BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball program held its annual postseason banquet April 30 and announced its 2013-14 team award winners. Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) and junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) highlighted the award recipients as they were honored as Co-Most Valuable Players.
Noreen, along with fellow four-year seniors Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) and Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) were named Co-Most Improved. Both Schalow and Rosenbloom were honored with the Co-Leadership Award, while Schalow picked up the Coaches’ Award. Senior Brock Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) earned the Achievement Award, while senior Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) was named Defensive Player of the Year.
The Beavers went 18-9 overall and 15-7 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play in 2013-14 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.
Zach Noreen • Sr. • F • Avon, Minn. • Co-MVP • Co-Most Improved
An All-NSIC First Team pick, 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.
In all games, Noreen posted 16.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He shot 52.2 percent from the field and knocked down 36 3-pointers.
Noreen finished with 928 career points (10.0 ppg in 93 games played) and was a career 49.9 percent shooter from the field.
Brock Lutes • Jr. • G • Portland, Ore. • Co-MVP
Lutes was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year and All-NSIC First Team after he became the seventh Bemidji State player to earn the NSIC scoring title when he posted a league-best 22.2 points per game. The three-time NSIC Player of the Week led the league with 175 field goals made, helping him reach 488 points, which is the third most points scored in a conference season in NSIC history. 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).
Lutes was named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team after he totaled 574 points (21.3 ppg) to rank seventh on BSU’s single season scoring chart. He shot 50.1 percent from the field, 85.3 percent from the free throw line and 38.4 percent from long range. He added 3.6 rebounds per game. Lutes’ most impressive offensive output came Feb. 8 at home versus University of Mary when he totaled 43 points, falling one point shy of the school’s record for points in a game set in 2003.
Maxie Rosenbloom • Sr. • F • St. Paul, Minn. • Co-Most Improved • Co-Leadership Award
An All-NSIC Second Team selection, 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.
In all games, Rosenbloom posted 12.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per game (22nd in NCAA Division II) and totaled 11 double-doubles (29th in NCAA Division II). 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. His most notable performance 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.
He finished his career with 445 rebounds and was a 56.7 percent shooter from the field.
Jake Schalow • Sr. • G • Kaukauna, Wis. • Coaches Award • Co-Most Improved • Co-Leadership Award
Schalow averaged a career-high 13.1 points per game as a senior and led the NSIC with a 52.9 3-point percentage. He shot 93.8 percent from the free throw line to rank second in the league and in NCAA Division II, while his 54.9 percentage from the field ranked eighth in the NSIC. He added 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34.2 minutes per game (T-4th in NSIC).
Schalow’s free throw percentage established a new single-season program record at Bemidji State, besting the previous record of 88.5 percent set in 2004-05 by Duane Fields. The senior posted a career-high 30 points on 10-of-13 (76.9%) shooting from the field, a 7-of-8 (87.5%) game from 3-point land and a perfect 3-for-3 mark from the free throw line Dec. 20 versus University of Minnesota Crookston. The effort earned him NSIC Player of the Week honors.
The Kaukauna, Wis. native totaled 699 points in his career. He shot 45.4 percent from 3-point land (138-for-304) and 48.1 percent from the field (201-for-418).
Schalow was a three-time Academic All-NSIC Team member.
Brock Tesdahl • Sr. • G • Crosby, Minn. • Achievement Award
Tesdahl posted the best performance of his career in a start on Senior Night Feb. 15. He posted eight points on 3-for-4 from the field and a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc in 10 minutes of play. He also added two rebounds. In 2013-14, Tesdahl played 50 minutes and totaled 26 points, three rebounds and three assists with just one turnover.
In three seasons with the Beavers, Tesdahl played in 26 games and totaled 31 points in 83 minutes.
Tesdahl was a two-time Academic All-NSIC Team member.
Michael Farrington • Sr. • G • Milwaukee, Wis. • Defensive Player of the Year
Farrington averaged 21.4 minutes per game and was first off the bench for the Beavers in 2013-14. He finished with 55 steals, a 2.04 steals per game average that ranked second in the NSIC. He dished out 3.9 assists per game to sit fourth in the league, while his 2.12 assist/turnover ratio was good for third in the conference. Farrington posted 5.2 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.
The Milwaukee, Wis. native recorded a career-high 11 assists twice to rank tied for sixth on BSU’s single-game assists list. He also posted 10 assists once to sit tied for 13th on the school’s chart.
In two seasons, Farrington totaled 150 assists (2.7 apg) and 85 steals (1.5 spg).
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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).