Unbeaten Braves debut in DII poll
No. 22 UNCP hosts USC Aiken Saturday
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Having climbed to within a win of matching its best start in school history on Monday, the good news kept rolling in for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke men’s basketball team on Tuesday as the Braves grabbed their first national ranking of the NCAA Division II era by checking in at No. 22 in the latest Top 25 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
The Braves (8-0) garnered the national ranking after receiving votes for the last two week’s polls, but used its perfect record this season to power into the standings. No. 10 Montevallo and No. 21 Georgia Southwestern represent the Peach Belt Conference in the national rankings.
On Monday, five players recorded double-digit scoring efforts, including two with more than eight rebounds to help the UNC Pembroke men’s basketball team maintain its undefeated record with a 90-67 triumph over visiting Mid-Atlantic Christian in the English E. Jones Center.
The Black and Gold got double-digit outings from four of its five starters, including Griffin Pittman with 17 points as he was 7-for-10 from the field, Quamain Rose with 14 points and Brandon Winford and Ben Jacobs with 11 and 10 points, respectively, while big man Chris Lindsay knocked down 12 points.
Sophomore Tyler Kordenbrock pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, while Winford claimed nine boards and Lindsay collected eight. Rose tallied a game-high seven assists and five steals during his 23 minutes on the court.
Currently, Rose carries a team-high 17.0 points per game, 5.5 assists and 3.4 steals per game, while Pittman averages 14.1 points. Winford logs 13.1 points per game, while also averaging 7.2 rebounds. Alex Bradley and Jacobs are also averaging double-digit scoring with 12.6 and 10.0 points per game, respectively.
The Braves open Peach Belt Conference play on Saturday against USC Aiken (7-2) in the second game of the doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m.
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