BSU Rides Three-Game Win Streak Into Final Weekend
Tuesday, February 25, 2003

UPCOMING GAMES
Friday, Feb. 28 @ Concordia-St. Paul*    7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 1 @ Winona State*    7:30 p.m.
*NSIC contests

THE SKINNY
After a weekend sweep of league leader Northern State and UM-Morris, Bemidji State (14-11, 10-6 NSIC) looks to keep alive its hope of hosting the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament, Wednesday, March 5th. It is tied with Winona State (11-14, 10-6 NSIC), which BSU squares off with on Saturday, Wayne State (NE) and UM-Duluth. Southwest State leads all four teams by one game with a 11-5 league mark. BSU lost the season series to both SSU and WSC and split with UM-Duluth. The first meeting against the Warriors went in favor of BSU in late January. Meanwhile, Concordia-St. Paul (4-21, 4-12 NSIC) is eighth in the NSIC but only one game ahead of UM-Crookston for the final playoff spot.

LOOKING BACK
**Bemidji State 69, Northern State 68 - Friday, Feb. 21 - Bemidji, Minn.
BSU trailed but once after a jumper by Northern State’s (16-8, 13-3 NSIC) Jarod Obering with 1:39 remaining, but junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) hit the game-winner with :09 seconds left and sent the Beavers to a 69-68 upset over league-leader NSU. Junior forward Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) hit a school milestone as he broke the season three-pointers mark set by Tony Brown (57) during the 1989-90 season. With four on the night, Daley stands at 59 as he also broke the attempts mark as he stands at 130 - one over the 129 by Sean O’Hare done a season ago. BSU finished 26 of 56 (.464) from the field while NSU was just 22 of 54 (.407) but held a 18-five advantage from the charity stripe. The Beavers doubled up the Wolves (12 to 6) from behind the arc. Also, BSU held a 6-3 advantage in steals to push its streak to 13 games of having more than its opponents. The Wolves had only nine turnovers, a season-low for a BSU opponent. Daley was the only other Beaver in double-figures with 14 points as he also corralled a personal-best eight rebounds.
**Bemidji State 118, Minnesota-Morris 70 - Saturday, Feb. 22 - Bemidji, Minn.
In the final regular season game at the BSU Gymnasium, the Beavers rode the play of six seniors as five of them scored in double-figures in the 118-70 romp over Minnesota-Morris (2-24, 0-17 NSIC). Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) led the way with 18 points as seven Beavers had 10 or more points. BSU cooled off in the second half (50 percent) but finished at 58 percent (42 of 73) while UM-Morris was held to 34 percent (26 of 77). BSU grabbed a season-high 51 boards. Several BSU performers set personal-bests in scoring: freshman guard Jamal Clements (Parkhill, Colo.) with 17, senior guard Jason Bonde (Rochester, Minn.) with 14 and freshman forward Kevin Hill (Chicago, Ill.) with nine points in 16 minutes. Clements added a career-high eight rebounds to tie for game-high honors.

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (14-11, 10-6 NSIC) Concordia-St. Paul (4-21, 4-12 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #00 David Albo    6-5    So.
G    #11 Royce Bryan    6-0    Sr.    G    #20 Dan Torrez    6-3    So.
F    #10 Adam Daley    6-6    Jr.    G    #53 Brian Jamros    6-4    So.
F    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    F    #44 Ray Dawson    6-8    Jr.
F    #21 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #21 Justin Vandenberg    6-7    So.
Winona State (11-14, 10-6 NSIC)
G    #11 Zach Malvik    6-2    Fr.
G    #21 Justin Redetzke    6-1    Jr.
G    #25 Chad Barfnecht    6-5    So.
F    #4 Eric Doster    6-6    Jr.
F    #41 Jeff O’Donnell    6-6    Jr.

