BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University men’s basketball junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) was named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team today, to become the fourth player in program history to earn all-region status from the award program.
Lutes became the fifth BSU student-athlete to earn Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Newcomer of the Year since the award began in 1998-99, Feb. 27, when the NSIC announced its annual awards. The junior was also named All-NSIC First Team after he became the seventh Bemidji State player to claim the NSIC scoring title when he posted a league-best 22.2 points per game.
In conference games, he also led the league with 175 field goals made, helping him reach 488 points, which is the third most points scored in a conference season dating back to 1953-54. 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 all games, Lutes totaled 574 points (21.3 ppg) to rank seventh on BSU’s single-season scoring chart. He shot 50.1 percent from the field on 207-of-413 shooting, which ranked him 15th in the nation (as of March 2) in total field goals made and 21st in total field goals attempted. His 21.3 points per game currently stands 24th in NCAA Division II.
Lutes added 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.9 steals per game and shot 38.4 percent from 3-point land and 85.3 percent from the charity stripe.
The junior recorded an NSIC-best 15 games with 20 or more points, seven of those contests were 30-plus games, which included a 43-point performance versus University of Mary Feb. 8. The point total fell just one shy of tying the BSU program record, is the best performance by an NSIC player this season and ranks tied for eighth in the nation in 2013-14. He shot 17-of-24 (70.8%) from the field and 8-for-11 (72.7%) from 3-point range in the stellar performance. His 17 field goals made tied the program highwater mark (tied for fifth nationally in 2013-14), while the 24 field goals attempted fell one shy of tying the BSU record, as did the eight 3-pointers made.
Lutes was a three-time NSIC Player of the Week honoree.
Lutes follows Charles Hanks (First Team – 2004), James Ellisor (First Team and Player of the Year – 2012) and Bryce Tesdahl (Second Team – 2012) as student-athletes to represent Bemidji State on the Daktronics Central Region Teams.
Minnesota State University, Mankato guard Zach Monaghan was named Daktronics Central Region Player of the Year. Five total members of the NSIC were named all-region in Monaghan (First Team), MSU’s Assem Marei (First Team), Lutes, Joey Woods (Second Team) from Upper Iowa University and Casey Schilling (Second Team) from Augustana College.
The Central Region is comprised of three conferences: Great American Conference (GAC), Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) and NSIC.
The D2SIDA All-America men’s basketball team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The teams are voted on by the members of D2SIDA, NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors Association
The Beavers suffered an 88-76 upset loss Feb. 26 to Wayne State College in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament at BSU Gymnasium. 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. Three players earned All-NSIC honors, as senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) joined Lutes on the first team and senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) was honored as All-NSIC Second Team.
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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).