January 18, 2011

Justin Keenan Claims League Weekly Award

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Big Rapids, Mich. - For the second time this campaign, Ferris State University men's basketball senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) has claimed the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week honor, according to an announcement made today (Jan. 18) by the league office.

Keenan picked up the conference recognition after scoring a game-high 33 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the Bulldogs' 94-85 GLIAC road win at Northwood this past Saturday (Jan. 15) in Midland. 

The 6-7 Keenan moved into third place on the school's all-time scoring list and scored 19 second-half points against the Timberwolves in his 100th career game.  He made 11-of-18 (.611) field goal attempts and hit 11-of-14 free throws in the win as FSU moved within a game of divisional leader Grand Valley State.  It marked the third time in his career Keenan's scored 33 points or more and was only two shy of matching his personal career-high. 

Presently, Keenan leads the conference in scoring (21.7 ppg.) and rebounding (9.1 rpg.) this campaign.  The 2010-11 Division II Bulletin Preseason National Player of the Year is also first in defensive boards (6.1 pg.), third in offensive caroms (3.0 pg.), third in minutes played (32.9 pg.) and ninth in field goal percentage (.555).

Saturday's win at Northwood marked the 95th time Keenan's reached double-figure scoring in 100 outings, including the 73rd time in his last 75 contests. Keenan presently has scored 1,916 career points and needs only 46 more to catch Jesse Mangham (1,962) for second place.  Former standout Dennis Johnson (1969-73) is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,312 points. Keenan also ranks fifth on the FSU career rebounding list with 737 career boards to date and is 13 away from catching Ted Bee (1973-77) for fourth place.

Last year, Keenan was honored as a 2009-10 State Farm® Coaches' All-America First Team selection, becoming the first-ever All-America pick at the Division II level in Ferris State men's basketball history.  He was also the first Bulldog player in 36 years to claim All-America accolades and joined four previous players to achieve the distinction in Ferris men's hoops history. Keenan was also chosen by the Grand Rapids Press as its West Michigan Small College Player of the Year for the 2009-10 campaign and honored as FSU's male recipient of the Dean Davenport "Bulldog of the Year" Award.

Keenan was honored as the winner of the prestigious GLIAC Player of the Year Award for the 2009-10 season, becoming the first Bulldog men's basketball player in 20 years to attain the recognition. He was only the fifth player in school history to be tabbed as the league's top seasonal performer and the first since David Tuck in 1990.

A two-time first team All-GLIAC recipient, Keenan averaged a league-leading 21.1 points per game in 22 conference regular-season contests last season and held a 20.1 points per game average for all games last campaign.  Additionally, his 465 points in league games finished only six shy of matching the league's single-season scoring record of 471 points.

Keenan previously was honored as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week earlier this year on Nov. 23 and won the award four consecutive weeks from Jan. 19-Feb. 8 during the 2009-10 season.

The Bulldogs currently own an 11-5 overall record and are 7-2 in GLIAC play heading into this Thursday's (Jan. 20) conference home game against third place Michigan Tech.  Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. (ET) at Jim Wink Arena.  FSU then hosts Northern Michigan on Saturday (Jan. 22) in a 1 p.m. (ET) league home outing. 

Ferris State is unbeaten (7-0) at home this year heading into this week's action.

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