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Lindenwood University Hosts Central Missouri in Fundraiser for Sterling Thomas

The Lindenwood Lions look to sell out Hyland Arena and raise money for Sterling Thomas.

Lindenwood University is looking to fill up the Hyland Arena for its first ever sellout this Saturday when they host the University of Central Missouri in basketball. 

The event is being billed as the, “Sellout for Sterling,” in honor of Sterling Thomas.  Thomas, a freshman member of the football team, suffered a severe spinal cord injury during an October game. 

Several activities will take place including a halftime video update on Thomas’ condition. The Lindenwood student section is planning a special celebration when Lindenwood hits its 27th point, in honor of Thomas’ number 27. A portion of the ticket sales from the game will go towards the Sterling Thomas fund.

Four hundred t-shirts will be handed out to students, and the first 500 students will receive free pizza. 

On the court, both the women’s and men’s teams will have a tough game.  Central Missouri women’s team is in 2nd place in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), and they are ranked 11th nationally in the USA Today Coaches poll.  Meanwhile, Central Missouri men’s team is atop the MIAA standings. 

Lindenwood

Lions

   Women’s Preview

          1:00 PM

Central Missouri

Jennies

4-14

Wins and Losses

16-2

.222

Winning Percentage

.888

1-9

MIAA Record

8-2

.100

MIAA Winning Percentage

.800

L5

Streak

W 3

3-7

Home

11-0

1-6

Away

3-3

0-1

Neutral Site

2-0

64.5

Ave. Points Per Game

74.4

72.2

Points Given up per Game

65.9

Lindenwood

Lions

Men’s Preview

3:00 PM

Central Missouri

Mules

13-5

Wins and Losses

15-3

.722

Winning Percentage

.833

6-4

MIAA Record

9-1

.600

MIAA Winning Percentage

.900

W1

Streak

W 9

8-3

Home

10-0

5-2

Away

3-1

0-0

Neutral Site

2-2

78.8*

Ave. Points Per Game

75.3

66.2*

Points Given up per Game

66.2

*Does not include Thursday night’s win against Southwest Baptist

 Built in 1997, there has never been a sellout at the Hyland Arena.

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