Grace College Men’s Basketball Team Reaches 1,000 Wins

On Tuesday night, the Grace men’s basketball team beat Mt. Vernon Nazarene to reach a historic milestone of 1,000 all-time victories. With this win, Grace became the fourth Crossroads League team to reach this impressive number, joining Taylor University, Huntington College, and Bethel College. Its all-time record, running since 1957, currently stands at 1,000-765.

The Lancers are coming off a brutal stretch of NAIA Top-25 ranked opponents. Grace has played against five ranked opponents in the past seven games, producing four upsets during that span. No. 14 St. Francis, No. 20 Marian, and No. 24 Huntington have been knocked off by Grace in consecutive games.

Before last night’s game, Grace had recovered to 3-5 after starting the Crossroads League season 0-5 and now sits on the edge of fourth place in the league standings.

Head coach Jim Kessler will continue his pursuit of 700 career coaching victories. He has amassed 691 wins so far in his Hall-of-Fame coaching career with Grace.

“God has blessed all of the men through the years who have worn Lancer red and white,” said Kessler. “Being a Lancer myself, I can say ‘we’. We all own a piece of those 1,000 wins. It’s something that we’ve all accomplished together, and we should all feel a sense of pride in that. In the collegiate environment, we don’t have success without the support of the administration and lots of support from people and fans through the years. There are times that our fans have carried us — lots of people have contributed and worked very hard and so this is really a tribute to our student body and players.”

“The achievement of 1,000 program wins is a historical moment for our men’s basketball program and institution,” said Chad Briscoe, Grace athletic director. “Many student athletes, coaches, and support staff have assisted with reaching this milestone, which adds to the rich history of our men’s basketball program.  We look forward to the next 1,000 wins and the continued pursuit of Christian excellence through basketball at Grace College.”

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