Hanks Sets School Record With 44 Points On Saturday
Monday, March 3, 2003
Mar. 3, 2003

Minneapolis, Minn. - When Bemidji State (16-11, 12-6 NSIC) needed out a huge game out of junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.), he responded. His school-record 44 points and 16 field goals in the road victory at Winona State was a big reason for him being named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for Feb. 24th.

“ I did not expect him to score 44 points,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “But, it was nice to see him do that. He is getting his touches in the paint area and that is what we have to continue to do in order to be successful.”

In his career game on Saturday, the point total is tied for eighth in Division II for an individual scoring high and is the most points scored by any NSIC player since Northern State’s Ryan Miller dropped 45 at South Dakota State (March, 1998). He also grabbed five boards, had three blocks and was 11 of 17 (.647) from the foul line. In Friday’s 95-77 win at Concordia-St. Paul, Hanks went four of seven (.571) from the field, recording eight points, four rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in only 15 minutes of action.

For the weekend, he went 20 of 26 (.769) on field goal attempts, 11 of 17 (.647) from the charity stripe, hauled down nine rebounds (4.5 PG) and totaled four assists, four blocks (2.0) and 52 points (26.0). Along with Joe Hasz from UM-Crookston, Hanks becomes the only player in the league to receive three NSIC weekly awards in one campaign.

On the season, Hanks has led the squad 12 times in rebounding and 11 times in scoring. Overall, he is tops on the club in scoring (17.8), rebounding (6.7), field goal percentage (.548), total blocks (21) and made field goals (199), fourth in total steals (26) and fifth in total assists (46).

In conference games, he has stepped up his offensive output scoring 20.1 per game, which is second-best in the NSIC, and shooting 57.5 percent (146/254) from the field, which is fifth-best in the league. When Hanks is playing well so are the Beavers - he averages 19.2 points, shoots 62 percent overall, including 41 percent from behind the arc, and dishes out 1.9 assists per game in the BSU wins; in the 11 Beaver losses, Hanks averages 15.7 points, maintains a 45 percent clip from the field including a 30 percent mark from long-range and 1.5 assists per game. In his last 11 games, he has averaged 22.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game and has gone for at least 25 points in five games and recorded four double-doubles. In his BSU career, the Beavers are 16-6 when he records 20+ points.

“We cannot rely on one guy to win games for us,” said Guiot. “But, it is awfully nice to have Hanks playing at the level he is and I think he is a very important part of our offensive scheme.”

The Beavers get ready to host Winona State (11-16, 10-8 NSIC) for the second straight season in the opening round of the league tournament. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m., Wednesday from the BSU Gymnasium.

BSU NSIC Players of the Week In 2002-03
**Adam Daley (Dec. 30) - co-player
**Royce Bryan (Jan. 13)
**Charles Hanks (Jan. 20) - co-player
**Charles Hanks (Feb. 17) - co-player
**Charles Hanks (Feb. 24) - co-player