Bowen , Ellisor, Crockrell, Tesdahl receive NSIC honors
Bemidji State senior forward James Ellisor was named NSIC Player of the Year Thursday, junior guard Dermaine Crockrell was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year and head coach Matt Bowen was honored as the NSIC Coach of the Year.
In addition, senior guard Bryce Tesdahl was recognized as a First Team All-NSIC member.
The awards mark the second time in program history Bemidji State earned all three honors in the same season (2003-04). Ellisor is the first Beaver to be named the conference's player of the year since Charles Hanks in 2003-04. Crockrell is the first newcomer award winner since Duane Fields (2004-05) and Bowen is just the second BSU coach to win coach of the year outright (Jeff Guiot, 2003-04) and the third in program history (Co-NIC Coach of the Year, Dave Hutchins, 1971-72 ).
Ellisor was named Second Team All-NSIC last season while Tesdahl is making his first appearance on the all-conference team.
Ellisor was a four-time NSIC Player of the Week and led the league in scoring with 22.9 points per conference contest. His 504 total points in league play established a new conference record for points in a season while his 182 field goals made also placed his name atop the NSIC single-season list. He scored 30 points on five occasions, including the final three games of the regular season, to help guide the Beavers to their first NSIC regular-season champion-ship since 2003-04.
Ellisor posted a career-high 34 points on three dif-ferent occasions to tie for the league's top single-game performance in the 22-game NSIC schedule. The senior led the NSIC in 3-point percentage with a 57.8 percent clip and ranked in the top 10 in minutes per game, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and rebounds per game.
In two seasons at Bemidji State Ellisor has amassed 1,093 career points to become the 15th player at BSU to reach the 1,000 point plateau.
Crockrell was an impact player the moment he stepped onto the court for BSU this season with his quickness, offensive produc-tion and defensive ability. He posted four 20-point performances and finished the conference season second on the team and 23rd in the NSIC in scoring with 12.7 points per game. He added 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 31.9 minutes per game. He shot 52.1 percent from the field to rank 15th in the league and posted a 44.0 percent clip from beyond the arc that ranked ninth in the conference.
Bowen has guided BSU to its winningest season in the 90-year history of the program (22-7). Pegged seventh in the NSIC preseason coaches' poll, the Beavers finished conference play 16-6 to win an outright NSIC title. BSU earned the No. 1 seed in the NSIC tournament and the right to host a first round playoff game for the first time in Bowen's six seasons at Bemidji State. The Beavers received votes in the national poll for the first time in program history and earned their highest-ever regional ranking this season (fourth). Bowen ranks tied for fourth in seasons coached and fifth in victories at BSU (64).
Tesdahl finished the conference season with an NSIC-record 144 assists to surpass the previous mark by six. He averaged 6.5 assists per game in conference play to lead the league, while also posting a 3.0 assist/turnover ratio that was first in the NSIC. He tallied a career-high and league-best 12 assists twice and 10 assists once for three of the five 10-plus assist games recorded in conference play in 2011-12.
The top-seeded Beavers (22-7) are in Saturday's NSIC tournament semifinals in Rochester and will battle No. 4 seed Minnesota State Moorhead at 2:30 p.m. at Taylor Arena.
Lee second team
Morgan Lee was named to the second team of the women's All-NSIC team Thurs-day.
One of just four under-classmen on the first or second teams, Lee guided the Beavers in conference play with 13.4 points per game that ranked 12th in the NSIC. Lee hit 55 shots from 3-point range, a figure that was second in the lead.
The Beavers finished their season with a record of 9-18 overall and an NSIC record of 7-15.