Newberry cagers lead nation in blocked shots for second straight week


Newberry cagers lead nation in blocked shots for second straight week
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | by Scarlet and gray in top 15 in three categories

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team is ranked first nationally in blocked shots per game for the second straight week, it was announced today. The scarlet and gray are ranked in the top 15 nationally in three team categories and are in the top 25 in six team categories.

Newberry (13-3 overall, 3-2 South Atlantic Conference) is ranked first nationally in blocked shots per game, averagin 6.9 swats per contest. The University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) is ranked second at 6.7 blocks per game, falling 0.2 blocks back from last week's rankings.

Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) ranks fourth nationally in individual blocks per game at 3.6 blocks per game. Matthew Rogers of Southwest Baptist University (Mo.) is tops nationally at 4.1 blocks per game.

Newberry's defense has excelled this year, and that is shown in its other top rankings. The scarlet and gray are 10th nationally in three-point field goal percentage defense (27.1%), 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.3%) and 21st nationally in scoring defense (61.9 points per game.) Newberry also ranks 21st nationally in winning percentage (.813) and 24th nationally in scoring margin (+13.7 points per game).

You can view the entire NCAA basketball statistical rankings by clicking here: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-baskbl/stats/ncaa-m-baskbl-stats-index.html

Newberry continues the season on Wednesday night on the road against Tusculum. Tipoff at Pioneer Arena in Greeneville, Tenn., is set for approximately 8 p.m., following the conclusion of the women's game.