BEMIDJI, Minn. – Before finishing the semester and departing in all directions, the Bemidji State University men's basketball team got together one last time and celebrated its successful 2012-13 season and doled out the team awards.
In his first year with the program, head coach Mike Boschee announced the team award winners:
Most Valuable Player - Dermaine Crockrell (Sr., Mesa, Ariz.)
An All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Second Team and NSIC All-Tournament Team selection, Crockrell led the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game, which stood 11th in the NSIC. He also guided the squad with 3.2 assists per game (13th in the league). The Mesa, Ariz. native 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 ranked fourth in the league with 34.4 minutes per game and 10th in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.30 mark. He pulled down rebounds at a 3.8 per game clip to rank fourth on the team, while his 33 steals was third on the squad.
In just two seasons, Crockrell racked up 696 points to average 13.6 points per game.
Defensive Player of the Year - Maxie Rosenbloom (Jr., St. Paul, Minn.)
Rosenbloom brought defensive intensity to the floor, reeled in 3.9 rebounds per game and swatted away 20 blocks to rank second on the team. He averaged 5.1 points in 19.7 minutes per game. The junior shot 53.5 percent from the field and added 16 steals and 15 assists. In a six-game stretch Feb. 1-16, he posted three double-digit scoring efforts and averaged 4.8 rebounds per game with five blocks.
Most Improved Award - Mason Walters (Sr., Milton, Wis.)
Walters thrived in Boschee’s offense, while taking his rebounding game to the next level. He finished second on the team and 16th in the NSIC with 14.1 points per game, while his 7.8 rebounds per game was second in the league. Walters totaled 11 games with 10 or more rebounds, which included 18 at Winona State University in the NSIC Tournament. His 10 double-doubles finished second in the NSIC and 36th nationally. The senior’s 2.6 offensive rebounds per game was good for fourth in the conference. He shot the ball at a 48.0 percent clip, while his 84.0 free throw percentage tied for 11th in the NSIC. He added 28 assists, 27 steals and seven blocks. For his efforts in the NSIC Tournament, he was named to the all-tournament team.
With 234 rebounds last season, Walters ranks fifth on BSU’s all-time single season rebounding list. His 507 career rebounds is eighth all-time. He became the 17th player in program history to reach the 1,000 points plateau and finished with 1,070 career points.
Leadership Award - Provides inspiration and leadership to his team - Lance Rongstad (Sr., Eleva, Wis.)
Achievement Award- Academic, community service - Lance Rongstad (Sr. Eleva, Wis.)
Rongstad was an All-NSIC Second Team pick after finishing third on the team and 22nd in the league in scoring with 12.4 points per game. He was second on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game, while the 37 steals (1.23 spg – 14th in NSIC) is also second-best. He played 30.6 minutes per game (17th in the NSIC) in 2012-13 and owned a team-best 87.3 free throw percentage that sat sixth in the NSIC and 25th nationally. The senior scored in double-figures in 19 contests, which includes a run of eight games Jan. 12-Feb. 2 where he at least tied for the team lead in scoring. He scored more than 20 points on six 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 hit 41 3-pointers and owned a 35.3 percentage from beyond the arc.
Rongstad finished ninth all-time in scoring at Bemidji State with 1,225 career points and ranks 10th on BSU’s career rebounding list with 472 career boards.
Coaches Award - Contributions made by attitude and example - Jason Edwards (Sr., Phoenix, Ariz.)
Edwards started 28 of 30 games played at point guard. The senior stepped into his role and flourished, to provide a solid point guard presence and defensive tenacity. He led the team and finished 11th in the NSIC in steals with 40 (1.33 spg). He was fifth on the team in scoring with 5.3 points in 26.5 minutes per game. He averaged 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. The Phoenix, Ariz. native went 29-for-31 from the charity stripe for a .935 percentage. In the final three games of the season and in the first round of the NSIC Tournament – where BSU went 4-0 – Edwards averaged 9.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.
The Beavers posted an 18-12 overall record in 2012-13 to rank fifth all-time in wins in the 91-year history of the program. After losing its head coach, the nation's player of the year and an all-region point guard, the expectations of BSU from outsiders was dim. The league coaches pegged the Beavers to finish tied for 12th in the NSIC. Bemidji State proved it was worthy to battle in one of the nation's toughest conferences and finished the 22-game league schedule with a 13-9 mark to finish as the No. 3 seed in the NSIC North. Boschee set the BSU record for most wins by a first-year head coach, as the Beavers made a run to the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament Championship – their first-ever run to the championship game. Bemidji State fell to No. 7 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 73-68 in the contest to fall just short of an automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region 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).