SMSU MEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU senior Ryan Bruggeman named to CCA all-Central Region first team

ST. PAUL – Southwest Minnesota State University senior men’s basketball standout Ryan Bruggeman was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association (CCA) All-Central Region first team announced on Friday.

The CCA All-Region first and second teams were voted upon by the region’s sports information directors, which consists of schools from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), the Great American Conference and the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

Bruggeman will now be listed on the D2CCA men’s basketball All-America ballot, which will be voted on by the CoSIDA Division II membership with the announcement of those All-American teams expected on March 26.

A 6-foot guard and native of Pelican Rapids, Bruggeman had a brilliant senior season leading SMSU to 18 victories and advancing to the championship game of the NSIC Tournament.

Bruggeman, who was named first team All-NSIC for the third straight season, averaged a school record 26.6 points per game with a school single-season record 851 points in 32 games. He shot 50.5 percent from the field with a school record 308 field goals made and also set a school record with 190 free throws made. He also led the team in assists (178) and steals (73).

Bruggeman scored 30 or more points 12 times this season, including scoring a school record 49 versus Minnesota Crookston on Feb. 1.

In 22 conference games this season, Bruggeman ranked first in the league in scoring (27.0), first in steals (2.2), second in field goals made (217), fourth in free throw pct. (92.0) and fourth in assists (5.1). He was the first SMSU player to lead the conference in scoring since Terence Williams in 1990-91, while his 27 ppg scoring average was the highest in the league since the 1996-97 season.

Bruggeman concluded his career holding numerous program career records, including points (2,246), field goals made (774), field goals attempted (1,574), free throws made (575), free throws attempted (669), free throw percentage (85.9), assists (688), steals (229) and tied for games played (128).

Bruggeman, who was named second team All-CCA last season, started every game in his career and helped SMSU to a combined 71 victories the last three seasons. In the last three seasons, SMSU won two NSIC South Division championships, made two NCAA Tournament appearances, won an NSIC Tournament championship and played in three NSIC Tournament championship games.

Southwest Minnesota State finished the 2018-19 season with an 18-14 overall record.

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