Newberry men make it five straight weeks atop NCAA rankings for blocks

Newberry men make it five straight weeks atop NCAA rankings for blocks
Monday, February 9, 2009 | by Scarlet and gray lead the country in swats by over a block per game

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team leads NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game for the fifrth straight week according to this week's national statistical rankings. The scarlet and gray are in the top 20 nationally in three categories.

Newberry has blocked 154 shots in 22 games this season, for an average of 7.0 blocks per game. The scarlet and gray have now opened up a 1.1 block per game gap over second place as the University of South Dakota, the University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) and West Virginia State University arre each blocking 5.9 shots per game.

Individually, junior forward Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) is up to third in the nation in blocked shots per game at 3.4 swats per game. Matthew Rogers of Southwest Baptist University (Mo.) leads the country with 4.0 blocks per game.

Defensively, Newberry is holding its opponents to 38.9% shooting from the floor, which is ninth best in the nation. Newberry's foes are only connecting on 29.5% of three-point attempts, which is 17th in Division II.

Newberry plays only once this week, as the scarlet and gray travel to Salisbury, N.C., to take on Catawba College at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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