The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's (GLIAC) leading scorer this year, Ferris State University sophomore forward/center Justin Keenan (Grand Rapids/Ottawa Hills), has been honored as this week's (Feb. 2) GLIAC North Division Player of the Week for his efforts in leading the Bulldogs' to a sweep in Michigan's Upper Peninsula this past week.
Keenan averaged 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in two outings for FSU to earn the honor for the second time this campaign. The 6-6 Keenan netted a double-double effort with a game-high 23 points and 10 boards in Thursday's (Jan. 29) 87-81 victory at Northern Michigan. He then tallied a game-best 26 points on 10-of-13 (.769) shooting to go with seven rebounds and two steals as the Bulldogs posted a 86-80 win Saturday (Jan. 31) at Michigan Tech.
Keenan, who was one of five players named to the Preseason All-GLIAC North Division squad in voting by the league’s member head coaches this year, made 16-of-23 (.696) field goal attempts and was 17-of-25 (.680) at the free throw stripe in the two games combined as FSU swept the two teams on the same road trip for only the second time in the last 20 years.
Presently, Keenan ranks as the league's leading scorer this season with a 20.9 points per game average. He's also ranked first in offensive rebounds (3.4 rpg.), fourth in field goal percentage (.578) along with fifth in rebounding (7.4 rpg.). Keenan’s 131 made free throws and 175 attempts (.749) for all games this year both top the league charts. He also shot the most free throws of all GLIAC players last season, hitting 167 of 212 (.788).
Keenan has reached double-figure scoring in all 19 games and has totaled 20 points or more in 11 outings this year, including a career-high 33 points versus Olivet (Nov. 25). Last season, Keenan was the Bulldogs' top scorer (15.9 ppg.) and rebounder (6.9 rpg.) as a freshman when he claimed team Most Valuable Player Award honors in his initial collegiate season. He tallied 26 double-figure scoring performances in 29 contests last season, including eight games with 20 points or more.
A year ago, Keenan ranked ninth in scoring along with 10th in rebounding among the GLIAC leaders. Additionally, he also placed ninth in the GLIAC in both field goal (.539) and free throw (.788) percentage while registering six double-double (points & rebounds) efforts.
Ferris State improved to 11-8 overall and 9-5 in GLIAC action with Saturday's triumph at Michigan Tech as the Bulldogs remain one game behind Lake Superior State and Grand Valley State atop the GLIAC North Division standings. Thursday's win over NMU also gave the Bulldogs their seventh-straight season with 10 or more victories under seventh-year head coach Bill Sall after the program had achieved the feat only twice in the seven years prior to his arrival in 2002.
The Bulldogs conclude their four-game league road swing with a pair of contests this week. FSU visits Hillsdale on Thursday, Feb. 5, with tipoff set for 8 p.m. (EST) inside HC's Jessie Phillips Arena at Hillsdale, Mich. The Bulldogs will then battle nationally number-one ranked Findlay on Saturday, Feb. 7, in a 3 p.m. (EST) league outing at Croy Gymnasium in Findlay, Ohio.
Both of this week's contests can be heard live locally on WBRN (1460 AM or 107.7 FM) with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties. B2 Networks will also provide a live audio/video pay-per-view webcast of both games. Visit www.ferris.edu/sports for more information.