Chase caps off basketball career at BSU

The Nevis graduate averaged 7.8 points a game in 16 starts for the Beavers this season.

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Griffin Chase concluded his senior season at Bemidji State University by averaging 7.8 points a game in 16 games as a starting guard. Photo courtesy Bemidji State University athletics

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.


1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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