Men's basketball moves to #10 in NAIA-I national poll

For Release: (Immediately: Feb. 19, 2013)

Springfield, Mo. – The Evangel University men’s basketball is ranked 10th nationally in this week’s NAIA-I coaches’ poll. The #10 national ranking is Evangel’s highest ever since the Crusaders moved to NAIA-I in 2008-09.

The Crusaders are 21-5, in first place in the Heart of America conference with a 14-2 record. Evangel went 2-0 last week with a road win at Avila 56-46 and a 79-78 overtime win over 23rd ranked Culver-Stockton.

Evangel is scheduled to play MidAmerica Nazarene Thursday at 7:30 at the Ashcroft Center with first place in the HAAC on the line. The Pioneers are ranked 20th in this week’s NAIA-I poll and are one back behind Evangel in the league standings as they are 21-7 and 13-3 in the league.

Culver-Stockton is ranked 25th in this week’s national poll giving the Heart of America conference three ranked teams.

A complete listing of the NAIA-I top 25 is available on the NAIA website: http://www.naia.org/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=27900&ATCLID=206464351

For additional information, contact:
Kevin Kennedy, Evangel University Athletics, (417) 865-2815, ext. 7260

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