BURNSVILLE, Minn. – For the second consecutive week and the fourth 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 weekend Feb. 24-25 that closed the regular season and handed the Beavers an NSIC title. The senior averaged 33.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and shot 71.0 percent from the floor.
Ellisor’s honor is the fourth of his career after earning the laurel Nov. 21, Jan. 23 and Feb. 20. It marks the fifth 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 recorded his second and third consecutive (fourth and fifth overall) 30-point games in wins against Upper Iowa University (77-65) and No. 22 Winona State University (94-84). He missed just two free throws in 23 attempts for a 91.3 percentage and added four assists in 38.0 minutes per game. He scored 32 points in the win against the Peacocks and then tied his career-high with 34 points against the Warriors. Ellisor totaled nine rebounds and three assists, shot 64.3 percent from the floor and went for career-highs in free throws made and attempted with a 15-for-16 (93.8%) mark from the line versus WSU.
The last time BSU had five 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 seventh 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.)
Feb. 27, 2012 James Ellisor (Sr.)
Ellisor finished the regular season as the scoring champion with 22.5 points per game and has helped guide the Beavers to a 21-7 overall record (BSU’s program record for wins) and a 16-6 conference record (BSU’s record for conference wins). With the league title in hand, BSU earned the No. 1 seed for the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament and hosts eighth-seeded Wayne State College Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium in the first round of the tournament.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).