BSU Drops Pair To Open Up Conference Season
Thursday, January 2, 2003
UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 3 UM-Crookston*    7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 4 MSU Moorhead*    7:30 p.m.
*NSIC contest

THE SKINNY
Since BSU joined the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference before the start of the 1993-94 season, it is 7-2 in league home openers. Last year, the Beavers won their first four NSIC contests in Bemidji and have taken their last two NSIC home openers at the BSU Gymnasium.

LOOKING BACK
Wayne State (NE) 78, Bemidji State 71 - Saturday, Dec. 28
At Wayne, Neb., Bemidji State shot 45.3 percent (24-for-53) from the floor compared to the 44.1 percent (26-for-59) clip on the part of Wayne State (3-7, 1-0), but lost in both team’s league opener. The Wildcats held a 44-28 advantage on the boards with 17 of those being offensive. With the scored tied at 62-62 with 4:20 left after the Beavers went on a 30-20 run out of the locker room, the Wildcats hit on 10 of 13 shots from the free throw line to pull out the win. Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) led four Beavers in double figures with 15 on five of nine shooting.

Southwest State 73, Bemidji State 59 - Sunday, Dec. 29
Despite a game-high 22 points from Hanks, BSU could not out-muster the guard combination of SSU’s Jared Keaveny (15 points) and Jacob Fahl (19 points) in the NSIC game in Marshall, Minn. The visitors held SSU to 38 percent (19-for-50) shooting from the floor but shot just 36.7 percent (22-for-60) themselves. In addition, the Beavers were a cold five-for-25 from three-point range and were out-scored by 17 points from the charity stripe. Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) added 15 points and two steals in the losing effort. Bemidji State pulled to within three at 48-45 at 7:14 of the second half, but SSU scored 25 of the game’s final 39 points.

ROYCE BRYAN INJURY
Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Texas) is expected to miss 2-4 more weeks with a hand injury according to head coach Jeff Guiot. He injured it in the South Dakota State (11/30) contest but yet played through the Michigan Tech (12/7) game. Diagnosis is that he has a staff infection of a joint in the hand.

Bryan was leading the league in assists per game (4.56) and steals per game (2.67) prior to his injury. Bryan has led or tied for the team lead in steals six times, including the last four contests. In consecutive games (UW-Superior/St. Scholastica), Bryan (continued on page two)

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (4-7, 0-2 NSIC)    UM-Crookston (1-7, 0-1 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #12 Lee Roberts    6-1    Fr.
G    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    G    #14 Justin Kelley    6-6    So.
C    #5 Ben Caron    6-9    Sr.    C    #54 Jon Smith    6-6    Fr.
F    #10 Adam Daley    6-6    Jr.    F    #42 Joe Hasz    6-2    Sr.
F    #24 Jason Bonde    6-4    Sr.    F    #44 Pat Pogl    6-7    Fr.

MSU Moorhead (8-1, 1-0 NSIC)
G    #21 Jared Bledsoe    6-2    Sr.
G    #22 Kyle Staloch    6-4    Sr.
F    #31 Chris Anderson    6-6    So.
F    #42 Marlon Samuel    6-5    Sr.
F    #44 Jake Kruse    6-7    Sr.

tied a personal-best with five steals. The 6-1 guard is third on the squad in rebounding (3.6 rpg) as well. Currently, he has 186 career assists, which is good for eighth on the school records. He needs just four more to slide into the seventh spot and has a shot to take over second-place this season as Tony Brown stands with 247.

BESSLER LEAVES TEAM
Junior forward Justin Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) has dismissed himself from the team over the holiday break. He plans to drop from school second semester and work at home.

Bessler appeared in nine games and averaged 15.7 minutes per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and totaled 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting. His rebounding effort was good for fourth on the squad. This was Bessler’s first season as a Beaver as he played two years at Hibbing Community College prior to his arrival at BSU. While at Hibbing, he was 14th in Division III National Junior Colleges Association of America in rebounds per contest as he averaged 10.7.

BEAVER NOTES
Jamal Clements and Jason Bonde got their first career starts over the weekend in the absence of senior guard Royce Bryan - Bryan is out 2-4 weeks with a staff infection in his hand...Charles Hanks poured in 37 points in the two games over the weekend on 15 of 27 shooting - he also added 10 rebounds, three steals and two blocks...Behind the arc, BSU shot just 10-for-46 (.217) in the two losses and was out-scored from the foul line, 28-52...Over the weekend, Bemidji State held both Wayne State and Southwest State to under 45.0 percent shooting from the floor including 38.0 percent by SSU - also, it shot better (45.3 percent) than Wayne State (44.1 percent)...BSU is now 0-2 in the conference for the first time since the 1998-99 season when it began 0-2 but went on to win three out of its next four...BSU is 4-2 when leading at the half but winless in five attempts when trailing...The Beavers are searching for their first win on a Saturday this season, they currently stand 0-4.

IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME
Last season, the Beavers may have opened a few eyes with their success on the basketball court. Bemidji State tallied the most conference wins in school history (13). In addition, the 17 overall wins was the most since the 1972-73 season (19) and the .607 winning percentage was the best mark since the 1973-74 season (.667) - a streak of 28 seasons. The campaign ended with BSU seeded third in the conference tournament and an appearance in the second round. The 2002-03 preseason polls showed BSU finishing second in the league, the highest pick in school history.

RECORD IN THE LEAGUE
BSU begins it 10th season in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Northern Sun Conference (women’s league) merged with the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (men’s league) before the start of the 1993-94 season. Overall in the NSIC, Bemidji State is 44-85 (.341) and sports a 25-39 (.391) mark at home and a 19-46 (.292) record on the road. In the past three seasons, BSU is 28-28 (.500) overall, 17-11 (.607) at the BSU Gymnasium and 12-17 (.414) on the road.

CHARLES HANKS NOTES:
Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) is back to improve on a break-out season from 2001-02. The South Plains (Texas) C.C. transfer was an All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-team pick and was selected as the 2001-02 NSIC Newcomer of the Year. Hanks ranked in the top 15 in the conference in several statistical categories: second in points/game (17.8), seventh in rebounds/game (6.2) and field goal % (51%); eighth in blocks/game (0.80) and 15th in steals/game (1.3). In addition, Hanks reached double figures for points in 25 of the 28 games including 11 times with 20+ points. Twice, Hanks was recognized as the conference player of the week. Overall, Bemidji State was 8-3 when Hanks went over the 20-point barrier last season. Due to his performance last campaign, the league coaches selected him as a 2002-03 Player to Watch in preseason voting.

This season, Hanks led the squad with 21 points on 10 of 18 shooting in the 82-78 loss to Jamestown (11/23). Hanks dished out a personal-best six assists in the same game. In the South Dakota State Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, Hanks was named to the all-tournament team for garnering 24 points and 13 rebounds in the two games. His 21 points and 15 rebounds against St. Scholastica (12/11) gave him his fifth career double-double. Before that, he tallied 19 points and 11 boards in the 81-72 win at Bethel (11/26). Hanks has led the squad five times in rebounding, which is the most on the club, and four times in scoring. He is tops on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg), rebounds (6.9 rpg) and made field goals (68) and second in total blocks (7).

STAN JOHNSON NOTES:
Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) came out on fire in his season-opening weekend as a Beaver. The Southern Utah University transfer scorched the Vikings from Valley City State (11/22) for a game-high 23 points. Johnson connected on four three-pointers and was five-of-six at the charity stripe. He added five assists and two steals in the winning effort. The next night, Johnson came away with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal against Jamestown. In his third game as a Beaver, Johnson set a career-best with 25 points, which is tied for the BSU single game high, on 8 of 16 shooting. Currently, Johnson is second on the club in scoring (14.0), made three-pointers (20) and assists (34) and tied for first in steals (24). Johnson is tops on the squad with 10 games of double-digit scoring efforts.

ADAM DALEY NOTES:
In his debut in the green and white, junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) was on top of his game. In the 73-64 BSU win against Valley City State (11/22), Daley connected on 6 of 15 field goals including three tri-fectas to net 17 points. The output was good for second on the team. He added five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Daley went for a team-high 14 points most recently vs. Michigan Tech (12/14) as he hit on four three-pointers. On the season, Daley is first on the club in three-point field goal percentage (.444 - 20/45) as that mark is good for sixth in the league. His .485 (33-68) mark from the floor is fourth on the team, his 8.4 points per game is tied for fourth and has tallied 10+ points in six games and four out of the last six.

