BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced its annual postseason awards and all-conference teams Thursday and in the process honored Bemidji State University men’s basketball junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) as NSIC Newcomer of the Year and All-NSIC First Team, while also recognizing senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) as All-NSIC First Team and senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) as All-NSIC Second Team.
The awards are the first postseason honors for all three players in their Bemidji State careers. Lutes is the fifth BSU student-athlete to earn NSIC Newcomer of the Year since the award began in 1998-99 and the first since Dermaine Crockrell was selected in 2011-12.
Lutes became the seventh Bemidji State player to earn the NSIC scoring title when he posted a league-best 22.2 points per game this season. He led the league with 175 field goals made, helping him reach 488 points, which is the third most points scored in a conference season. The junior piled up 36.32 minutes per game to rank first in the league. He finished fourth in 3-pointers made with 53 (2.4 3-pointers made per game) and was also fourth in free throw percentage, shooting at an 88.5 percent clip (85-for-96). In league play, Lutes totaled 80 rebounds, 48 assists and 18 steals. He shot 50.4 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from 3-point range. The junior recorded 14 games with 20 or more points in league play this season, seven of which were 30-plus games, which included a 43-point performance versus University of Mary Feb. 8. The point total fell just one point shy of tying the BSU program record. Lutes was a three-time NSIC Player of the Week honoree.
In all games, Lutes totaled 574 points to rank seventh on BSU’s single season scoring chart.
Noreen finished the 22-game league schedule with 16.0 points per game to rank 10th in the NSIC. He pulled down 6.3 rebounds per game to rank tied for 11th. Noreen swatted away 23 shot attempts and finished tied for ninth in blocks per game (1.1 bpg). He recorded 26.64 minutes per game to sit 25th. The senior compiled nine games with 20 or more points. He recorded his first-career double-double at University of Minnesota Crookston Nov. 30 with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Noreen also totaled a career-high five blocks at UMC. His second double-double came at University of Mary Jan. 24 when he totaled 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds.
Noreen finished with 928 career points (10.0 ppg in 93 games played) and was a career 49.9 percent shooter from the field.
In league games, Rosenbloom led the NSIC with 9.5 rebounds per game to become the fifth BSU player to be crowned the NSIC Rebounding Champion (since 1965-66). His 62.1 field goal percentage was also a league best. The senior’s 1.1 blocks per game (23 total) ranked tied for ninth in the conference, while his 12.2 points per game finished tied for 27th. Rosenbloom played 34.95 minutes per game to rank fourth in the NSIC. The senior totaled 10 games in league play with 10 or more rebounds and compiled eight double-doubles. His most notable came at home against St. Cloud State University Dec. 6 when he recorded a then-career-high 21 points and a BSU program record 24 rebounds. The 20-point, 20-rebound performance was the first in BSU program history and just the third in NSIC play since 1998-99. He earned NSIC Player of the Week honors following the performance.
In all games, Rosenbloom posted 13 games with 10 or more rebounds and totaled 11 double-doubles. His 258 rebounds this season ranks second on BSU’s all-time single-season chart, while the 63.2 field goal percentage is the best single season performance all-time at Bemidji State. He finished his career with 445 rebounds and was a 56.7 percent shooter from the field.
Minnesota State University, Mankato guard Zach Monaghan was named NSIC Player of the Year, while MSU head coach Matt Margenthaler was NSIC Coach of the Year. Winona State University’s Kellen Taylor was NSIC Defensive Player of the Year, while Warrior guard Riley Bambenek was NSIC Freshman of the Year.
The Beavers suffered an 88-76 upset loss Wednesday to Wayne State College in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament at BSU Gymnasium. BSU was the No. 2 seed in the NSIC North, while Wayne State (9-18) entered as the No. 7 seed of the NSIC South. The loss ended the 2013-14 season for Bemidji State, as the squad went 18-9 overall and 15-7 in NSIC play to earn a share of the NSIC North Championship – its second league title in three years. BSU recorded 18 wins for the sixth time in program history and the third season in a row for the first time in 92 seasons of Bemidji State basketball.
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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).