BEAVER NOTES
With the win against Northern State, BSU swept the season series - the last time it did that was during the 1993-94 season...The Beavers improved to 15-6 when Charles Hanks hits for 20 or more points in his career as he had a game-high 23 on Friday...The five made free throws by BSU was the least since it had four against Augustana, Nov. 29, 2002...Since coach Guiot’s arrival, the Beavers are undefeated (4-0) against UM-Morris and have won by an average of 35 points...A school record 30 assists were dished out in the game - BSU broke its old record of 29 set against UM-Morris (1/17/03)...The Beavers have hit 10 or more three’s in 16 games this season...The 118 points is second-most in school history behind the 126 against Northland (WI), Jan. 10, 1991...Holding UM-M to 34 percent shooting, BSU moves to 7-1 when its opponent is under 40 percent this season...Both Jeff Lorenson and Adam Daley stand at 133 three-point attempts on the year, which is a school record - the old one was set by Sean O’Hare last season with 129...Daley set the new school three-pointer mark with 60 on the year...With seven assists on the weekend, Royce Bryan is five away from third-place on the school’s career list as he totals 228...BSU moved to 14-4 at home in regular season conference games under coach Guiot...With 51 assists on the weekend, BSU set a new mark for most in a season (477) - the old one of 447 was established during the 1993-94 campaign.

BEMIDJI STATE HEAD COACH JEFF GUIOT
(2nd Season at BSU - 31-22 (.585); 9th Season Overall - 185-92 (.668))
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.

In his second season at Bemidji State, Guiot has compiled a .585 winning percentage. He is on pace to have the second best mark among his colleagues in his first two seasons since 1950. From 1958-60, Jack Vinje went 28-16 (.636) as the BSU head coach. Also, the Beavers are 14-4 at home in regular season conference games under Guiot.

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.

INJURY UPDATE
Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) will not be able to play for the remainder of the season. He tore his ACL in practice prior to the UM-Duluth (1/11/03) contest. Caron was the team’s leading field goal shooter and shot-blocker, second leading-rebounder and third-leading scorer prior to his injury.

THE BEMIDJI BOMBERS
Bemidji State has averaged 30.5 three-point field attempts per game this season and has already smashed the school record of 694 set last season with 763 current attempts. The Beavers went for a school and league-record 46 attempts in the 116-71 win over UM-Morris (1/17/03). BSU has now gone five games this season with 40 or more three-pointers launched after it attempted 40 against UM-Morris (2/22/03). Northern State shot up 39 tri-fectas a year ago, which was the old conference record.

In conference games only, BSU has broken its league record of 433 attempts last season as it stands at 518. With shooting as many as they do, the Beavers have made some impressions for connecting on the long-range bomb. Against UM-Morris (1/17/03), BSU hit on 19 three’s, which tied the league mark and set a new school record. Against UM-Crookston (2/7/03) and UM-Morris (2/22/03), the Beavers connected on 17 trifectas, second-most on the season. In the conference, Bemidji State sits at 188 three’s against NSIC opponents, which broke Southwest State’s mark of 163 set last season.

Displaying their marksmanship from three-point range, the Beavers have gone 170 straight games with at least one three-point basket. The last time BSU went without a trifecta was against Wayne State (NE), Feb. 1, 1997. BSU has hit on four three-pointers or more in the last 56 contests, including five+ in all 25 games in 2002-03. Individually, junior guard Adam Daley has hit from long-range in the last 14 games.

RECORDS BROKEN THIS SEASON
There have been a total of 15 records broken by the Beavers, which include school and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference marks. The following lists the new record in the left column with the old in the right column:
Individual (BSU):
Season    Adam Daley - 3-Point FG’s, 60    Tony Brown, 57 (1989-90)
Adam Daley - 3-Point FG Atts., 133    Sean O’Hare, 129 (2001-02)
Jeff Lorenson - 3-Point FG Atts., 133    Sean O’Hare, 129 (2001-02)
Team (BSU):
Game    3-Point FG’s, 19 vs. UM-Morris (1/17/03)    14 vs. Northern St. (2/15/02)
3-Point FG Atts., 46 vs. UM-M (1/17/03)    33, done twice
Assists, 30 vs. UM-Morris (2/22/03)    27 vs. Jamestown (2/17/92)
Steals, 25 vs. St. Schol. (12/11/02)    20 vs. Northland (12/13/91)
Fouls, 33 vs. Wayne State (NE) (12/28/02)    29, done 3 times
Season    3-Point FG’s, 277    245 (2001-02)
3-Point FG Atts., 763    694 (2001-02)
Assists, 477    447 (1993-94)
Team (NSIC):
Game    3-Point FG’s, 19 vs. UM-Morris (1/17/03)*    19, SSU vs. UMM (2001-02)
3-Point FG Atts., 46 vs. UMM (1/17/03)    39, NSU vs. UMM (2001-02)
Season    3-Point FG’s, 188    163, SSU (2001-02)
3-Point FG Atts., 518    433, BSU (2001-02)
*Tied the NSIC record
Note: NSIC records are only stats from regular-season conference games.

