Bell-Holter caps college career [Basketball]

March 27, 2013
Damen Bell-Holter

Hydaburg’s Damen Bell-Holter pumped in 19 points in his final game with Oral Roberts University in an 83-74 loss to Weber State in Utah in the quarterfinals of the Postseason Tournament.

The 6-foot-10 senior sank 7-of-8 shots from the floor, including his fifth 3-pointer of the season. He added 4-of-6 free throws, eight rebounds and a blocked shot in 30 minutes.

Bell-Holter was plagued by foul trouble most of the night, limiting his productivity and denying him a shot at bagging his 15th double-double in points and rebounds.

“A tough game to lose but they were a good team and we can’t make mistakes late against a good team,” he told me.”

Bell-Holter had a career-best season this year in points [15.5] and rebounds [9.4] and was real close in blocked shots [47] and FG% [.504].

The former Alaska all-state player is fifth on the Oral Roberts career rebounding list at 878 and fourth in career blocked shots with 139.

Bell-Holter’s 878 rebounds is the most by an Alaska player at the NCAA Division I level.

Oral Roberts averaged 21 wins in Bell-Holter’s career, but the Golden Eagles never qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

“It went by really fast and I’m sad I didn’t make it to the big dance, but it was a great experience and not many people can say they came from a small village in Alaska and played Division I basketball,” Bell-Holter said. “Now it’s time to start preparing to play professionally wherever that might be.”

Bell-Holter is one of just six Alaska men to score 1,300 career points at the D1 level.

Most Career Points
1974 Trajan Langdon Duke
1607 Chris Devine Santa Barbara
1506 Carlos Boozer Duke
1389 Damen Bell-Holter Oral Roberts
1341 Mario Chalmers Kansas
1337 Andre Laws San Diego

Bell-Holter is No. 1 in career rebounds among Alaskans at the D1 level.

Most Career Rebounds
878 Damen Bell-Holter Oral Roberts
724 Carlos Boozer Duke
723 Chris Devine Santa Barbara
609 Nick Billings Binghamton
554 Jumoke Horton St. Mary’s