Posted: Tuesday, 26 February 2013 3:44PM

Drury men up to No. 8 in the nation



Drury has climbed three spots to No. 8 nationally in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll released on Tuesday.

After convincing victories over William Jewell (97-70) and Rockhurst (91-60), Coach Steve Hesser's Panthers are 21-4 overall and riding a 13-game winning streak into Thursday's regular season finale at Missouri Science and Technology in Rolla (7:30 p.m. tipoff).

Drury is of four Great Lakes Valley Conference teams in the poll, which now features no more remaining unbeaten teams nationally after losses by Metro State and Western Washington last week.

GLVC East champion Wisconsin-Parkside is No. 13, Bellarmine No. 15 and Southern indiana No. 19 in this week's rankings, as the league finishes regular season play Thursday and begins the Deaconess GLVC Tournament on campus sites on Sunday.


NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 26, 2013 – Regular season poll #13)
                              
                                                                   Record                   Points              Pvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (9 first place votes)                         27-1                        389                   3
2. Metropolitan State, Colo. (4 first place votes)                23-1                        386                   1
3. Western Washington (3 first place votes)                       25-1                        375                   2
4. Seattle Pacific, Wash.                                                        21-3                        350                   5
5. Cal Poly Pomona                                                                22-2                        335                   4
6. Alabama-Huntsville                                                            21-4                        318                   8
7. Minnesota State                                                                  22-4                        308                   9
8. Drury, Mo.                                                                             21-4                        284                  11
9. Saint Anselm, N.H.                                                             21-4                        251                  12
10. Winston-Salem State, N.C.                                             20-5                        230                   7
11. Saint Leo, Fla.                                                                   20-5                        213                  20
12. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn.                                                 20-4                        190                  19
13. Wisconsin-Parkside                                                         19-6                        185                  13 
14. Florida Southern                                                               19-5                        170                   6
15. Bellarmine, Ky.                                                                  19-6                        153                  15
16. Indiana, Pa.                                                                        20-5                        143                  14
17. Fort Lewis, Colo.                                                               18-5                        136                  17
18. Benedict, S.C.                                                                    20-6                        114                  NR
19. Southern Indiana                                                              19-6                        102                  16
20. East Stroudsburg, Pa.                                                      20-5                         93                   10
21. Winona State, Minn.                                                         23-6                         73                   18
22. Grand Canyon, Ariz.                                                         22-5                         51                   NR
23. Dominican, N.Y.                                                                21-5                         48                   NR
24. Livingstone, N.C.                                                              20-5                         42                   NR
25. Augustana, S.D.                                                                19-7                         39                   NR            

Dropped out: Newman (21), St. Cloud State (22), Franklin Pierce (23), Gannon (24), Dixie State (25).
 
Others receiving votes: South Carolina Aiken 35, Assumption (Mass.) 33, Kentucky Wesleyan 27, Michigan Tech 27, Wayne State (Mich.) 27, Newman (Kan.) 19, Eckerd (Fla.) 12, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 11, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 9, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 8, Gannon (Pa.) 5, Dixie State (Utah) 4, North Carolina-Pembroke 4, Midwestern State (Texas) 1.
 
Records are through games of Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013.

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