BEN CARON NOTES:
After a sub-par performance in the season-opener, senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is zeroed in on dominating the post area. Against Augustana (11/29), Caron notched 18 points and 12 rebounds capping a three-game double-digit scoring streak. That effort was his second career double-double. Against UW-Superior (12/2), Caron recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Caron has gone for double-digits in points on eight occasions, including the four out of the last five games. “Big Ben” is currently second on the team in rebounding (5.5 rpg) and has led the team four times with a high in rebounds this season including his second 10+ rebounding effort with 10 boards against Southwest State (12/29). In addition, he is first on the team in blocks (10), second in field goal percentage (.615 - 48/78) and third with 10.7 points per game.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
vs. UM-Crookston (1-7, 0-1 NSIC)
Head coach Jeff Oseth starts his first year in guiding the men’s squad. Despite dropping their first six contests of the season, 2001-02 All-NSIC performer Joe Hasz leads four players in double figures as he nets 19.4 points per game, which is good for second in the conference. Jon Smith, who leads the club in rebounds with 7.3 per game, records 13.6 points per game with Bilal Hill (11.3 ppg) and Justin Kelley (12.1 ppg) to follow. Smith is the third-best rebounder in the league with his average and shoots 65.2 percent from the field, which is tops in the NSIC.

Most recently, the Golden Eagles dropped a 93-79 decision to MSU Moorhead on Sunday. UM-C plays very good defense as proof in holding its opponents to 42.4 percent from the field. That mark is tied with Bemidji State for the conference high. On the flip side, the Golden Eagles get out-scored by an average of 13.0 points per game and have a -1.4 turnover margin.

vs. MSU Moorhead (8-1, 1-0 NSIC)
Head coach Stu Engen, who enters his 13th collegiate season and first at MSU Moorhead, has a 204-108 overall record. MSU Moorhead got off to a hot start by taking its first seven affairs. One of those wins came against nationally ranked North Dakota Dec. 4 in a 80-66 victory. Part of that success can be attributed to free throws made with the Dragons holding a 179-79 advantage and rebounds as they enjoy a 39.3-29.9 per game margin. Thus far in the conference, MSU,M leads all 10 teams in scoring offense (81.6 ppg), scoring defense (70.0 ppg), scoring margin (+11.6) and rebounding margin (+9.4).

Jared Bledsoe gets over 20 points a game with an average of 21.2 as he leads all players in the NSIC. Bledsoe gets 2.56 steals per game, which is good for second in teh league. Marlon Samuel is the team’s top rebounder as he grabs 6.0 per game. Jake Kruse averages 13.8 points per game as Kyle Staloch is close behind with 11.1 per game. Staloch is the league’s second-best assists player as he averages 4.44 per game. Chris Anderson, who hits on 52.6 percent of his three-pointers, leads the league in that category.

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. UM-C 12-3 // vs. MSU, M 27-40**
The Beavers have won four of the last five against Crookston. The last game between the two saw BSU shoot 51.8 percent (29-of-56), including 10 for 26 from three-point land in the 71-62 win, Feb. 2, 2002.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    35 (91-56, 12/2/98)
UM-C Largest Margin of Victory:    19 (77-58, 1/27/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    95 (W, 95-82, 12/9/98)
UM-C Highest Scoring Output:    92 (L,94-92 ot, 12/29/01)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    62 (W, 62-48, 12/3/96)
UM-C Lowest Scoring Output:    48 (L, 62-48,12/3/96)

The series with the Dragons has been an evenly matched one with no team winning no more than two straight in the last 11 meetings. In that stretch, BSU is 7-4. On Feb. 1, 2002 in Bemidji, the hosts outscored MSU Moorhead 33-21 in the second half and hit on 11 more free throws than the visitors for the 71-59 win.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    30 (97-67, 1/29/87)
SSU Largest Margin of Victory:    38 (104-66, 2/9/80)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    113 (W, 113-109, 1/11/92)
SSU Highest Scoring Output:    110 (W,110-96, 2/26/94)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    42 (L, 57-42, 12/9/00)
SSU Lowest Scoring Output:    49, (L, 64-49, 12/11/99)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

KEEP AN EYE OUT
Two players are currently nipping at the doorstep for a few career records at BSU. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is back playing in the Beaver green after taking a three-year hiatus. Caron is 155 points from breaking into the top-ten career scoring list and needs just 37 rebounds to take over the tenth spot in rebounding. The best point total in a season for Caron was 341 in 1996-97 and Caron notched 130 rebounds as a junior. After taking over the top spot for season assists at BSU with 145, senior point guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is four dimes shy of sliding into the seventh spot and 14 away from sixth-place for career assists.

