Chandler in top five in national men's basketball statistics
Thursday, January 4, 2007 | by Senior guard fourth in NCAA Division II in steals per game through Dec. 31

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Newberry College men's basketball player Zach Chandler is ranked fourth nationally in steals per game in the latest NCAA Division II men's basketball statistics. Chandler, a senior guard from Greenville, S.C., was averaging 3.5 steals each contest.

Chandler is averaging 13.1 points per game and 3.1 assists per game to help lead the Indians to a 5-4 overall record and a 1-0 South Atlantic Conference record.

Teammate Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) was ranked 31st in the country in the steals per game category with 2.5 steals per contest. Martin also ranked 63rd in the country in field goal percentage at 57.3% shooting from the floor.

As a team, Newberry ranked 33rd in Division II in steals per game at 9.8 steals per game, while ranking 38th in the country in rebounding margin, averaging 5.9 more rebounds each game than their opponent. The Indians also finished 50th in the country in scoring defense, allowing only 65.4 points per game.

Newberry next hits the floor on Saturday, as the Indians are scheduled to take on Carson-Newman College in the second half of a conference twin bill. Tipoff at Eleazer Arena in Newberry is set for 4 p.m.