GLIAC Weekly Award Goes To Justin Keenan
Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University senior forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills) has been tabbed as this week's Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) North Division Player of the Week after tying the league's all-time career scoring record last weekend.
This week's selection marks the fourth time Keenan has received the same recognition this year and the 10th time he's picked up the award in his collegiate career.
Keenan proved he ranks among the top players in conference history as he tied the GLIAC's all-time career scoring record on Saturday (Feb. 19) at Jim Wink Arena. The 6-7 All-American tallied a game-high 19 points in FSU's 84-66 upset over nationally third-ranked Findlay as the Bulldogs clinched the outright GLIAC North Division Championship. He matched former Grand Valley State standout John Flynn atop the league's all-time scoring chart with 1,531 career points in league play. Keenan now needs only a single point in this Saturday's (Feb. 26) regular-season finale against archrival GVSU at Wink Arena to hold the league's all-time scoring record on his own.
Keenan, who also had nine rebounds versus Findlay, led the Bulldogs with 22 points and seven rebounds on Thursday (Feb. 17) in a 78-66 league win over Wayne State. In the two games, Keenan totaled 41 points, 16 rebounds, five assists and two steals while averaging 20.5 points, eight rebounds and 2.5 assists per contest. He shot 58% or better from the floor in both games, including making seven-of-11 (.636) tries against Findlay.
His play on Saturday helped the Bulldogs win their first conference championship since claiming back-to-back crowns in 2003-04 and 2004-05. It also gave FSU the inside track towards potentially hosting the GLIAC Tournament Semifinals/Finals on March 5-6. Ferris has won 12-straight games to date and 14 of their last 15 overall. The Bulldogs also secured a GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal-round home game on Wednesday, March 2, by virtue of their win over Findlay.
A returning consensus NCAA Division II All-American, Keenan was tabbed as the Division II Bulletin Preseason National Player of the Year for the 2010-11 campaign. 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.
Overall, Keenan has reached double figure scoring 103 times in his 109-game career. He ranks as the school's second-leading all-time scorer with 2,114 career points to date and presently leads the GLIAC in both scoring and rebounding this campaign.
FSU's 20 victories to date this year are the program's most since reaching the NCAA Division II Sweet Sixteen with a 24-7 mark in 2004-05 and the Bulldogs' 16 league wins are now tied for the most in school history along with the perfect 16-0 GLIAC record recorded in 1988-89.
Ferris State will host Grand Valley State in the regular-season finale Saturday (Feb. 26) at Wink Arena. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. (ET) and a special "1,000 Wins Celebration" is planned to commemorate the program's 1,000th victory earlier this month. All former players have been invited back to celebrate the occassion.