Men’s basketball returns to No. 2 nationally in free throw percentage
Monday, February 21, 2011
Men’s basketball returns to No. 2 nationally in free throw percentage
BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State men’s basketball team returned to No. 2 nationally in free throw percentage according to the latest NCAA National Statistics Summary for Division II (games thru Feb. 20) after being slated No. 3 last week. The Beavers shot 80.0 percent (28-of-35) from the charity stripe in games against Southwest Minnesota State University and No. 14 Minnesota State University, Mankato. The BSU women’s basketball team also made a move to No. 21 in the free throw rankings, increasing three spots.

The Beaver men (9-15, 6-14 NSIC) are shooting 79.8 percent from the charity stripe this season. Five hundred student-athletes are nationally ranked in the individual category of free throw percentage and BSU has four players in the top 200. Sophomore Lance Rongstad (F, Eleva, Wis.) leads the team and ranks 11th in the nation, shooting 90.0 percent (90-of-100). Rongstad was 6-for-6 on the weekend to maintain his high percentage that leads the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The women (6-18, 3-17 NSIC) are currently 75.9 percent from the line after shooting 83.3 (40-of-48) percent against Southwest Minnesota State and Minnesota State. BSU was 18-of-22 from the line in the win against SMSU Friday. The squad made 22 free throws the next night to record its second most free throws made in a conference game this season. No BSU women’s basketball player has enough makes (2.5 per game) to earn a spot among the top individual free throw shooters in the nation. Freshman Morgan Lee (G, Hayward, Minn.) went 11-for-12 on the weekend and leads the team shooting at a 84.8 percent (39-of-46) clip.

Leading the country on the men’s side is University of Findlay (Ohio) with an 80.5 percent mark from the charity stripe. Ashland University (Ohio) leads the country on the women’s side with a 78.6 free throw percentage.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will close the book on the 2010-11 season Feb. 25-26 at Upper Iowa University and Winona State University, respectfully. The women’s game against the Peacocks starts at 6 p.m. with the men to follow. At WSU the women are scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m. with the men to follow.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).