BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference honored Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) Monday in a league announcement, as he was named NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The award is the second in the month of December for the Beavers. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) was named player of the week Dec. 9.
Schalow recorded a career-high 30 points on an efficient 10-of-13 (76.9%) shooting from the field, a 7-of-8 (87.5%) effort from 3-point land and a perfect 3-for-3 performance from the free throw line in the 103-61 home victory against University of Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20. The seven 3-pointers and the 87.5 percentage from long range each are the best single-game performances in NSIC only contests this season. Schalow added three assists, three rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes of play versus the Golden Eagles. He had six of his seven 3-pointers in the first half (6-of-7).
In conference games only this season, Schalow ranks second in 3-pointers made (16 – 2.7 per game), fourth in 3-point percentage (61.5%), seventh in free throw percentage (90.5%), 11th in field goal percentage (56.1%) and 17th in scoring (13.5 ppg).
The last time Bemidji State had two different student-athletes earn NSIC Player of the Week in a season was 2011-12 when James Ellisor (four times) and Dermaine Crockrell earned the recognition. Since the 2008-09 season, five players have totaled eight weekly awards from the conference.
The Beavers (7-3, 4-2 NSIC) begin the New Year hosting Winona State University (11-2, 6-0 NSIC) and Upper Iowa University (4-8, 2-4 NSIC) Jan. 3-4. BSU is 5-3 against Winona State since 2009-10, which includes a 74-72 upset of the then-No. 21 Warriors in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament Quarterfinals last season. After defeating WSU, BSU headed to Rochester, Minn. and downed Upper Iowa 64-61 to advance to the tournament championship for the first time in program history.
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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).