Hanks Receives NSIC Award in Successive Weeks
Monday, January 19, 2004
Jan. 19, 2004

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. -- Leading the Bemidji State men’s basketball team to three wins this past week and an unblemished 7-0 league mark, senior forward Charles “Buster” Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week, announced by league offices today.

Buster has been honored in successive weeks for the first time in his career and eight times overall, tops among all active league players.

“ Buster would be the first to admit that without his teammates, he wouldn’t be able to score 30 points, period.” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “Also, it is a strong tribute of his teammates to recognize that he should get his touches - it is five guys working together to be successful.

“It is pretty impressive to have back-to-back 30 point games. You don’t get to see that every day here at Bemidji State.”

A 2003-04 NSIC Preseason Player of the Year, Hanks scored 31 and 30 points in consecutive games this past week against Wayne State and SW Minnesota State. He is the first Beaver to have 30 or more points in back-to-back contests since Kevin Nichols notched 35 against Winona State, Feb. 19, 1994 and had 36 the next game against Wisconsin-Parkside, Feb. 21, 1994.

Also, Busters’ 18-game streak of 10-plus points is the longest since Nichols posted double-digit point totals in all 26 games during the 1993-94 campaign.

In the three wins last week, Buster averaged 24.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 2.3 assists while shooting 55.8 percent from the field. In those efforts, he had his 12th career double-double with 12 points and season-high 12 rebounds against MSU-Moorhead, Tuesday. Then, he came away with 31 points against Wayne State and 30 points against SW Minnesota State in consecutive games for the first time in his career to lead the club in scoring. Versus the Mustangs, Hanks went a perfect eight-of-eight from the line.

Hanks leads the team with 20.0 points per game this season and has averaged 23.5 points in his last six games. Over the week, Hanks moved to 12th place on the NSIC Career Scoring List as he stands with 832 - he started the week in 18th place. Also, he needs just four more points to move into fourth-place on the BSU Career Scoring Charts as he sits with 1,357 points.

Hanks shared the award with Northern State’s Adam Grant, who tallied a career-high 32 points, including six-of-six from three-point range, in the 65-57 NSU win.

The Beavers are riding a 12-game winning streak against NSIC regular season opposition and have opened the NSIC slate 7-0 for the first time since the 1971-72 club went 8-0.

BSU, which stands first in the league standings by two games, visits Minnesota Duluth for an afternoon matinee, Saturday, Jan. 24. Tip-off is set for 3:00 p.m. at Romano Gymnasium. The Bulldogs, which won the NSIC tournament title last season, sit seventh in the conference with a 2-4 log.

Bemidji State NSIC Players of the Week in 2003-04
• Sherwin Johnson, Nov. 28
• Charles Hanks, Dec. 8 (Co-Player)
• Adam Daley, Jan. 5
• Charles Hanks, Jan. 12 (Co-Player)
• Charles Hanks, Jan. 19 (Co-Player)