College Sports

Lindenwood’s Anderson named to NAIA All-America third team

For the second straight year, Lindenwood-Belleville senior guard Craig Anderson has been named to the NAIA All-America third team.

Anderson is one of five players to be a repeat selection on the All-America team. He also is the first male athlete from Lindenwood-Belleville to twice be an All-America pick.

Anderson finished the 2014-15 campaign averaging 20 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. He also led the Lynx in assists with 107. Anderson finished the year scoring in double figures in 31 of 32 games. He scored at least 20 points in 16 games, including three games of at least 30 points.

Anderson collected a career high 37 points during a Nov. 8 game against Bethel. He was named American Midwest Conference Player of the Week twice during the recent season.

Anderson led the AMC in points per game and total scoring with 641 points. He also ranked third in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent and fifth in assists per game at 3.3. At the national level Anderson ranked in the top 15 in two categories. He ranked eighth in total scoring and No. 11 in points per game.

Anderson became only the second player in Lynx history to score 1,000 points in a career, after he finished with 33 points against RMU-Peoria. For his career, Anderson totaled 1,286 points and averaged 20.7 points per game, becoming just the second player from Lindenwood-Belleville top 1,000 points.

He made 414 field goals and 381 free throws. Anderson finished with 303 rebounds and 212 assists. He finishes his career ranked first in Lynx history in free throws made, free throws attempted, and steals. He also ranks second in total points.

For his accomplishments during the 2013-14 season, Anderson was named USCAA First Team All -American, A.I.I. Newcomer of the Year, and A.I.I. First Team All-Conference. He ended the 2013-14 season scoring at least 20 points in eight of his last nine games.

After a 22-8 regular season, Anderson led the Lynx to the program’s first appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.

The Lynx were the first athletic program at Lindenwood-Belleville to reach an NAIA National Tournament.

One of just five players in the nation to receive back-to-back All-American honors, Anderson was one of just six players from the AMC to be recognized as an NAIA All-American.

Freed-Hardeman and Columbia College each had two players recognized, while Williams Baptist had one.