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Owens Express Men's Basketball Voted No. 2 in the Nation by NJCAA

Your Success Starts Here NJCAA Men's Basketball Division II National Poll

Continuing to build on a season of success, the Owens Community College men's basketball team today was ranked No. 2 in the nation among Division II basketball programs by the NJCAA.

"This is quite an achievement for us," said Jim Welling, Owens Men's Basketball Head Coach. "I'm very proud of all of our players who really have been putting forth the hard work and effort required to take us to where we are."

The 2001-2002 edition of the Owens Men's Basketball team plays a very aggressive style, both on defense and offense, said Welling, who now has 433 wins in his 16-year tenure as the head basketball coach at Owens.

"Our team also is very unselfish," he said. "Each game it seems as though there is always someone different who steps up to lead the team in scoring, rebounds or assists, which makes it very hard for opponents preparing to play us."

The Owens Express balanced attack has led to an impressive 18-1 overall record and 4-1 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

In recent weeks, Owens has recorded victories over Cuyahoga Community College 74-66 and Sinclair Community College 89-53. The lone Express loss this season was to Columbus State Community College 83-74 this past Wednesday.

"We're flattered by this ranking, however, we still have a lot of difficult games within the conference ahead of us," said Welling, whose past teams have achieved No. 1 rankings and won two NJCAA Division II National Championships in 1992 and 1993.

The Owens Community College women's basketball team has, in recent weeks, experienced similar success as the men's program. The Lady Express have won their last three games, boasting an overall record of 13-6 and 4-1 in the OCCAC standings.

Wins over Columbus State Community College 103-68, Cuyahoga Community College 85-54 and Sinclair Community College 79-78 have the women's basketball program once again vying for OCCAC championship.

This weekend (Saturday, January 19), the Express and Lady Express will play host to Clark State Community College in conference games. The doubleheader action will begin with the women's basketball playing at 1 p.m. followed by the men's basketball team at 3 p.m. Both games will be played in the Owens Student Health and Activities Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Admission is free.

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