Bruggeman ‘Player of Week’

Pelican Rapids graduate Ryan Bruggeman, in action for Southwest Minnesota State University earlier this season.

Ryan Bruggeman (G, 6-0, 177, So., Pelican Rapids, Minn.  Pelican Rapids HS) Southwest Minnesota State

– Averaged 26 points, five rebounds, three assists and 2.5 steals in two road wins

– Shot 57 percent (16-of-28), including 4-of-8 from 3-point range and making 16-of-22 free throws

– Scored a career-high 27 points with a career-high seven rebounds in an 85-73 win at Augie

– The win at Augie handed the Vikings their first home loss in 39 games

– Scored a game-high 25 points in SMSU’s 85-73 win at Wayne State

– Leads the team with 52 assists and leads the team in scoring at 13.8 ppg

– Is shooting 80 percent from the free throw line this season and also has a team-high 20 steals

– For his career, ranks fourth in team history in assists per game (4.3), eighth in free throw pct. (.813) and ninth in steals per game (1.7)

Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore guard Ryan Bruggeman was honored recently as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division Player of the Week.

Pelican Rapids graduate Ryan Bruggeman, in action for Southwest Minnesota State University earlier this season.

Bruggeman, a 6-foot, 177-pound native of Pelican Rapids, Minn., averaged 26 points on 57 percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals in road victories over Augustana University (78-76) and Wayne State College (85-73).

Bruggeman scored a career-high 27 points with a career-high seven rebounds in SMSU’s win over Augustana on Dec. 30. He made 10 of 16 field goals, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range and also made 6 of 7 free throws.

Bruggeman followed up with a game-high 25 points with five steals, four assists and three rebounds in the Mustangs’ 85-73 victory over WSC on Dec. 31. He made 6 of 12 field goals and was 3 of 6 from 3-point range.

He leads SMSU in scoring (13.8), assists (52) and steals (20) this season, while shooting 48 percent (59 of 124) from the field and 80 percent (49 of 61) from the free throw line. He has scored in double figures in 11 of 13 games this season. Bruggeman ranks sixth in the NSIC in steals, 11th in assists and 14th in scoring.

Bruggeman is a 2014 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School.