Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here's what happened last week:
- Bemidji State junior guard Brock Lutes averaged 36.5 points per game and shot 64.3 percent from the field to garner NSIC men's basketball player of the week honors. He also shot 61.1 percent from 3-point range and went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe.
The 6-foot-four Lutes fell one point shy of tying the BSU school record for points in a game when he torched University of Mary for 43 on Saturday. He made 17 of 24 shots to tie the program record for field goals made and went 8-for-11 from 3-point land to fall one triple shy of tying the BSU record.
The 17 field goals made is an NSIC-best this season, while the eight 3-pointers ranks tied for first. The 43 points stands as the best individual performance in the NSIC this season and ranks tied for fifth in the nation as of Thursday. On Friday, Lutes recorded his league-leading fourth game with 30 or more points when he posted 30 points on 10-for-18 shooting in a win over Minot State.
- Concordia-St. Paul junior Anika Whiting had another huge weekend on the offensive end as she averaged 25.0 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a pair of wins over Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State. She hit 61.3 percent (19-31) of her shots from the floor and buried 92.3 percent (12-13) of her free throws. On Friday, the 6-2 forward put up a career-high 31 points on 12-of-17 shooting. This marks the third time this season Whiting has been named NSIC Player of the Week.
- Southwest Minnesota State 165-pounder Kyle Begin went 2-0 in the Mustangs' pair of NSIC duals against No. 4 St. Cloud State and Northern State. The sophomore picked up bonus-point wins in each of his victories this past week, including a 12-0 major decision over No. 7 Gabe Fogarty (St. Cloud State) and a pin at 4:55 over Northern State's Blake Lundgren. The pin was Begin's 12th of the season and improved him to 23-6 overall.
-Daily News Staff