BURNSVILLE, Minn. – After totaling 73 points, shooting 64.3 percent from the field and guiding the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home sweep Feb. 7-8, junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) was honored as NSIC Player of the Week, Monday, in a league announcement. The award is the second of the season for Lutes, who also picked up the recognition Jan. 13.
Lutes averaged 36.5 points per game and shot 64.3 percent from the field in the sweep of Minot State University (83-60) and University of Mary (90-77). He also shot 61.1 percent from 3-point range and went 8-for-10 (80%) from the free throw line. He added three rebounds and three assists.
The junior fell one point shy of tying the BSU school record for points in a game Saturday when we scored 43. He went 17-for-24 (70.8%) from the field to tie the program record for field goals made and went 8-for-11 (72.7%) from 3-point land to fall one 3-pointer shy of tying the BSU record. The 17 field goals made is an NSIC-best this season, while the eight 3-pointers ranks tied for first. He also added three assists in the game. The 43 points stands as the best individual performance in the NSIC this season and ranks tied for fifth in the nation (stats as of Feb. 6).
Friday, Lutes recorded his league-leading fourth game with 30 or more points when he posted 30 points on 10-for-18 (55.6%) shooting from the field, a 3-for-7 (42.9%) performance from long range and a 7-for-8 (87.5%) effort from the charity stripe.
He leads the NSIC in scoring, averaging 20.5 points per game.
The award makes four for the BSU men’s basketball team this season, as Lutes followed 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. Lutes is the first player to earn multiple awards in a season since James Ellisor picked up four in 2011-12. He is just the third player to accomplish the feat, as Charles Hanks earned multiple honors in 2001-02 (2), 2002-03 (3) and 2003-04 (5).
The Beavers used the weekend wins to improve to 17-5 overall and 14-4 in NSIC play. The Beavers have reached 17 wins for the third consecutive season and it marks the 16th occurrence all-time. The 14-4 league mark is good for a two-game lead in the NSIC North and trails the 15-3 conference leaders, Minnesota State University, Mankato and Winona State University by one game with four league contests remaining. BSU wraps the home portion of the 2013-14 regular season schedule Feb. 14-15 when it hosts Minnesota State (Friday, 8 p.m.) and Concordia University, St. Paul (Saturday, 6 p.m.).
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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).