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SEARCY, Ark. (HARDING) - Harding men's basketball moved up six places to No. 18 in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll released Tuesday.

Harding defeated Southern Nazarene 71-58 on Thursday in Bethany, Okla., in its only action this week. It was the Bisons' school-record 10th straight victory overall and fourth consecutive road win.

Harding is 17-3 overall and 10-2 in the Great American Conference. The Bisons have a 2½-game lead over Arkansas Tech for the conference lead with eight conference games remaining.

The Bisons return to the road for two games this weekend. Harding plays Thursday against Northwestern Oklahoma State in Alva and Saturday against Southwestern Oklahoma State in Weatherford.

Harding entered the poll last week at No. 24 for the first time this season. The Bisons are joined by three other teams in the Central Region. Minnesota State (18-2) is at No. 5, Winona State is No. 12, and Washburn is No. 17.

NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Regular season poll #10)
1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (13 first place votes) 19-0 397 1
2. Western Washington (3 first place votes) 20-0 387 2
3. West Liberty, W.Va. 20-1 365 3
4. Cal Poly Pomona 17-1 353 5
5. Minnesota State 18-2 326 7
6. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 16-3 306 4
7. Indiana, Pa. 17-2 298 8
8. Florida Southern 16-2 295 9
9. Alabama-Huntsville 16-3 262 11
10. Southern Indiana 16-3 247 13
11. Bellarmine, Ky. 16-3 243 6
12. Winona State, Minn. 20-3 218 17
13. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 17-2 191 20
14. Adams State. Colo. 14-3 164 23
15. Saint Anselm, N.H. 16-3 157 22
16. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 15-3 143 10
17. Washburn, Kan. 14-4 131 21
18. Harding, Ark. 17-3 120 24
19. Wayne State, Mich. 14-3 114 25
20. Fort Lewis, Colo. 14-3 98 14
21. Indianapolis, Ind. 15-4 69 15
22. North Alabama 16-3 59 NR
23. Kentucky Wesleyan 15-4 50 18
24. Winston-Salem State, N.C. 16-4 39 16
25. Dominican, N.Y. 18-3 31 NR

Dropped out: Barton (12), Rollins (19).
Others receiving votes: Rollins (Fla.) 28, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 23, Barton (N.C.) 20, Saint Leo (Fla.) 16, Cal State-San Bernardino 11, Dixie State (Utah) 10, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 7, Newman (Kan.) 5, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 4, Gannon (Pa.) 3, Midwestern State (Texas) 3, Central Missouri 2, Augustana (S.D.) 2, Drury (Mo.) 2, Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 1.