Tech’s Bock named NAIA’s top player

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Montana Tech men’s basketball player Bryan Bock was named the NAIA National Division I Men’s Basketball Player of the Week.

The national award was announced today.

Montana Tech played in one competition this past weekend in Dickinson, North Dakota. The Orediggers defeated Dickinson State 80-71.

Bock is a 6-foot-3 junior shooting guard from Rialto, California. He finished with a career-high 40 points against Dickinson. He shot 71.4-percent from the field in the game. From long range, Bock hit 7 of 9,which was also a career-high in 3-point makes. He also had four rebounds, five assists and three steals in the game.

On the season, Bock leads the Orediggers with 74 assists and 37 made 3-pointers. He is second on the team with a 13.3 points per game average.

Bock’s point total was the most by a Montana Tech player in more than 10 years. The award is the first for men’s basketball in more than 10 years as well. The last Tech student-athlete to receive the national award was Montana Tech women’s player Kelsey DeWit in 2011.

Bock dedicated the game to his high school coach Steve Johnson. Johnson and Bock won a California Division II High School Championship together. On Jan. 21, Johnson was shot in an attempted robbery in San Bernardino, Calif.. He drove himself to the police department and from there was taken to a local hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Montana Tech is at home against MSU-Northern and Lewis-Clark State College this weekend.