Chandler returns to Top 10 in NCAA men's basketball statistics
Tuesday, February 6, 2007 | by Spillers jumps 18 spots on rebounding charts, while team reaches Top 25 in blocks

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team continues to be recognized in the NCAA Division II weekly statistical rankings through games played February 4, which were released Tuesday.

After two consecutive weeks outside the Top 10, senior guard Zach Chandler of Greenville, S.C., is ranked tenth in the nation in steals per game at 2.7 spg. Sophomore forward Clemente Martin of Freeport, Bahamas, is ranked 43rd in the same category with 2.2 steals per game. Bridgeport's Japhet McNeil is the national leader with 3.7 steals per contest.

As a team, the Indians have reached new heights, ranking 25th in Division II in blocks per game, swatting shots at a 4.3 blocks per game clip. Conference foe Wingate leads the nation with 7.3 blocks per game.

In the individual rebounding charts, junior forward Terrance Spillers of Charleston, S.C., jumped 18 spots from No. 98 to No. 80 in the country, as the juco transfer is averaging 7.9 boards per game. Spillers' average should continue to rise thanks to a 12-rebound performance against Brevard Monday night. Christian Burns of Philadelphia University is the national leader with 11.9 rebounds per game.

The Indians resume conference action on Wednesday night against sister school and conference leader Lenoir-Rhyne. The last time the two schools met, Newberry came within three points of the Bears in the final minute of play before losing on the road. Tipoff on Wednesday is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Eleazer Arena.