BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Bemidji State University junior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week Monday for his performance against University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4. The junior poured in a career-high 27 points and shot 66.7 percent from the field in the victory. The honor is the first of his career and the third award for the men’s basketball team this season, as he follows senior forward James Ellisor’s (Glendale, Ariz.) Nov. 21 and Jan. 23 laurels.
Crockrell scored his game-high 27 on 10-for-15 (66.7%) shooting from the field, 2-for-3 (66.7%) from beyond the arc and a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. He also added six assists and four rebounds, while committing zero turnovers in 38 minutes of play. Up five with 2:12 remaining in the game Crockrell put the game away for BSU with a rare four-point play, knocking down a 3-pointer with time running down on the shot clock while getting fouled.
The last time BSU had three or more NSIC Players of the Week in a season was the 2004-05 campaign when three different players were honored. Monday’s award marks the fifth player to earn the weekly conference recognition under head coach Matt Bowen.
NSIC Players of the Week under head coach Matt Bowen:
Jan. 12, 2009 Seth Haake (Jr.)
Feb. 22, 2010 Lance Rongstad (Fr.)
Nov. 21, 2011 James Ellisor (Sr.)
Jan. 23, 2012 James Ellisor (Sr.)
Feb. 6, 2012 Dermaine Crockrell (Jr.)
The Beavers (16-6, 11-5 NSIC) are 9-1 at home in 2011-12 and have four of their last six games at BSU Gymnasium, starting with University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead Feb. 10-11. The 16 wins marks just the 15th time in program history the Beavers have reached that win total.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).