BURNSVILLE, Minn. – After averaging 18.0 points and pulling down 17.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home weekend Dec. 6-7, senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) has been honored as NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, in a league announcement Monday.
Rosenbloom recorded the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance in program history Friday in a 70-65 victory against St. Cloud State University (receiving votes nationally), as he totaled a career-high 21 points and added a program record 24 rebounds. He shot 6-for-10 (60%) from the field, 1-of-1 from 3-point land and was 8-for-11 (72.7%) from the free throw line. He also added two blocks and a steal. The senior had 13 points and 15 rebounds at halftime versus the Huskies. Rosenbloom followed his third double-double of the season with his fourth Saturday in a 90-79 victory against University of Minnesota Duluth with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
On the weekend, Rosenbloom shot 66.7 percent from the field, made his only 3-point attempt and went 19-for-25 (76%) from the free throw line. He added three blocks, two steals and two assists, while only turning the ball over four times in 32.5 minutes per game.
Rosenbloom's 11.4 rebounds per game ranks first in the NSIC this season, while his 64.3 field goal percentage is second. He owns 13.1 points per game to rank tied for 17th in the league.
In NSIC games since 1998-99, only five players have recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game, while just two players have totaled more than 20 points and 20 rebounds in a contest (both did so in at least one overtime). In that same time span, no one has recorded more than 22 rebounds in either league or nonconference play. The NSIC record for rebounds is 32, set in 1975.
Rosenbloom becomes the first Bemidji State player to earn the NSIC Player of the Week award since James Ellisor received the honor Feb. 27, 2012. Ellisor was named player of the week four times that season, while the Beavers gathered five awards in 2011-12. Since the 2008-09 season, four players have totaled seven weekly awards from the conference.
The Beavers went 2-0 Dec. 6-7 to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in NSIC play. The last time BSU opened conference play with a 3-0 record was 2004-05, while the 6-1 start is the best record in the first seven games of the season since the 1973-74 team opened its campaign 8-0. The Beavers will hit the road Dec. 13-14, as it travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University.
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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).