League Winning Streak Sits At Four; Host Two More
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
Jan. 28, 2003

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Jan. 31 Southwest State*    7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 1    Wayne State (NE)*    7:30 p.m.
*NSIC contest played at BSU Gymnasium

THE SKINNY
The contest against Southwest State will feature two of the best three-point shooting teams in the country. Bemidji State stands second in NCAA Division II rankings (through Jan. 27) in three-pointers made per game (10.7). On the flip side, SSU is 10th with 9.4 trifectas per contest.

BSU is looking to extend its four-game winning streak, all in NSIC play. Currently, it sits fourth, one game back of Southwest State, Northern State and Winona State. All those three have a 7-2 league mark. Wayne State (NE) is tied for fifth with Minnesota-Duluth and MSU Moorhead at the moment. The month of January has been kind to the Beavers as they have gone 6-1 thus far. Bemidji State is 11-2 in regular season conference games at home under coach Guiot.

LOOKING BACK
**Bemidji State 108, Winona State 98 - Friday, Jan. 24 - Bemidji, Minn.
Fueled by the 25 points by junior guard Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) and 23 from senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah), BSU went on to defeat the remaining undefeated team in conference play, Winona State (8-9, 7-1 NSIC), 108-98 at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers went 20 of 37 (.541) from the field in the first frame to take a 56-42 advantage heading into the locker room. Winona State came back in the second half thanks to 54 percent shooting as it finished 34 of 67 (.507) for the game. BSU held a 38-29 advantage on the boards as both teams shot free throws well with BSU going 22-for-25 (.880) and WSU going 19-for-24 (.792). Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) tied a season-high with 19 points and junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) went five of 10 from the floor for 16 points.
**Bemidji State 94, Concordia-St. Paul 84 - Saturday, Jan. 25 - Bemidji, Minn.
A three-pointer by Daley thwarted Concordia-St. Paul’s (2-16, 2-7) comeback as Bemidji State went up by five at 1:28 left and hung on for a 94-84 win. The Beavers went on to hit seven of eight free throws in the game’s final stretch. BSU finished for the second straight night over 50 percent as it did just that by going 35 of 70. It was 12 of 31 from behind the arc to push its streak of 10+ three-pointers to seven straight games. C-SP went 28 of 58 (.483) from the floor overall as both teams did well from the charity stripe with the visitors going 13 of 14. BSU was 12 of 14 from that area. The Golden Bears tallied 24 turnovers to BSU’s 15. Hanks finished with a season-high 26 points as he added six rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with his 15 points for his first career double-double in the green and white. Daley hit for 12 points while senior guard Jeff Lorenson (Cannon Falls, Minn.) chipped in 11 points.

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (10-8, 6-3 NSIC)    Southwest State (11-7, 7-2 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #10 Jacob Fahl    6-1    Sr.
G    #11 Royce Bryan    6-0    Sr.    G    #13 Robert Steib    6-2    Sr.
F    #10 Adam Daley    6-6    Jr.    F    #23 Brian Wiersma    6-5    Sr.
F    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    F    #32 Jimmy Dekker    6-5    Sr.
F    #21 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #42 Elijah Starzl    6-7    So.
Wayne State (7-11, 5-4 NSIC)
G    #4 Justin Sammy    6-2    Sr.
G    #10 Dusty Smith    6-1    Fr.
F    #33 Tom Sherlock    6-9    Fr.
F    #35 Tim Gese    6-5    Jr.
F    #40 Todd Klosterman    6-6    Jr.

BEAVER NOTES
The Beavers have now dropped both of the league’s undefeated teams this season - MSU Moorhead and Winona State...With the 108 points on the night, BSU went over the century mark for the fourth time this season - the most in one campaign since it went five times during 1993-94...It was just the fourth time this season that Bemidji State has allowed an opponent to shoot over 50 percent...With 25 assists, the Beavers are 5-0 when hitting for at least 20 assists this season...With Hanks going for 25 and Johnson hitting 23 points, it was the first time two Beavers have scored 20+ in the same contest since Terrance Watkins (22) & Charles Hanks (20) did it vs. Valley City State, 12/21/01...Against Concordia-St. Paul, Johnson nearly missed a triple-double as he set a personal-best of eight assists...Hanks has gone for double-digits in points in the last nine games and hit for 20 or more in four of those contests - he has averaged 18.7 in that stretch...The Beavers are 12-5 when Hanks records 20 or more points in his career...The Beavers moved their record to a perfect 6-0 mark when dishing out more than 20 assists on the season as they had 21...In the last seven games and 10 of 11, BSU has forced its opponents into more turnovers...Bemidji State held its 14th opponent to shoot under 50 percent from the floor as C-SP went 28 of 58 (.483).

