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Bemidji State senior Lance Rongstad attempts to drive around Wayne State’s Adol Aluong during their NSIC first-round playoff game last week at the BSU Gymnasium. Rongtstad, along with teammate Dermaine Crockrell, was named to the all-NSIC second team. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEAVERS ROUNDUP: Rongstad, Crockrell earn NSIC hoops honors; Ward WCHA rookie of the week

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BEAVERS ROUNDUP: Rongstad, Crockrell earn NSIC hoops honors; Ward WCHA rookie of the week
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BEMIDJI – Senior guards Dermaine Crockrell and Lance Rongstand of the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team have been named to the All-NSIC second team.

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Both student-athletes are first-time All-NSIC picks. Last season Crockrell was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year.

Crockrell leads BSU and is 13th in the conference in scoring with 14.6 points per game. He also is the team leader and 13th in the league in assists with 3.1 per contest.

Crockrell has scored in double figures in all but two games in 2012-13, which includes five contests with at least 20 points. He posted a career-high 29 points in an 82-74 upset victory of then-No. 5 Minnesota State on the road Feb. 8.

Crockrell ranks fourth in the league with 34.2 minutes per game and 10th in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.28 mark. He has pulled down rebounds at a 3.7 per game clip to rank fourth on the team, while his 32 steals this season is third on the squad.

In just two seasons, Crockrell scored 665 points to average 13.6 points per game. He has 87 career assists and a 1.3 assist/turnover ratio.

Rongstad is third on the team and 23rd in the league, averaging 12.3 points per game. He is second on the team in rebounding with 4.4 boards per game, while the 33 steals is also second-best. He has played 29.2 minutes per game (17th in the NSIC) and owns a team-best 86.3 free throw percentage that sits seventh in the NSIC and 36th nationally.

The senior has scored in double-figures in 17 contests, which includes a run of eight games where he at least tied for the team lead in scoring. He has scored more than 20 points on five occasions.

He scored 24 points in the Jan. 18 game at Winona State and in the process eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career to become the 16th member of the men’s basketball program to accomplish the feat.

Rongstad ranks 11th all-time in scoring at Bemidji State with 1,195 career points.

The NSIC Player of the Year was Winona State’s Clayton Vette. NSIC Defensive and Newcomer of the Year awards went to Jarvis Williams of the NSIC regular season champion Minnesota State. Augustana’s Daniel Jansen was named NSIC Freshman of the Year and Southwest Minnesota State head coach Brad Bigler was honored as NSIC Coach of the Year.

The Beavers are 17-11 overall, riding a five-game winning streak and have won eight of their last 10 heading into Friday’s NSIC tournament semifinal game against Upper Iowa (20-10). The game will be played at 2:30 p.m. in Taylor Arena in Rochester.

Ward Rookie of the Week

BSU forward Cory Ward has been named the WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Ward had a hand in three of BSU’s four goals during last weekend’s series at UND.

The freshman scored his sixth goal of the season and recorded the first multi-point night of his collegiate career in the series opener.

In Saturday’s rematch Ward added his sixth assist of the season.

Bemidji State, 6-18-7 overall and 5-14-6 in WCHA play, returns to the Sanford Center Friday and Saturday to host No. 2 Minnesota in the final series of the 2012-13 regular season. The two-game set will get underway at 7:37 p.m. Friday.

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