Men's basketball moves up to #9 in NAIA-I national poll

For Release: (Immediately: Feb. 26, 2013)

Springfield, Mo. – The Evangel University men’s basketball moved up to #9 in the NAIA-I national poll today. The Crusaders were ranked 10th last week and they continue to improve on their highest position in the national poll since their move to NAIA-I in the 2008-09 season.

The poll did not take into account games played Monday. The Crusaders are 22-6 and 15-3 in the Heart of America conference and had their nine-game winning streak snapped Monday in a 99-92 loss to MidAmerica Nazarene.

Culver-Stockton is tied for 22nd in the national poll while MidAmerica Nazarene dropped out of the top 25.

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=206529863

Evangel opens the Heart of America conference tournament Thursday at the Ashcroft Center against 8th seeded Peru State. Game time is 7 p.m.

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

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