INJURY UPDATE
Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is lost for the season as he tore his ACL on the right knee before the UM-Duluth game (1/11/03). He has missed five games thus far. Also, senior center Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) sustained a stress fracture in his foot in the UM-Duluth game. The status for Wallin is day-to-day as he has sat out five games as well.

LOOKING AT THIS POINT LAST SEASON
Bemidji State has wrapped up the first half of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action with two wins on the weekend. After a 6-3 mark thus far, it was exactly at this spot last season. BSU won five of its first six league matches en route to the 6-3 mark. Then, the Beavers notched a 7-2 record for the final portion of the regular season slate. They went for seven straight wins at one point.

THE BEMIDJI BOMBERS
Bemidji State has averaged 30.2 three-point field attempts per game this season and is on pace to smash the school record of 694 set last season - if it stays on pace, it will total 814. The Beavers went for a school and league-record 46 attempts in the 116-71 win over UM-Morris on Friday. With those 46 attempts, BSU has now gone four games this season with 40 or more three-pointers launched - BSU hit for 43 vs. UM-Duluth (1/11/03), 42 vs. South Dakota State (11/30/02) and 40 vs. UM-Crookston (1/3/03) this season. Northern State shot up 39 tri-fectas a year ago, which was the old conference record.

In conference games only, BSU set a league record with 433 attempts last season. The Beavers are on pace to hit for 596 attempts in conference contests this year.

With shooting as many as they do, the Beavers have made some impressions for connecting on the long-range bomb. Against UM-Morris (1/17), BSU hit on 19 three’s, which tied the league mark and set a new school record. Against MSU-Moorhead (1/4/03) and Valley City State (11-22-02), the 14 three-point field goals tied a then-school record set on Feb. 15, 2002 against Northern State. In the conference, Bemidji State is on pace to connect on 208 three’s against NSIC opponents, which would break Southwest State’s mark of 163 set last season.

RECORDS BROKEN THIS SEASON
With the 25 steals against St. Scholastica (12-11-02), BSU set a new mark for thefts in a contest. The old mark was 20 against Northland College, Dec. 13, 1991. Also, Bemidji State was whistled for 33 fouls in the game against Wayne State (NE) (12-28-02), which set a school record. The old mark of 29 was done on three occasions with the last one being Jan. 25, 2002 against Southwest State.

On the season, the Beavers have averaged 18.3 assists a contest. They have notched 20 or more assists six times this season including a school-record 29 vs. Minnesota-Morris (1-17-03). The old school record for a single-game tally was 27 against Jamestown (2-17-92). If the Beavers stay on their assists pace through the end of the campaign, they will total 493. The school record is 447 assists set in the 1993-94 season.

IN THE COUNTRY
In the NCAA Division II statistical rankings through Jan. 26th, BSU is second for a single-game high with its 19 three-pointers vs. Minnesota-Morris (1/17/03). Also, the Beavers are second with 10.7 three-pointers made per game and eighth with 116 points scored vs. Minnesota-Morris. With topping the century mark four times this season - the most since the 1993-94 campaign when it went for five - BSU is 17th in the nation with 84.1 points per game.

Also, senior guard Royce Bryan is 17th in the nation with his average of 2.71 steals per contest.

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 is currently in its 11th 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 1992-93 season. Overall in the NSIC, Bemidji State is 54-94 (.365) and sports a 32-42 (.432) mark at home and a 22-52 (.297) record on the road. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, Bemidji State is 23-16 (.590) at the BSU Gymnasium as it tallied its best record ever in league play at 7-2 last season on its home court.

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 seven times in rebounding, which is the most on the club, and seven times in scoring. He is tops on the team in scoring (15.9 ppg), rebounding (6.4 rpg), field goal percentage (.523) and made field goals (123), fourth in steals (18) and fifth in assists (36). The Beavers are 12-5 when Hanks notches 20+ points in his career. Most recently in the wins over WSU and Concordia-SP, Hanks scored 51 points on 23 of 37 (.622) shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out five assists to earn his third career league player of the week honors.