On the season, the Beavers have averaged 19.1 assists a contest. They have notched 20 or more assists 10 times this season including a school-record 30 vs. Minnesota-Morris (2/22/03). The last four games has seen the Beavers go over 20 assists and in 17 of the 25 contests, BSU has had more than its opponent.

IN THE COUNTRY
In the NCAA Division II statistical rankings through Feb. 23rd, BSU leads the country in three-pointers per contest with 11.1. This is the third week that it has been at that ranking. Also, it is third for a single-game high with 19 three-pointers against UM-Morris (1/17/03), tied for ninth with 17 three’s against UM-Morris (2/22/03), tied for ninth with 118 against the Cougars (2/22/03) and 13th with 116 points scored vs. Minnesota-Morris (1/17/03). Most recently against UM-Crookston (2/8/03), BSU hit on 17 trifectas, which is tied for eighth for a single-game high. BSU displayed its long-range accuracy against UW-Superior (12/2/02) as it went 65 percent (13 of 20), good for sixth in Division II. With topping the century mark five times this season - the most since the 1993-94 campaign when it went for five - BSU is 15th in the country with 85.1 points per game.

Also, senior guard Royce Bryan is 14th in the nation with an average of 2.7 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 58-97 (.374) and sports a 35-44 (.443) mark at home and a 23-53 (.303) record on the road. Since the start of the 1998-99 season, Bemidji State is 26-18 (.591) 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. League coaches have selected Hanks a “Player to Watch” in 2002-03.

This season in the South Dakota State Tournament (11/29-11/30/03), Hanks was named to the all-tournament team for garnering 24 points and 13 rebounds in the two games. Hanks has led the squad 12 times in rebounding and 10 times in scoring. He is tops on the team in scoring (17.1), rebounding (6.9), field goal percentage (.531), total blocks (17) and made field goals (179), fourth in total steals (25) and fifth in total assists (42). The Beavers are 15-6 when Hanks notches 20+ points in his career.

In the wins over WSU (1/24/03) and Concordia-St. Paul (1/25/03), 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. For the week of Feb. 17th, Hanks was 15-of-26 (.577) from the field, 2-of-4 (.500) from behind the three-point arc and 3-of-5 (.600) from the foul line while recording 35 points (17.5 PG), five rebounds (2.5), one block and two steals in the wins against league-leader Northern State and UM-Morris. He was chosen as co-player of the week for those efforts.

In conference games, he has stepped up his offensive output scoring 19.4 per game, which is third-best in the NSIC, and shooting 55.3 percent (126/228) from the field. When Hanks is playing well so are the Beavers - he averages 18.2 points, shoots 60 percent overall including 41 percent from behind the arc and dishes out 1.9 assists per game in the BSU wins. In the 11 Beaver losses, Hanks averages 15.7 points, maintains a 45 percent clip from the field including a 30 percent mark from long-range and 1.5 assists per game. In his last seven games, he has averaged 20.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game and has gone for at least 25 points and 10 rebounds in four of those contests. He went for his ninth career double-double with 27 points and 11 caroms against UM-Duluth (2/15/03) to cap a five-game stint in which he went for four in that stretch. The Chicago, Ill., native currently is riding a 16-game double-digit scoring streak and has gone over the 20-point barrier 10 times this season.

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) established a year ago. Currently, he sits fourth with 228 career assists as he is five away from the third-spot.

