Drury men up to No. 3 in national poll



Drury's basketball Panthers have climbed one spot to No. 3 in this week's NABC/Division II Coaches Poll released on Tuesday.

Coach Steve Hesser's defending national champion Panthers are 5-0 after picking up a couple of close wins last weekend over Northwest Missouri State (74-72) and Cameron (70-66 in overtime) in the Comfort Inn/Drury Thanksgiving Classic at the O'Reilly Family Event Center. That pushed Drury's winning streak to 28 games; the Panthers have won 13 straight and 26 of their last 27 at The O'.

Only West Liberty (5-0) and fellow Great Lakes Valley Conference member Bellarmine (4-0) rank ahead of the Panthers, who return to action on Thursday when they open Great Lakes Valley Conference play against Missouri Science and Technology in a 7:45 p.m. tipoff at The O'.

After Drury plays Central Christian on Saturday (3 p.m.) at The O', the Panthers will be idle until a December 18 date with No. 13 Livingstone (4-0) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 3, 2013 – Poll #3)
                                                                                    Record                   Points              Pvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (12 first place votes)                        5-0                          391                   2
2. Bellarmine, Ky. (3 first place votes)                                 4-0                          381                   3
3. Drury, Mo.                                                                   5-0                          360                   4
4. Florida Southern (1 first place vote)                                 8-0                          348                   5
5. Western Washington                                                     4-0                          344                   7
6. Metropolitan State, Colo.                                               3-1                          321                   1
7. Indiana, Pa.                                                                  6-0                          289                  10
8. Findlay, Ohio                                                                3-0                          278                   8
9. Minnesota State                                                            7-1                          258                  11
10. Dixie State, Utah                                                         4-0                          248                  12
11. Southern Indiana                                                         4-0                          241                  14
12. Montevallo, Ala.                                                          5-0                          210                  16
13. Livingstone, N.C.                                                         4-0                          188                  15
14. Tarleton State, Texas                                                   6-0                          184                  17
15. Fort Hays State, Kan.                                                  7-0                          165                  20
16. Seattle Pacific, Wash.                                                  7-2                          131                   9
17. East Stroudsburg, Pa.                                                   6-0                          109                  23
18. Arkansas-Fort Smith                                                     6-0                          107                  25
19. Colorado School of Mines                                               4-0                           98                   24
20. Midwestern State, Texas                                                5-2                           89                     6
21. Bentley, Mass.                                                              7-0                           88                   NR
22. Washburn, Kan.                                                            7-0                           67                   NR
23. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                                  5-1                           62                   13
24. Georgia Southwestern                                                    7-0                           34                   NR
25. Texas A&M-Commerce                                                  8-0                           27                   NR

Dropped out: Fort Lewis (18), Alaska-Anchorage (19), Northeastern State (21), North Alabama (22).
 
Others receiving votes: Alaska-Anchorage 23, North Alabama 16, North Carolina-Pembroke 16, Indianapolis (Ind.) 15, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 15, Cal State-San Bernardino 14, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 14, South Carolina Aiken 10, Cal State-Stanislaus 6, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6, Delta State (Miss.) 6, Florida Tech 6, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 6, Lewis (Ill.) 6, Northeastern State (Okla.) 6, Angelo State (Texas) 5, Valdosta State (Ga.) 4, Benedict (S.C.) 2, San Francisco State (Calif.) 2, California Baptist 1, Central Missouri 1, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 1, St. Mary's (Texas) 1.

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