Newberry men lead nation in blocks per game for seventh consecutive week

Newberry men lead nation in blocks per game for seventh consecutive week
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 | by Johnson moves up a spot to third nationally

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The Newberry College men's basketball team leads NCAA Division II in blocked shots per game for the seventh 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 170 shots in 25 games this season, for an average of 6.8 blocks per game. The scarlet and gray have a 0.6 block per game lead over second place as the University of South Dakota is blocking 6.2 shots per game. West Virginia State University is in third place at 5.9 blocks per contest.

Individually, junior forward Kendrick Johnson (Orangeburg, S.C.) has moved up one spot 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 3.9 blocks per game, while Rashaad Singleton of Florida Southern College is blocking 3.6 shots each contest.

Defensively, Newberry is holding its opponents to 39.5% shooting from the floor, which is 14th best in the nation. Adelphi University leads Division II at 37.4%. Newberry's foes are only connecting on 29.8% of three-point attempts, which is 16th in Division II.

Newberry (18-7, 8-6 SAC) continues its push for a regional berth this Wednesday at 8 p.m. against Brevard in Eleazer Arena. Newberry is ranked seventh in the Southeast Region with two games remaining in the regular season. New regional rankings will be released prior to Wednesday's game.

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