January 24, 2011

Second-Straight GLIAC Award For FSU's Keenan

Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University men's basketball senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) proved yet again why he is regarded as one of the top players in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) by earning the league's North Division Player of the Week honor for the second-straight time on Monday (Jan. 24).

Keenan had another impressive week as he averaged 29.5 points and 10 rebounds to help the Bulldogs sweep Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan at Jim Wink Arena.  This week's selection marks the third time Keenan has received the same recognition this year and the ninth time he's picked up the award in his collegiate career.

The 6-7 Keenan moved into second place on the school's career scoring list with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds in FSU's 70-63 triumph over NMU on Saturday (Jan. 22).  He previously tallied a contest-best 28 points and 10 boards on Thursday (Jan. 20) as FSU topped Michigan Tech 70-60.  Keenan also totaled five steals and two blocked shots in the two outings combined while making 17-of-25 (68%) field goal attempts and 25-of-35 (71.4%) free throws on the week.

With the two wins, FSU remained unbeaten (9-0) at home and within one game of divisional leader Grand Valley State heading into the "131 Showdown" this Saturday (Jan. 29) night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.

Presently, Keenan continues to lead the conference in scoring (22.6 ppg.) and rebounding (9.2 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 (3.2 pg.), third in minutes played (33.0 pg.) and ninth in field goal percentage (.569).

Saturday's triumph against Northern Michigan represented the 97th time Keenan's reached double-figure scoring in 102 outings, including the 75th time in his last 77 contests and the 36th consecutive game. Keenan presently has scored 1,975 career points and moved past Jesse Mangham (1,962) into second place on Saturday.  Former standout Dennis Johnson (1969-73) is the school's all-time scoring leader with 2,312 points.

Keenan also moved into fourth place on the FSU career rebounding list Saturday and presently has 757 career boards to date.  He is six shy of tying Art Tetzlaff (1967-71) for third place honors.

Currently, Keenan has scored 28 points or more in four of his last five outings to date this year, including the last three contests in a row.  He's also notched a double-double in each of the last three games along with four of the last five, giving him a career-high nine such efforts this season and 22 in his career.

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.

Prior to last week, 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 a 13-5 overall record and are 9-2 in the GLIAC this year.  FSU squares off against GVSU with a share of first place in the GLIAC North Division on the line this Saturday (Jan. 29) in the "131 Showdown" presented by Amway at Van Andel Arena.  The men's game will tipoff after the women's game at 8 p.m. (ET) and tickets can be purchased online by visiting www.131showdown.com.

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