Bemidji State lands two on 2006 All-Conference team
Thursday, March 2, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Bemidji State University seniors Derik Hollyfield (G, Aurora, Ill.) and Alvin Muse (G, South Holland, Ill.) have each earned 2006 All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference selections, the league announced today. Hollyfield's second team selection stands as his first while Muse makes his second straight appearance on the third team.

The Beavers' two all-conference honorees continues a string of six seasons with at least two all-conference selections.

Hollyfield receives an All-NSIC nod in his fist season in the league. A transfer into the BSU program, he currently leads the Beavers in four categories. His 11.6 points per game narrowly edges out Muse for the top spot while his total steals (50), assists (101) and free-throw percentage (.802) each stand as BSU's best this season.

Six times in 2005-06 he paced the Beavers' scoring effort including a career-best 23-point effort in a Jan. 7th win over No. 14 Winona State. As the team's top assist man, he has led BSU in assists on 14 occasions. In Wednesday's NSIC quarterfinal match-up with MSU-Moorhead, the senior dished out a career-best nine assists, placing him in a tie for the ninth spot on SBU's all-time single-game assists list. His current total of 101 stands just one dime out of the Beavers' top-10 single season assist totals.

He currently ranks fifth on the league's free-throw percentage list while holding down the sixth spot in assists, and standing as the NSIC's 12th-leading scorer.

Hollyfield extends a current steak of first-year BSU players selected to the all-conference team to six seasons.

Muse makes an appearance as an All-NSIC Third Team selection for the second consecutive season. He is the 14th player in BSU men's basketball history to earn at least two All-conference awards.

The senior has led the Beavers in scoring on a team-best seven occasions en route claiming the second spot on BSU scoring list in 2005-06 with 11.5 points per game. Sixty of his 102 field goals have come from beyond the arc as he paces the team in three-pointers attempted (150), made (60) and three-point field goal percentage (.400). To this point in the season, he ranks fourth in the conference in three-point field goals made, eighth in three-point field goal percentage and 13th on the scoring list.

He will leave BSU as one of its top-10 all-time three-point shooters draining nearly 130 in his career while he shares the Beavers' single-game field-goal percentage record with Scott Kramer after hitting 11-of-12 field goals in a win over Lake Superior State Nov. 22, 2004. He totaled a career-best 26 points in the game.

The Beavers (15-12; 9-5 NSIC) continue 2006 NSIC/Red Baron Basketball Classic play as they meet nationally-ranked Northern State University (23-4; 11-3 NSIC) in Saturday's first semifinal contest. The Beavers look to avenge a 71-61 loss to the Wolves in 2005 semifinal action to earn a berth into the classic's championship game for the first time in BSU men's basketball history.