BURNSVILLE, Minn. – For the third time this season, a member of the Bemidji State University men's basketball team was honored as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Week. Monday, the league announced Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) as the player of the week after the junior averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 65.5 percent from the field to guide BSU to an NSIC road weekend sweep Jan. 10-11.
Lutes went 19-of-29 from the field, 8-for-16 (50%) from the 3-point range and 13-of-14 (92.9%) from the charity stripe with five assists, four rebounds and two steals in 75 minutes. The junior recorded his second consecutive 30-point performance Friday at Augustana College with a season-high 34 points, which is tied for second in the NSIC this season. Lutes didn't miss a shot until midway through the second half and finished the game 11-for-13 (84.6%) from the field, 4-for-6 (66.7%) from 3-point land and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. His outstanding shooting performance helped the Beavers shoot 71.2 percent from the field, a 2013-14 NSIC Division II-best. He capped the weekend with 25 points in a victory at Wayne State College, shooting 8-of-16 (50%) from the field, 4-for-10 (40%) from beyond the arc and 5-of-6 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
In the last three games, Lutes is shooting 68.9 percent from the field and averaging 29.7 points per game.
In league games only, he leads the NSIC in scoring with 20.7 points per game.
Lutes follows teammates Jake Schalow (Sr., G, Kaukauna, Wis.), the Dec. 23 selection, and Maxie Rosenbloom (Sr., F, St. Paul, Minn.), the Dec. 9 honoree, as NSIC Player of the Week award recipients in 2013-14. The last time three different Beavers earned the recognition in the same season was 2004-05. The accomplishment has happened four times since 2002-03.
The Beavers (10-4, 7-3 NSIC) will ride a three-game winning streak and a 4-1 record in the last five games into an NSIC home weekend Jan. 17-18, as it battles a pair of teams it lost to earlier this season, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University. Bemidji State’s 7-3 NSIC record is good for a four-way tie for first in the NSIC North with MSUM, NSU and St. Cloud State University.
In the last five games, the Beavers are shooting 59.4 percent (161-for-271) and averaging 91.4 points per game (72.4 points allowed per game).
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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).