Nighthawks > Men’s Basketball Remains Ranked in NAIA Coaches Poll

| January 7, 2015

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Jason Hendrix, Thomas University Sports Information Director

KANSAS CITY – The Thomas University men’s basketball team remained ranked in the third edition of the NAIA Division II Coaches Poll receiving the No. 20 ranking overall. This six week long ranking sets a new school record for the men’s basketball program being in the Top 20.

TU is currently 11-1 on the season with a 2-0 record in Sun Conference play. Their .917 winning percentage is fourth overall in NAIA Division II behind Embry-Riddle (13-0, 1.000), Dakota Wesleyan (16-1, .941), and Indiana Wesleyan (15-1, .938).

Head coach Stephen Cox reflected on the season, “All the credit goes to our student-athletes for being a Top 20 team for the sixth week in a row. This group of men, especially our seniors, have really set the bar for future Night Hawk teams, but have more importantly made this a nationally relevant basketball program.”

The Hunter Green and White were picked to finish fifth out of nine teams in the competitive Sun Conference that currently features four ranked programs. Currently, they sit on top of the Sun Conference with a 2-0 record in league play. Embry-Riddle received the No. 2 ranking jumping five spots. The Eagles are the only remaining men’s basketball program in Division II that are undefeated coming in with a 13-0 record overall and 1-0 in TSC play. Northwood (8-3, 1-0) dropped 10 spots from its previous ranking to land at No. 13 while Southeastern (7-3, 2-0) improved two spots to No. 17.

The Night Hawks are coming off an 81-73 win over Coastal Georgia on Dec. 16 at home. Senior forward Alan Love leads the Night Hawks averaging 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Love’s .627 field goal percentage ranks him eighth in Division II while his two steals a game average places him thirty-third overall. Sophomore Adonai Rogers is second in scoring averaging 16.7 points a game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field. Rogers’ .815 free throw percentage places him forty-fifth overall in Division II. TJ Rines leads the team with 2.6 assist per contest.

Cox continued, “An 11-1 record is great, but being 2-0 in conference play is the number we’re really focused on now. Top 20 is an amazing accomplishment, but there is still a lot of games to be played, and we have to stay focused and continue to improve as a team.”

The Night Hawks look to pick up their twelfth win of the season and third win in the Sun Conference tomorrow night as they travel to Babson Park, Fla., to face TSC rival Webber International University. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m.

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