BURNSVILLE, Minn. – On what would have been his final weekend of collegiate basketball, senior Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athlete Derek Thompson went out with a bang. His career-weekend, including setting the program single-game scoring record, helped him earn the final Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Player of the Week honor of the 2020-21 season.
Thompson averaged 32.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game while shooting 68.4 percent from the field during a weekend sweep over the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Thompson’s highlight of the weekend came Saturday night during the team’s 109-85 win as he set the program’s single-game scoring record with 45 points on 17-of-24 shooting, including 5-of-6 from the 3-point line. His 45 points is the most in a game by a student-athlete in the NSIC this season and broke the previous BSU single-game record of 44 points set by Charles Hanks in 2003. The day prior, Thompson recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds during BSU’s 95-77 victory over UMC.
Thompson is the first Beaver Men’s Basketball student-athlete to earn NSIC North Division Player of the Week since fellow senior Nick Wagner in December of 2019.
Minnesota State University, Mankato sophomore guard Quincy Anderson was named the NSIC South Division Player of the Week.
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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).