Top Career Scoring Totals
1.    2,034    David Lee    1984-88
..........
10.    1,158    Dale Harper    1983-87
1,003    Ben Caron    1996-99, 2002-SA
Top Career Rebounding Totals
1.    694    Steve Vogel    1975-78
.........
10.    454    David Lee    1984-88
417    Ben Caron    1996-99, 2002-SA

Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
1.    314    David Lee    1984-88
.........
6.    200    Kevin Nichols    1991-92, ‘93-94
7.    190    David Heiss    1983-85
8. 186    Royce Bryan    2001-SA
9.    183    David Muelken    1984-88
10.    176    Steve South    1991-95

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE
Seven players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Dec. 31): Stan Johnson is fourth in steals/game (2.18) and free throw percentage (.769 - 40/52), 12th in points/game (14.0), tied for 13th in assists/game (3.09), 18th in three-point field goal percentage (.391 - 18/46) and 19th in field goal percentage (.440 - 48/109); Charles Hanks is tied for sixth in blocks/game (0.64), seventh in rebounds/game (6.9), 10th in field goal percentage (.500 - 68/136), 11th in points/game (14.1), tied for 20th in three-point field goal percentage (.387 - .12/31), tied for 21st in steals/game (1.09) and tied for 28th in assists/game (1.91); Ben Caron is second in field goal percentage (.615 - 48/78), tied for third in blocks/game (0.91), 13th in rebounds/game (5.5), 26th in points/game (10.7) and tied for 30th in steals/game (0.91); Royce Bryan is first in assists/game (4.56) and steals/game (2.67); Jeff Lorenson is tied for 16th in assists/game (2.82), tied for 24th in three-point field goal percentage (.364 - 16/44) and tied for 25th in steals/game (1.00); Adam Daley is sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.444 - 20/45) and Chris Wallin is tied for 13th in blocks/game (0.50).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Through 11 games in 2002-03, there have been two BSU players to record double-doubles: Ben Caron with one and Charles Hanks with two. Below is a listing of their career double-doubles (italics indicating 2002-03):

Ben Caron (18 points-12 rebounds)    vs. Augustana, 11-29-02
Ben Caron (18 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Southwest State, 2-28-97
Charles Hanks (21 points-15 rebounds)    vs. St. Scholastica, 12-11-02
Charles Hanks (19 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Bethel, 11-26-02
Charles Hanks (16 points-12 rebounds)    vs. MSU Moorhead, 2-1-02
Charles Hanks (25 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Wayne State (NE), 12-7-01
Charles Hanks (16 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Mayville State, 11-16-01

BSU IN THE CONFERENCE
Through Dec. 31 in all games played, BSU stands in the upper half of the 10-team conference in six out of the 10 statistical categories: tied for first in field goal percentage defense (.424 - 257/606), third in three pointers made per game (9.00) and field goal percentage (.454 - 315/694), fourth in scoring offense (77.8 ppg) and scoring defense (74.5 ppg) and tied for fourth in scoring margin (+3.3).

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH JEFF GUIOT
(2nd Season at BSU - 21-18 (.538); 9th Season Overall - 175-88 (.665))
One season is all head coach Jeff Guiot needed to put a successful product on the basketball court. In his inaugural year at BSU last season, Guiot guided the Beavers to their most conference wins in school history (13). In addition, the 17 overall wins is the most since the 1972-73 season (19) and the .607 winning percentage is the best mark since the 1973-74 season (.667) - a streak of 28 seasons. The campaign ended with BSU seeded third in the conference tournament and an appearance in the second round.

The Chanute, Kan., product was previously the assistant coach at Southern Utah University in 2000-01. Prior to joining the Southern Utah coaching staff in the fall of 2000, Guiot had served as the head coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS. In his seven years at Neosho, his teams compiled a 164-60 record, won four conference championships and made seven consecutive playoff appearances.

His records at NCCC include highest winning percentage (73 percent), most consecutive 20-win seasons (five), most wins at the school, and most post-season wins. Twice named Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, Guiot coached three All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans at the school, which was the 2000 NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year.

Guiot received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg (KS) State University, where he was an All-American and all-conference player as he led the nation in free throw percentage in 1986.
Helping Guiot on the bench is seventh-year assistant Doug Peters, first-year graduate assistant John Szwaja and first-year student assistant Fred Swanson.

A GLIMPSE AT THE CAMPAIGN
Coach Guiot understands the Beavers will have a tough road immediately with the first five contests away from the BSU Gymnasium.

" Our first five games are on the road and we have a veteran ball club so we wanted to test ourselves early," said Guiot. "Hopefully our schedule is set up to get us prepared for conference play."

