Nevis’ Griffin Chase started all 16 games during an abbreviated schedule for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team this season.
The senior guard averaged 7.8 points a game as the Beavers went 6-8 for fifth place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and 7-9 overall. Chase made 44 of 101 field goals (including 25 of 66 3-pointers) and 11 of 11 free throws in scoring 124 points while averaging 31.9 minutes a game. Chase also had 59 rebounds, 18 assists, 10 steals and five blocked shots.
Chase scored in double figures in seven games with a high of 17 points to go along with seven rebounds in BSU’s 76-70 loss to the University of Mary on Jan. 22. Chase scored 12 points and tied a season high with three assists in a 100-63 loss to Northern State on Jan. 9 and tallied 11 points four times: in a 91-82 loss to Minot State on Jan. 29, in a 96-77 win over Minnesota Duluth on Feb. 12, in a 90-77 loss to Duluth on Feb. 13 and in a 95-77 wn over Crookston on Feb. 19. Chase also hit double digits with 10 points in an 87-67 win over St. Cloud State on Feb. 6. Chase grabbed a season high eight rebounds against Duluth on Feb. 13. Chase also earned NSIC All-Academic Team honors.
Northern State led the NSIC North Division standings with a 13-1 record. Minnesota State University Moorhead was second with a 9-1 mark while Minot State (6-4) and St. Cloud State (6-6) followed. Rounding out the NSIC North standings were Duluth (5-7), Mary (4-10) and Minnesota Crookston (1-13).
During his four-year career for the Beavers, Chase shot 43.8% from the field (149 for 340, including going 69 for 191 on 3-pointers) and made 39 of 47 free throws for 406 points in 82 games (43 as a starter) for a career average of 5.0 points per game. Chase also had 202 rebounds, 111 assists, 32 steals and 16 blocked shots.