KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Carroll College men’s basketball team tumbled from No. 2 in the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll down to 10th after suffering its first two losses of the season.
The Saints, who started the season with a program-best 15-0 mark, lost to Lewis-Clark State and Rocky Mountain College. L-C State, which rallied from a 22-point deficit to defeat Carroll 72-70 on Jan. 6, is now the highest-ranked Frontier Conference team in the poll, moving up to No. 8 in the latest rankings, which were released Tuesday.
Montana Western held steady at 16th, giving the Frontier three teams in the poll. Montana State-Northern was among the teams also receiving votes.
The Warriors lead the latest Frontier Conference standings with a 16-2 overall record and 5-1 mark in league play. Carroll (16-2 overall, 4-2 conference) and Western (14-3, 4-2) are one game back, while Northern (13-5, 3-3) and Rocky (11-6, 3-3) are tied for fourth in the league standings.
William Penn (Iowa) replaced Georgetown (Ky.) as the top-ranked team. Georgetown suffered its first loss of the season and dropped into a tie for fifth. Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), LSU Shreveport (La.), The Master’s (Calif.) and Columbia (Mo.) round out the top five.