To add difficulty to the situation, the fifth game against South Dakota State (Nov. 30) will deal with the third best team as ranked in the NABC/Division II Bulletin National Preseason Rankings as it won the rugged North Central Conference a season ago.

Two of the first four home games after the five-game road stint will be against opponents that each recorded 20+ wins last campaign. St. Cloud State (Dec. 5) finished the season 20-6 and fifth in the North Central Region while Michigan Tech (Dec. 14), at 27-3 and 11th in the preseason national polls, lost in the second round of the Great Lakes Regional last season. From that point, BSU has the task of facing the top three teams in the NSIC (UM-Duluth, Northern State, Southwest State) from a year ago on the road before they come to Bemidji.

" We wanted to go out and play nationally-ranked caliber teams because that is what one day where we would like to be," said Guiot. "Looking at the conference, UM-Duluth is going to be the favorite I would say. They have got the MVP of the tournament last year and they signed some good kids. Also, I think Moorhead is going to be up there. They are vastly improved and they have almost all their guys back and they finished fifth in the conference. And Concordia-SP has really gotten better. So from top to bottom, the league is going to be much stronger this year, no doubt about that. It ought to be very exciting for the fans to watch because anything can happen on any given night.”

BEAVERS GET RESPECT IN PRESEASON POLLS
According to the 2002-03 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, the BSU men’s basketball squad is picked to finish second (74) in the league, 16 points behind Minnesota-Duluth. UMD will look to repeat as it tied with Northern State for last year’s regular season crown. NSU is close behind Bemidji State with 73 points with MSU Moorhead (66) and Southwest State (61) rounding out the top-five. SSU received one first-place vote behind the nine slots that UMD received.

In 2001-02, the Bulldogs managed to win the NSIC tournament and advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball North Central Regional Tournament, losing to eventual national champion Metro State (CO). NSU gained a berth to the NSIC tournament semifinals after tying for the top spot in the NSIC. MSU Moorhead finished fifth and had its first winning season (17-10, 11-7) in seven seasons. The Mustangs from SSU finished tied for second last season and participated in the 2001 NCAA Elite 8.

The Beavers face the daunting challenge of traveling to the top-three league teams from a season ago (UM-Duluth, Northern State, Southwest State) in the first half of the conference schedule. Last season, BSU lost by three points (84-81) at SSU, Jan. 25. From that juncture, the Beavers reeled off seven NSIC wins including road victories over UM-Duluth (61-57), Feb. 9 and Northern State (79-76), Feb. 15.

HOME TICKETS
All tickets for BSU home events can be purchased at the gate or by calling 218-755-2045. Ticket prices are as follows: $5 general admission, $2 senior citizens/non-BSU students, $1 under-12 and BSU students with valid ID are free.

MEDIA COVERAGE - KKBJ 1360 AM
Voice of the Beavers Shaun Michaels returns for his fourth year behind the mic as Bemidji State continues its broadcast agreement with R.P. Broadcasting of Bemidji. Michaels, who also hosts the morning show on Real Country 98.3, provides the Beavers with one of the most enthusiastic young radio voices in college athletics today. Brian Bisonette provides expert analysis and color commentary.

KKBJ is scheduled to provide live coverage of select Beaver men’s basketball games and also will have broadcasts available for any potential post-season contests. Mark your calenders for three contests to be aired on KKBJ: Jan. 3 vs. UM-Crookston and Jan. 4 vs. MSU Moorhead. Both contests begin at 7:30 p.m.

Additionally, these game broadcasts will be streamed live over the Internet via KKBJ’s web site. Broadcasts are available to Windows, Macintosh and UNIX computer users and are distributed in RealAudio format (requires RealOne player, available as a free download at http://www.real.com).

For more information or to listen to the Internet audio broadcasts, point your web browser to: http://www.kkbj.com/sports.html

Internet listeners should be aware that server limitations allow only 120 concurrent listeners to BSU’s audio broadcasts. Internet audio broadcasts do not begin until approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the pre-game show.

TELEVISION COVERAGE - KBSU TV
Fans will have an opportunity to watch live television broadcasts of select Beaver men’s basketball games for the 2002-03 season. Three more games in the season are slated to be broadcast: Jan. 3, 4 & Feb. 15 with all games beginning at 7:30 p.m. Join Scott Williams as he handles the play-by-play duties for exciting Beaver basketball.

All three of these broadcasts are scheduled to be shown on a tape-delay basis as well.
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