Men's basketball leads nation in blocked shots for third straight week


Men's basketball leads nation in blocked shots for third straight week
Monday, January 26, 2009 | by Johnson fourth individually in blocks, while Newberry in top 35 in six categories

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball leads NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game for the third consecutive week according to this week's national statistical rankings, which were released today.

Newberry has blocked 122 shots in 18 games, which puts the team at an average of 6.8 blocks per game. The University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) trails Newberry by 0.4 blocks per game, having blocked 116 shots in 18 games. Both schools carry 14-4 overall records. Florida Southern College has the most total blocks at 127, but have played 21 games for an average of 6.0 blocks per game, placing the Mocs in third nationally.

The team ranks in the Top 35 in six total categories. Besides the top ranking in blocked shots, the scarlet and gray are 12th nationally in field goal percentage defense (38.4%), 23rd in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.2%), 27th in scoring defense (62.7 points per game), 33rd in winning percentage (77.8%), and 34th in scoring margin (+12.1 points per game).

Junior forward Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) is ranked fourth nationally in individual blocked shots per game at 3.4 blocks per contest. Matthew Rogers of Southwest Baptist University (Mo.) leads Division II at 4.1 blocks per game. Johnson blocked his 200th career shot in Saturday's 78-68 upset win over No. 11 Catawba and has 62 total blocks this season.

Johnson and the scarlet and gray will look to build upon these rankings and achieve their highest regular season win total as a Division II program on Wednesday night against the Brevard College Tornados. Tipoff for the second half of the SAC doubleheader in Brevard's Boshamer Gymnasium is set for approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, following the completion of the women's contest between Newberry and Brevard.