Northland basketball honor

DUNBAR, Wis. – Josh Conover’s blazing week of basketball has resulted in an award from the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association.

The junior guard from Northland International University has been named NCCAA Division 2 men’s basketball player of the week.

Conover averaged 22 points per game, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. He shot 53 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point (9-18) and 88 percent from the free throw line (15-17).

Conover led the Pioneers to wins over NCAA Division 3 Finlandia University, NCCAA region foe Maranatha and defending national champion Grace Bible College.

Against Grace Bible, with the number one seed in the Midwest region on the line, Conover was 7 for 12 from the field, 4 for 6 from three-point, 4 for 4 from the free throw line, had 6 rebounds, 22 pts, 4 assists and 3 steals.

Each student-athlete has been nominated by his or her respective coach and exemplifies the Christian ideals held by the NCCAA.

Northland International University (17-8), unbeaten during the regular season in regional play, received a first-round bye in this week’s regional tournament at Grace Bible. NIU will play the winner of Maranatha Baptist Bible College and Great Lakes Christian College on Friday night at 5 p.m. (Central time). The championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.