Duane Fields Selected as NSIC Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Monday, January 10, 2005

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bemidji State University junior guard Duane Fields (Los Angeles, Calif.) has been named as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his role in the Beavers sweep over Concordia-St. Paul and Winona State in the opening weekend of league play, the conference office announced today.

Fields averaged 22.0 points, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steal per game to lead the Beavers to a perfect 2-0 start in league play over the weekend. In two starts, he shot a blistering 70.8 percent from the field (17-24), 75.0 percent from long-range (6-8) and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe (100 percent).

BSU's leading scorer at 14.5 points per game had a career night Saturday as the Beavers defeated Winona State, 94-77, scoring a personal-high 27 points on 11-13 shooting (.846), 2-3 from three-point territory (.667) and 3-3 from the line. On Friday, Fields helped BSU post a season-high 14 threes connecting on 4-of-5 triples, scoring 17 points to pace the Beavers who were victorious over Concordia-St. Paul 76-65.

The award is the second delivered to a member of the BSU men's basketball team this season. Fields follows junior Alvin Muse (South Holland, Ill.) who garnered Co-NSIC Player of the Week honors Nov. 29th.

The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is 8-7 overall and 2-0 in NSIC play. The Beavers put their undefeated mark in league play and their 13-game home winning streak versus NSIC foes on the line this weekend when they welcome Minnesota State University-Moorhead (5-9; 0-2 NSIC) for an 8:00 p.m. tip-of Friday and Northern State University (10-3; 2-0 NSIC) at 8:00 p.m. Saturday.