ROYCE BRYAN NOTES:
It is safe to say that when the Beaver squad is running on all cylinders, senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is on the court. The 2002-03 team captain holds the school’s single game record with 11 assists against UM-Crookston (2/2/02) and the best mark for season assists (145). Bryan was tops on the team last season with 60 steals and led the league with 5.18 assists a contest, an .860 free throw percentage (80 of 93) and was fifth in steals per game with 2.14 last season. Bryan, who played one year each at Neosho County (Kan.) C.C. and South Plains (Texas) C.C. before his arrival at BSU, ranked 21st in NCAA Division II with a an 86.0% free throw clip and 32nd in assists per game in 2001-02. Overall, the Beavers were 11-5 when Bryan had 5+ assists.

In 2002-03, Bryan is first on the squad in assists per game (4.1) and had a career-high seven rebounds and two blocks in the game against Jamestown (11/23/02). Bryan is also adept at troubling the opposing guard with proof in his team-leading 38 steals, as he is tops in the league with 2.71 per game. Against UW-Superior (12/2/02) and St. Scholastica (12/11/02), Bryan tied a personal-best with five steals. Bryan has led or tied for the team lead in steals 10 times, including the last three contests. The 6-1 guard is third on the squad in rebounding (3.9 rpg) as well and fourth in scoring (10.5).

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 steals (31) total assists (63) and scoring (13.7), third in three-pointers (30) and three-point percentage (.366) and fourth in rebounding (3.2). Johnson is tops on the squad with 15 games of double-digit scoring efforts, including four performances of 20+ points. Johnson tallied his first double-double as a Beaver with 15 points-10 rebounds against Concordia-St. Paul (1/25) as he narrowly missed a triple-double with a career-high eight assists.

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 (.462 - 42/91) as that mark is second in the league and first in three-pointers (42). His 49 percent (64/130) mark from the floor is second on the team, 10.1 points per game is fifth and has tallied 10+ points in 11 games and eight of the last 11.

In leading the Beavers to wins over UM-Crookston and MSU-Moorhead the first weekend of January, Daley was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week. On the weekend, Daley was 10 of 15 (66.7 percent) from the field, including nine of 12 (75.0 percent) in three-pointers, two of two (100.0 percent) from the free throw line, grabbed six rebounds, totaled 31 points for an average of 15.5 points in the two NSIC wins. His five three-pointers on Saturday tied for the eight highest output this season in the conference while his percentage (83.3 percent) from long-range is tied for first.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
vs. Southwest State (11-7, 7-2 NSIC)
Head coach Greg Stemen (‘88 Valley City State, ND) is in his second season at Southwest State with an overall record of 32-15 (.681). Stemen led SSU to a 21- 8 mark last season, setting a record for wins by a first-year SSU head coach. He led the Mustangs to just their second 20-plus win season in school history, including finishing just one game out of the NSIC regular season title chase.

Jacob Fahl, who shared conference player of the week honors with Charles Hanks on Monday, leads all scorers with 17.9 points per game. That mark is good for third in the league as he has put up 20.9 in conference play - he went for 25 points in each of his team’s win over the weekend. Fahl also is the best free throw marksman in the conference with an 87 percent clip. Jared Keaveny is lethal from long-range (.417), which is first in the NSIC, and scores 10.2 per game. Brian Wiersma, who hits on 45 percent of his three-point attempts, is fourth-best in the league. The club’s top rebounder is Jon Peterreins with 5.6 per game.

The Mustangs have taken three straight in the NSIC, including wins at UM-Crookston and MSU Moorhead over this past weekend. They stand tops among their peers with a 78 percent mark from the charity stripe. Also, they shoot 41 percent from distance and hold their opponents to 70.5 points a contest, both are second in the league.
vs. Wayne State (7-11, 5-4 NSIC)
Head coach Rico Burkett (North Dakota, 1993) is in his third season as the Wildcats’ mentor. Last season, Burkett led the Wildcats to a 8-19 record and has a 30-45 (.400) career mark as a collegiate head coach. Burkett began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team in 1991.

Todd Klostermann is the Wildcats leading scorer averaging 16.2 points per game as that mark is tied for sixth in the conference. He also grabs 6.4 boards a game, which is fifth in the league. Dusty Smith is next with 8.4 points per contest as he is by far the club’s top three-point shooter with 34 on the season. Also, Smith is the team’s top assist (42) and steals (22) man. Brett Cain, who is sixth in the NSIC in blocks (13) swipes 4.2 rebounds off the glass.

After dropping five of their first six contests of the season, the Wildcats went 4-2 to open up league action. Since then, they have lost to Southwest State, MSU Moorhead before winning on UM-Crookston’s home floor, 79-64 on Saturday. WSC has struggled from the field as it goes 429 of 987 (.435), which is eighth in the league. Its defense has allowed opponents to shoot 47 percent overall as that is also eighth in the NSIC.