In 2002-03, Bryan is second on the squad in assists per game (3.95) 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 as shown in his team-leading 57 total steals, as he is second in the league with 2.71 per game. That steals mark puts him tied for ninth in the nation as well. Against Southwest State (1/31/03), Bryan set a personal-best with six steals as he has gone 14 games with the team steals lead or tying for it. At one point, Bryan went five games in leading the team in steals. Also, the 6-1 guard is second on the squad in rebounding (3.5), tied for second in minutes per game (27.6); fourth in scoring (9.4) and fifth in three-pointers (37). In conference games, he has hit for an 10.1 points per game average. The rim seems to be unkind to Bryan on the road as he shoots 47 percent from the charity stripe and 41 percent (30/74) from the floor compared to 77 percent from the foul line and 44 percent from the field at home. Also, Bryan nabs 3.36 steals a contest and has a 1.88/1 assist-to-turnover ratio at home compared to 1.1/1 ratio and 2.11 steals per contest on the road. Earlier this season, Bryan hit on at least one three-pointer in a 13-game stretch.

In just his second and third games back from a hand injury that kept him out of four games, Bryan went for 35 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals in the weekend sweep of UM-Morris and Northern State (1/17-1/18/03). His efforts gave him his first career player of the week honors in the league.
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. 228    Royce Bryan    2001-SA

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 (11/22/02) 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 (11/23/02). In his third game as a Beaver, Johnson set a career-best with 25 points on 8 of 16 shooting. Currently, Johnson is first on the club in minutes per game (30.8) and total assists (95), second in total steals (40), three-point percentage (.390) and scoring (13.4), third in three-pointers (41) and rebounding (3.4). Johnson has recorded 20 games of double-digit scoring efforts, including three performances of 20+ points. Johnson tallied his first double-double as a Beaver with 15 points and 10 rebounds against Concordia-St. Paul (1/25/03) as he narrowly missed a triple-double with a career-high eight assists. The 6-1 guard has shot the ball well from the charity stripe (.782), which is good for fourth in the NSIC and maintains a 79 percent clip in conference action.

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 (11/22/02), Daley connected on 6 of 15 field goals including three tri-fectas to net 17 points. He added five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Daley then went for a team-high 14 points vs. Michigan Tech (12/14/02) as he hit on four three-pointers. The 6-7 guard netted a career-high 23 points along with six three-pointers in the game against UM-Crookston (2/8/03). On the season, Daley is first on the club in three-pointers (60) and three-point field goal percentage (.451) as that mark is third in the league. His 48 percent mark from the floor is second on the team, 10.2 points per game is third and has tallied 10+ points in 14 games and gone for at least three boards in five of the last seven games. In the 16 conference games this season, Daley has averaged 2.6 three-point field goals a game and has increased his scoring slightly (10.8). Daley has hit at least one three-point basket in 14 straight games and is the school record-holder for three-pointers (60) and tied with Lorenson in attempts (133) in a season.

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 (.833) from long-range is tied for first.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
vs. Concordia-St. Paul (4-21, 4-12 NSIC)
Walking the sidelines for the Golden Bears is Jim Datka, who is in his eighth season as a collegiate head coach. At C-SP, Datka is 22-57 (.278) in his third year. Currently, the Golden Bears are eighth in the league, one game up of UM-Crookston in the race to make it to post-season play. They split last weekend winning at Crookston, 88-73 before losing an overtime affair, 81-78 to MSU Moorhead.

Thomas Blunt, who leads the team with 15.0 points per game and 6.0 rebounds, is also tied for first with 14 blocks. His scoring mark is good for fifth in the NSIC while he is sixth in rebounding. Justin Vandenberg shoots 50 percent from the floor to lead the team while Dan Torrez has hit on 59 trifectas and David Albo tops the club with 92 assists. Brian Jamros (10.9) and Jerome Brooks (10.1) are the other scorers with Brooks being fifth in the league with 1.88 steals per game.

