BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference office announced Wednesday its season award winners and named Bemidji State University men’s basketball seniors Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.) and Lance Rongstad (G/F, Eleva, Wis.) All-NSIC Second Team members.
Both student-athletes are first-time All-NSIC team recipients. Last season, Crockrell was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year.
Crockrell leads team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, which stands 13th in the NSIC. He also guides the squad with 3.1 assists per game (13th in the league). The Mesa, Ariz. native has scored double figures in all but two games in 2012-13, which includes five contests with 20-or-more points. He posted a career-high 29 points in an 82-74 upset victory of then-No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato on the road Feb. 8. Crockrell ranks fourth in the league with 34.2 minutes per game and 10th in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.28 mark. He has pulled down rebounds at a 3.7 per game clip to rank fourth on the team, while his 32 steals this season is third on the squad.
In league games only, Crockrell posted 15.2 points per game to sit 11th in the conference, while his 3.1 assists per contest was good for 13th in the NSIC. His 1.17 assist/turnover ratio finished 10th. In the 22-game schedule, he averaged 34.86 minutes per game to rank third in the league.
In just two seasons, Crockrell has racked up 665 points to average 13.6 points per game. He has 87 career assists and a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio.
Rongstad is third on the team and 23rd in the league this season scoring 12.3 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game, while the 33 steals is also second-best. He has played 29.2 minutes per game (17th in the NSIC) in 2012-13 and owns a team-best 86.3 free throw percentage that sits seventh in the NSIC and 36th nationally. The senior has scored in double-figures in 17 contests, which includes a run of eight games Jan. 12-Feb. 2 where he at least tied for the team lead in scoring. He has scored more than 20 points on five occasions, with three of those occurrences happening in consecutive games Jan. 12-18. He scored 24 points in the Jan. 18 game at Winona State University and in the process eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career to become the 16th member of the men’s basketball program to accomplish the feat. He has hit 40 3-pointers this season and owns a 36.0 percentage from beyond the arc.
In conference play, Rongstad finished 15th in the NSIC scoring 13.9 points per game. His 85.9 percent clip from the charity stripe was good for ninth, while the 2.8 assists per game ranked 14th. He played 32.73 minutes per game to sit 11th among his league counterparts.
Rongstad ranks 11th all-time in scoring at Bemidji State with 1,195 career points. He is just eight points shy of taking over 10th and surpassing former teammate Seth Haake’s (2006-10) 1,202 points. Rongstad ranks 11th on BSU’s career rebounding list with 463 career boards. He is just five rebounds shy of cracking the top 10 and moving past Brian Weierke’s (1987-91) 467 career rebounds.
The NSIC Player of the Year was Winona State University’s Clayton Vette. NSIC Defensive and Newcomer of the Year awards went to Jarvis Williams of the NSIC Regular Season Champions, Minnesota State. Augustana College’s Daniel Jansen was named NSIC Freshman of the Year and Southwest Minnesota State University head coach Brad Bigler was honored as NSIC Coach of the Year.
The Beavers are 17-11 overall, riding a five-game wining streak and have won eight of their last 10 heading into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Semifinals in Rochester, Minn. March 8 against Upper Iowa University at 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Arena.
The winner of the BSU and UIU semifinal game will face the winner of the Augustana College and Minnesota State University, Mankato semifinal, played Friday at 7:30 p.m. The two winners will advance to the finals March 9 at 5:30 p.m. with a shot at an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).