, 8.5 rpg) and Blue (8th, 7.5 rpg) - are ranked in the top 10 of the conference.

The Lincoln University men's basketball team is second in the CIAA with 76.2 points per game. The Lions are one of five conference teams with a positive scoring margin, second in the league, outscoring teams by 6.1 points per game. 

Through the first five games, the Lions were relying heavily on its starting five as freshman Bakir Cleveland (Newark, N.J. /University) was the only consistent scorer coming off the bench. 

As the season has progressed, and with the adjustment of the starting lineup, Lincoln is getting contributions through the rotation. Junior Alex Nunnally (Washington, D.C./Cesar Chavez Parkside), who has moved to a reserve role recently, has averaged a double-double with 10.2 points and 10.8 rebounds since moving to the bench. 

Lincoln is looking to match its best CIAA start in school history. The Lions won the first four CIAA games in the 2018-19 season.

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Lincoln University, the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU), educates and empowers students to lead their communities and change the world. Lincoln offers a rigorous liberal arts education to a diverse student body of approximately 2,200 men and women in more than 35 undergraduate and graduate programs.