Kansas City, MO – Coming off their five overtime win over Campbellsville, the University of the Cumberlands Men's Basketball Team has moved up one spot and is now ranked ninth in the NAIA Coaches' Poll, released by the national office Tuesday. The Patriots received 183 points to remain in the top 25 for the fourth straight poll.
The Patriots are 21-5 overall, including a 7-4 mark against the Mid-South Conference. UC is averaging 78.04 points per game, while holding their opponents to 65.77 points per game, which is ranked seventh in the NAIA. Cumberlands is also ranked third in the NAIA in total rebounds and three-point field goals percentage defense.
Leading the way for Cumberlands is Chance Morton (JR/Mobile, AL), Marquis Yates (SR/Manassas, VA), and Bernard Samuel (JR/Charleston, SC). Morton leads the Patriots averaging 13.3 points per game, while grabbing 8.2 rebounds. He recorded a career-high 34 points and 15 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season in the win over Campbellsville. Yates is averaging 12.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season. Samuel and Eddie Tornes (JR/Muskegon Heights, MI) are averaging 11.5 and 11.4 points per game respectfully.
LSU Alexandria is 25-0 and received all ten first-place votes to sit atop the poll. William Penn remains ranked second, while Columbia, Biola, and Dalton State round out the top five. MSC rivals Georgetown is ranked sixth, while Pikeville remains ranked 14th. Life and Lindsey Wilson are both recieving votes in this week's poll.
The Patriots will return to the court Thursday, February 16, when they host conference foe Lindsey Wilson at 8 p.m. This game will be a Whiteout and fans are encouraged to wear white. Live coverage of the game can be found here.
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