BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honored Bemidji State University men’s basketball junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) for the second consecutive week and third time in 2013-14, Monday, when the league announced him as NSIC Player of the Week. The award is the fifth by a BSU student-athlete this season.
Lutes recorded his third and fourth consecutive game with 30 or more points Feb. 14-15 with 32 and 33 points, respectfully. He finished the weekend averaging 32.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and shot 62.9 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3-point land and 86.7 percent from the free throw line.
Friday in a home loss to No. 18 Minnesota State University, Mankato, Lutes recorded 32 points and shot 50 percent from the field with four 3-pointers and a 10-for-11 (90.9%) effort from the charity stripe with four assists and three rebounds. Saturday, in a win against Concordia University, St. Paul, the junior recorded 33 points on 13-of-17 (76.5%) from the field, a 4-for-7 (57.1%) mark from 3-point land and a 3-for-4 (75%) effort from the free throw line.
Heading into the final weekend of regular season play Feb. 21-22, Lutes leads the NSIC with 21.5 points per game.
The award makes five for the BSU men’s basketball team this season, as Lutes (Feb. 10 and Jan. 13) 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 three awards in a season since James Ellisor picked up four in 2011-12 and Charles Hanks earned multiple honors in 2002-03 (3) and 2003-04 (5).
The Beavers moved to 18-6 overall and 15-5 in NSIC play last weekend, while the victory Saturday secured at least a share of the NSIC North Title, as Bemidji State owns a two-game lead on St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead entering the final weekend of regular season play. BSU reached the 18 win mark for the third consecutive season, a milestone never accomplished before in the 92-years of BSU men's basketball. It is the sixth time in program history a team has hit 18 wins, while only two teams have ever reached 20 victories.
BSU hits the road for the final weekend of league play Feb. 21-22 at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State. Friday’s contest against the Bulldogs is slated for an 8 p.m. tip, while Saturday’s game versus the Huskies is schedule to begin at 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).