Big Rapids, Mich. - For the third consecutive week, Ferris State
University junior forward/center Justin Keenan has
been tabbed as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
(GLIAC) Men's Basketball North Division Player of the Week as
announced Monday (Feb. 1) by the league office.
The consensus NCAA Division II Preseason All-America honoree continued his impressive play by averaging 26 points and eight rebounds in two games last week as the Bulldogs increased their winning streak to six consecutive games by beating Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech in Jim Wink Arena.
Keenan tallied 26 points in both outings and added nine rebounds versus the Wildcats along with seven against the Huskies. He shot better than 55% from the floor in both outings by going 14-of-25 overall in the two games combined along with a 24-of-27 peformance at the free throw stripe. Additonally, he added five steals in the two contests. Keenan has poured in exactly 26 points in three of his last five games to date for FSU.
This week's selection follows the same recognition each of the
last two weeks for Keenan and represents the fifth time in his
career he's received the GLIAC weekly award.
Following this past week's effort, Keenan now leads the league in scoring (19.2 ppg.) and ranks third in offensive rebounds (2.8 pg.), third in field goal percentage (.556), fifth in total rebounding (6.6 rpg.) and tied for 10th in steals (1.4 spg.). Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 18 of 19 games this season along with 69 of 74 career outings. The 2009-10 Preseson All-GLIAC selection has tallied 10 points or more in 46 of his last 48 contests.
Keenan led the GLIAC in scoring (20.2 ppg.) while ranking second in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg.), fourth in rebounding (7.3 rpg.) and fourth in field goal percentage (.546) in 2008-09. He also made and attempted more free throws (180-237) than any other player in the league last season for the second-straight year. Keenan reached double-figure scoring in 24 of his 25 games and totaled 20 points or more in 14 outings a year ago, including a career-high 33 points versus Olivet (Nov. 25), en route to earning team MVP honors for the second-straight year.
In 74 career contests to date, Keenan has recorded 1,350 points and 517 rebounds while starting 71 career games. His 481 made free throws (481-642) currently ranks fourth on the school's career leaders list.
This year, Keenan was named a NCAA Division II Preseason All-America selection by three different sources, including being tabbed to the Division II Bulletin “Super 16” Preseason squad. He also claimed acclaim from both The Sporting News and Basketball Times. Keenan was honored last season as a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II All-Midwest District Second Team pick along with a Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team and All-GLIAC North Division First Team selection. He became the 26th player in school history to notch his 1,000th career point in this year's season opener at Lewis (Nov. 15).
The Bulldog men's basketball team will put its six-game winning streak on the line by hosting the Hillsdale Chargers in GLIAC play on Thursday (Feb. 4) evening inside Wink Arena starting at 8 p.m. (EST). FSU then faces defending NCAA Division II National Champion Findlay on Saturday (Feb. 6) in a 3 p.m. (EST) league home encounter.
Both of this week's games can be heard live locally on WBRN 1460 AM & 107.7 FM or a live audio/video pay-per-view webcast will also be provided by B2 Networks for both games along with live internet statistics. Visit www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com for all available links.