Newberry men lead nation in blocked shots for sixth straight week

Newberry men lead nation in blocked shots for sixth straight week
Monday, February 16, 2009 | by Johnson fourth individually; Team in top 15 in three categories

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team leads NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game for the sixth straight week according to this week's national statistical rankings. The scarlet and gray are in the top 15 nationally in three categories.

Newberry has blocked 161 shots in 23 games this season, for an average of 7.0 blocks per game. The scarlet and gray have a 1.1 block per game lead over second place as the University of South Dakota is blocking 5.9 shots per game. Southeastern Oklahoma State University and the University of the Incarnate Word (Texas) are blocking 5.8 shots per game.

Individually, junior forward Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) is now fourth 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. Philadelphia University leads Division II at 37.6%.

Newberry's foes are only connecting on 29.5% of three-point attempts, which is 15th in Division II. Benedict College in Columbia leads D-II at 25.4%.

Newberry (17-6, 7-5 SAC) continues its push for a regional berth this Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Tusculum in Eleazer Arena. Newberry is ranked eighth in the Southeast Region, while Tusculum is ranked fifth. New regional rankings will be released prior to Wednesday's game.

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