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UPike men stay put at No. 2 in latest NAIA poll

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, the University of Pikeville men’s basketball team is ranked second in the NAIA Coaches’ Top-25 Poll, officials from the national office announced on Tuesday.

While the Bears picked up a first-place vote, Cal State San Marcos kept its spot atop the rankings after going 4-0 last week. The Cougars are on a 16-game winning streak, last losing on Dec. 7 against Hope International and received the other nine first-place nods.

UPIKE is on a streak of its own, winning its last seven games, including two wins last week at Cumberland (Tenn.) (64-60) and Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) (78-70). The Bears are 21-2 overall, their best record in the last 11 seasons, and an impressive 11-1 in the tough Mid-South Conference.

Pikeville is having a remarkable season so far, ranking No. 1 in the NAIA in winning margin at +21.1 points and is second in offensive rebounds per game at 16.3. The Bears’ 44.4 rebounds per game rank third nationally and its 92 points per game is the fifth best average in the NAIA.

Other MSC programs in the poll include No. 15 Rio Grande (Ohio), No. 19 Georgetown (Ky.) and Campbellsville (Ky.) was listed as receiving votes.

The conference slate doesn’t let down this week as UPIKE hosts Cumberlands (Ky.) at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, followed by a 4 p.m. ET matchup with 19th-ranked Georgetown (Ky.) on Saturday at the East Ky. Expo Center.

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