Big Rapids, Mich. - For the second consecutive season, Ferris State University junior forward/center Justin Keenan has claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) regular-season men's basketball scoring crown.
A consensus preaseason All-America honoree, Keenan averaged 21.1
points per game in 22 conference regular-season contests this
season and currently owns a 20.3 points per game average for all
league and non-league games this campaign. Additionally, his
465 points in league games finished only six shy of matching the
league's single-season scoring record of 471 points set by Saginaw
Valley State's Michael Williams in the 1993-94 season.
The 6-6 Keenan also broke two GLIAC single-season records with his 176 made free throws and 253 total attempts in league regular-season play this season while becoming the school's all-time leader in career made free throws (547) along with topping his own single-season record with 200 makes in all games to date at the charity stripe. He shattered the previous league records of 132 free throws made and 196 attempts that had been set by former Bulldog center Adam Anderson in the 2000-01 season.
Keenan has guided the Bulldogs to a second consecutive conference tournament berth after leading the league with 13 scoring games of 20 points or more to date this year. He claimed GLIAC North Division Player of the Week accolades four-straight weeks earlier this season and has reached double-figure scoring in all but one contest this campaign.
In addition to leading the league in scoring, Keenan also concluded the regular-season ranked first in offensive rebounds (3.1 pg.) along with third in field goal percentage (56.5%) and fifth in total rebounding (6.6 rpg.).
To date, Keenan has 1,534 career points and ranks ninth on the school's career scoring chart. He is only 10 shy of tying former guard Carlton Epps (1,544) for eighth place on FSU's career list.
Currently, his 200 free throws (200-292) this year has topped his own school single-season mark of 180 free throws recorded last season. He has shot 134 free throws more than any other GLIAC player this season for all games and made 88 more than any other league player. This year marks the third-straight year he’s led the league in both makes and attempts.
Overall, Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in 26 of 27 games this season and 77 of 82 career outings. He’s tallied 10 points or more in 54 of his last 56 contests, which included a personal career-high 35 points in a league home win over defending NCAA Division II National Champion Findlay in early February (Feb. 6) as the Bulldogs beat the Oilers for only the second time in the last 45 years.
Keenan and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs will visit fourth-seeded Saginaw Valley State on Tuesday (March 2) night for a GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal-round tilt at the Ryder Center in University Center, Mich. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. (EST).
FSU currently owns a 15-12 overall record this season and this season represents the eighth consecutive year in which the Bulldogs have won 10 or more games under current eighth-year head coach Bill Sall after doing so only twice in the seven seasons prior to his arrival.