BURNSVILLE, Minn. – For the third time this season, Bemidji State University senior forward James Ellisor (Glendale, Ariz.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week, announced by the league office Monday, for his performance in a 2-0 road weekend by the Beavers Feb. 17-18. The senior averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while becoming the 15th player in BSU program history to reach 1,000 career points.
Ellisor’s honor is the third of his career after earning the laurel Nov. 21 and Jan. 23 of this season. It marks the fourth award for the men’s basketball team this season, as junior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) was named NSIC Player of the Week Feb. 6.
Ellisor led the Beavers to their first conference road sweep of the season, as the team posted a 79-78 victory at Southwest Minnesota State University and 78-64 win at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He needed 34 points on the weekend to become BSU’s 15th player to reach 1,000 career points and ended with 47 points, surpassing the mark five minutes into the second half against MSU. He shot 58.6 percent from the field, 2-for-4 from beyond the arc and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the charity stripe in 35.5 minutes per game. He recorded his NSIC-best third 30 point game Saturday in the victory against the Mavericks. He scored 30 points even on 10-for-17 (58.8%) shooting from the field, 1-for-2 (50%) from 3-point land and 9-for-9 from the free throw line.
The last time BSU had four or more NSIC Players of the Week in a season was the 2004-05 campaign when three different players were honored seven times. Monday’s award marks the sixth time a player has earned 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.)
Feb. 20, 2012 James Ellisor (Sr.)
Ellisor leads the league in scoring with 21.7 points per game and has helped guide the Beavers to a 19-7 overall record (one shy of BSU’s program record for wins) and a 14-6 conference record (tying BSU’s record for conference wins). The NSIC mark places BSU tied for second in the league standings with the opportunity to win at least a share of the league championship with two victories at home against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University Feb. 24-25. A win Friday against UIU secures an NSIC Tournament first round home game.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).