Senior Royce Bryan Named Player of the Week
Tuesday, January 21, 2003
Jan. 21, 2003

Minneapolis, Minn. - A main reason for Bemidji State’s sweep of Minnesota-Morris, 116-71, and second-place Northern State, 82-77 over the weekend was the play of senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.). Bryan was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for his efforts, the league office announced yesterday.

In just his second back from a hand injury that kept him out four games, Bryan tied the game-high with 19 points and had a career-best three blocks in the blow-out against the Cougars on Friday. He was an efficient seven of nine (.778) from the floor including a personal-best five-for-seven (.714) from three-point land. He was part of a BSU club to attempt a league record 46 tri-fectas and tie the NSIC mark with 19 made treys. He contributed to the school-record output of 29 assists with four of his own as well.

In the 82-77 road win over the second-best team in the NSIC in the Wolves, Bryan logged 32 minutes and tied a personal-high of seven rebounds as he was second on the team with 16 points. His four steals led the squad for the eighth time this season.

On the weekend, Bryan went 13-for-22 (.591) from the floor, eight-for-15 (.533) from long-distance, tallied 10 rebounds (5.0), six assists (3.0), three blocks (1.5), six steals (3.0) and 35 points (17.5).

Currently in the conference, Bryan is first in steals/game (2.75), fourth in assists/game (4.08), 18th in three-point field goal percentage (.353 - 24/68), 20th in blocks/game (0.42) and 28th in points/game (10.0). Also, he is six assists shy of sliding into the sixth spot on the school’s career list. He moved past David Heiss into seventh place with six assists this past weekend. So far this season, Bryan has averaged 4.1 assists per game and if he keeps on that pace will slide into third on the school career charts.

Among his teammates this season, Bryan leads the club in steals (33), tied for first in assists (52), second in minutes/game (27.4), third in rebounding (3.8), fourth in scoring and three-pointers (24).

Bryan and the Beavers get ready to host league-leader Winona State (8-8, 7-0) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. while Concordia-St. Paul (2-14, 2-5) comes calling at the BSU Gymnasium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.