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. SSU 25-40 // WSC 7-17**
Against Southwest State, the Mustangs have swiped 15 of the last 16 in the series, including a stretch of 14 straight. Last season, BSU won 66-63, Dec. 8, 2001 to stop a six year drought. Earlier this season in December, SSU prevailed 73-59 in Marshall, Minn. as BSU dished out a season-low nine assists and shot 37 percent. Charles Hanks came off the bench to tie a season-high 22 points. Since 1973 at home, BSU is 15-15.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    43 (102-59, 1/19/73)
SSU Largest Margin of Victory:    36 (90-54, 2/23/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    117 (W, 117-75, 12/20/88)
SSU Highest Scoring Output:    104 (W, 104-91, 1/9/88)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    49 (W, 49-48, 2/2/83)
SSU Lowest Scoring Output:    48 (L, 49-48, 2/2/83)
Four of the last five meetings have gone in favor of the Wildcats including a 78-71 victory in December. Charles Hanks posted 15 points to lead four Beavers in double-figures. BSU was out-rebounded 44-28 in the contest. Bemidji State is 4-6 at the BSU Gymnasium since 1973.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    13 (71-58, 12/30/73)
WSC Largest Margin of Victory:    46 (99-53, 2/4/95)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    105 (W, 105-94, 1/8/94)
WSC Highest Scoring Output:    100 (W, 100-91 ot, 2/3/96)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    49 (L, 87-49, 3/1/97)
WSC Lowest Scoring Output:    58 (L, 71-58, 12/30/73)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

KEEP AN EYE OUT
Senior point guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is currently involved in the assists career record at BSU. He is five dimes shy of sliding into the fifth spot as he moved past Kevin Nichols this past weekend with eight assists to toal 202 in his career. So far this season, Bryan has averaged 4.1 assists per game and if he keeps on that pace will total 94 on the season and 239 for his career, which would be good enough for third on the school charts. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) was on his way to break into the top-ten in scoring and rebounding before his knee injury as he is 131 points from the tenth spot. Also, Caron needed just 27 rebounds to take over the tenth spot in in that category.
Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
1.    314    David Lee    1984-88
2.    247    Tony Brown    1987-91
3.    233    Teaser Sweeney    1989-93
4.    212    B.J. LaVelle    1996-99
5.    207    Brian Weierke    1987-91
6. 202    Royce Bryan    2001-SA

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE
Six players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Jan. 25): Stan Johnson is third in free throw percentage (.793 - 69/87), tied for sixth in steals/game (1.72), 10th in assists/game (3.50) and points/game (13.7), 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.366 - 30/82) and 20th in field goal percentage (.443 - 74/167); Charles Hanks is sixth in rebounds/game (6.4), eighth in points/game (15.9) and field goal percentage (.523 - 123/235), tied for eighth in blocks/game (0.61), tied for 23rd in steals/game (1.00) and tied for 28th in assists/game (2.00); Royce Bryan is first in steals/game (2.71), fourth in assists/game (4.07), 14th in three-point field goal percentage (.372 - 29/78) and tied for 22nd in points/game (10.5); Jeff Lorenson is ninth in assists/game (3.56), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.400 - 34/85) and tied for 15th in steals/game (1.17); Adam Daley is second in three-point field goal percentage (.462 - 34/85), 13th in field goal percentage (.492 - 64/130) and 29th in points/game (10.1); and Aaron Kallhoff is 27th in assists/game (2.06).

BSU IN THE CONFERENCE
Through Jan. 25th in all games played, BSU stands in the upper half of the 10-team conference in eight out of the 10 statistical categories: first in scoring offense (84.1), field goal percentage defense (.417 - 371/890), three-pointers per game (10.56), scoring margin (+8.8), field goal percentage defense (.427 - 433/1015) and three-pointers per game (10.72); third in field goal percentage (.468 - 545/1165); fourth in free throw percentage (.703 - 230/327) and win/loss percentage (.556); and tied for fifth in scoring defense (75.3).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Through 18 games in 2002-03, there have been three BSU players to record double-doubles: Ben Caron and Stan Johnson with one apiece 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
Stan Johnson (15 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Concordia-St. Paul, 1-25-03
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

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH JEFF GUIOT
(2nd Season at BSU - 27-19 (.589); 9th Season Overall - 181-89 (.673))
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.

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
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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. Helping Williams with the color duties is Kevin Drexel.
All three of these broadcasts are scheduled to be shown on a tape-delay basis as well.
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