INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team is noted in the NCAA's weekly Division II basketball statistical rankings, released Tuesday.
Zach Chandler (Greenville, S.C.) had a slight statistical drop-off last week, but remains in the Top 15 nationally in steals per game. The senior guard is ranked 12th in Division II with 2.6 steals per game. Sophomore forward Clemente Martin (Freeport, Bahamas) is averaging 2.3 steals per game to rank 34th nationally. USC Upstate's Jeremy Byrd and Bridgeport's Japhet McNeil are tied for the lead with 2.6 steals per contest.
Terrance Spillers (Charleston, S.C.) has cracked the Top 100 in rebounds per game, ranking 98th at 7.8 per game. The junior's 16 rebound performance at Claflin on January 17 marked the most rebounds in a single game by a South Atlantic Conference player this season.
As a team, Newberry's highest statistical ranking is in blocked shots per game, where the Indians are averaging 4.0 rejections per contest which is good for 38th nationally. Freshman Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) is the team's individual leader with 2.3 blocks per game. Conference rival Wingate University leads Division II in blocks per game at 7.3 bpg.
The Indians (8-9, 3-5 SAC) start their second go-round through South Atlantic Conference competition on Wednesday when they travel to Jefferson City, Tenn. to play the Carson-Newman Eagles (7-12, 0-8 SAC) at 8 p.m.
Founded in 1856, Newberry College is affiliated with the South Carolina, Southeastern, Florida-Bahamas, and Caribbean Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Newberry is a proud member institution of the NCAA Division II and the South Atlantic Conference, a league comprised of eight colleges and universities in North and South Carolina and Tennessee.