Men climb two spots, earn first place nod in NAIA Poll

LEWISTON, Idaho – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has released the seventh edition of the NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll and the Lewis-Clark State College men moved up three spots to No. 3 and, for the first time in program history, received one first place vote.

The Warriors, who went 2-0 on the week, received a season-high 234 total points while also receiving 1-of-10 first place votes, the first time LCSC has achieved that feat in program history. LC’s 22 wins are tied for the most in the NAIA with Biola (Calif.) who is 22-3, giving the Warriors the nation’s best winning percentage at 22-2 (.917).

Lewis-Clark State paces the Frontier Conference who saw Carroll maintain its position at No. 13 with 154 points while Montana Western received 16 total points. The Warriors and Saints will battle for the conference lead on when they meet in Helena, Mont. on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m.

LSU Alexandria received the other nine first place votes and 250 total points to remain atop the poll. The Generals have won 14 straight games to get to 21-2 overall. Georgetown (Ky.) is just four points ahead of LC with 238 and a 21-3 record. Pikeville (Ky.) if fourth with 223 points, just one ahead of No. 5 Columbia (Mo.).

The poll was voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences and the Association of Independent Institutions.