Indians continue their stay in NCAA Division II national statistics
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 | by Chandler sixth in steals per game

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team is featured in the NCAA Division II national statistics for the second consecutive week. The statistics for games played through Monday were released Tuesday.

Zach Chandler, a senior guard from Greenville, S.C., ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game, averaging 3.2 steals per game. Teammate and SAC Player of the Week Clemente Martin, a sophomore forward from Freeport, Bahamas, ranks 23rd in the same category, averaging 2.5 steals per game.

Thanks to the efforts of Chandler and Martin, the Indians rank 35th nationally out of 262 teams in Division II with 9.5 steals per game.

Newberry is in the top 50 in a total of three categories; steals per game, blocked shots per game and rebound margin.

The Indians are averaging 4.2 blocks per game, good enough for 31st in the country. Conference foe Wingate is first in the country with 7.8 rejections per contest.

Freshman center Kendrick Johnson of Orangeburg, S.C., is averaging 2.75 blocks in his four appearances to help the Indians to the ranking, but does not qualify for the national rankings yet since he has not played in two-thirds of Newberry's contests.

Newberry is averaging 4.8 more rebounds per game than their opponents through 11 games played, which ranks them 45th in the country. Terrance Spillers, a junior forward from Charleston, S.C., leads the team with 6.9 rebounds per game to help the Indians earn that spot.

Newberry (6-5, 2-1 SAC) looks to return to the top of the South Atlantic Conference rankings on Wednesday night, as the Indians travel to Hickory, N.C., to take on sister school Lenoir-Rhyne College. Tipoff at Shuford Gym is slated for 8 p.m.