SSU men reach highest ranking ever

PORTSMOUTH — The men’s basketball program at Shawnee State was able to achieve its highest ranking in program history as the Bears were able to make a three-place jump from its prior ranking, according to NAIA officials on Wednesday.

Shawnee State, which obtained 71 points to tie for 22nd-place in the NAIA Division I Poll, tied with Talladega (Ala.) for the spot in the polls en route to making a three-place jump in the rankings.

SSU, which is 16-8 on the season and 5-5 in the Mid-South Conference (MSC), continued its upward trajectory by coming back from a 16-4 deficit to start an affair against then-No. 4 Pikeville in a 68-57 victory over UPike on Thursday, Jan. 16.

Shawnee State also added in a 79-72 win over the No. 13-ranked team in NAIA Division II, Lourdes, on Monday, Jan. 27 to round out its main victories during that stretch.

With their No. 22 overall ranking, the Bears, in addition to earning their highest national ranking in school history, also stayed in the NAIA Division I Top 25 for the second straight poll — which is also a program-first.

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