Concordia-St. Paul ranks near the bottom in several categories in the league including ninth in field goal percentage (.431). However, it likes the long ball as shown in its 8.72 three-pointers made per game, which is tied for fourth in the NSIC.

vs. Winona State (11-14, 10-6 NSIC)
Mike Leaf is in his sixth year at the helm of the Warriors program and maintains a 80-57 (.584) overall mark. The Warriors are in a four-way tie for third place with the Beavers, UM-Duluth and Wayne State (NE). This past weekend, WSU lost 86-76 to MSU Moorhead on Friday and then took down UM-Crookston, 89-74 on Saturday.

Zach Malvik and David Zellmann lead all scorers with 13.9 points per game with Jon Urbach (11.6) and Eric Doster (9.4) rounding out the scoring threats. Jeff O’Donnell is first on the club in total blocks (14) and rebounding (5.9), which is seventh in the NSIC. The leading assists man is Malvik with 84 while Urbach connects on 41 percent of his trifectas and has 35 on the season. Ryan Brinkman leads the team in shooting percentage (.538).

The Warriors like to shoot the long ball well as they average 8.72 made per game, which is tied for fourth in the NSIC, and are fifth with a 37 percent mark. However, they hold a 45 percent mark from the field overall, which is eighth in the league.

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. Concordia-St. Paul 6-1 // Winona State 22-43**
The Beavers have swiped the last six contests against the Golden Bears after losing 51-49, Jan. 15, 2000 in the first meeting. Most recently in the 94-84 BSU win, Jan. 25, 2003 in Bemidji, Minn., both teams shot well with the Beavers going for 50 percent and the Warriors hitting on 48 percent. The C-SP downfall was its 24 turnovers on the night. Charles Hanks hit for a season-high 26 as he led four Beavers in double-figures. Coach Guiot is 3-0 against C-SP and BSU is 2-1 in St. Paul, Minn.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    15 (91-76, 2/22/02)
C-SP Largest Margin of Victory:    2 (51-49, 1/15/00)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    94 (W, 94-84, 1/25/03)
C-SP Highest Scoring Output:    84 (L, 94-84, 1/25/03)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    51 (W, 51-49, 1/15/00)
C-SP Lowest Scoring Output:    49 (L, 51-49, 1/15/00)

Bemidji State won in the last meeting, 108-98 in late January behind the 25 by Hanks and 23 by Stan Johnson. BSU hit 55 percent of its shots while WSU went for 51 percent from the floor. That win pushed the Beaver winning streak to two games. Prior to that, the Warriors took eight straight and 14 out of 15. In Winona, Minn., Bemidji State is 8-21 and coach Guiot is 2-2 all-time against WSU.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    20 (100-80, 1/22/94)
WSU Largest Margin of Victory:    41 (94-53, 2/17/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    108 (W, 108-106 2ot, 12/29/83)
WSU Highest Scoring Output:    106 2x (most recently W, 106-75, 2/15/87)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    47 (L, 60-47, 1/19/02)
WSU Lowest Scoring Output:    53 (W, 53-51, 1/30/82)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

BEAVERS IN THE CONFERENCE
Seven players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Feb. 23rd): Stan Johnson is fourth in free throw percentage (.782 - 86/110), fifth in assists/game (3.96), sixth in steals/game (1.67), 11th in three-point field goal percentage (.390 - 41/105), 12th in points/game (13.4) and 19th in field goal percentage (.451 - 97/215); Charles Hanks is third in rebounds/game (6.9), sixth in blocks/game (0.68), points/game (17.1) and field goal percentage (.531 - 179/337) and tied for 25th in steals/game (1.00); Royce Bryan is second in steals/game (2.71), sixth in assists/game (3.95) and 17th in three-point field goal percentage (.359 - 37/103); Jeff Lorenson is 10th in steals/game (1.36); 11th in assists/game (3.40), and 16th in three-point field goal percentage (.361 - 48/133); Adam Daley is third in three-point field goal percentage (.451 - 60/133), 14th in field goal percentage (.484 - 90/186) and 23rd in points/game (10.2); Jason Bonde is 29th in steals/game (0.94); and Aaron Kallhoff is 25th in assists/game (2.20).

BSU IN THE CONFERENCE
Through Feb. 23rd in all games played, BSU stands in the upper half of the 10-team conference in seven out of the 10 statistical categories: first in scoring offense (85.1), scoring margin (+9.4), field goal percentage defense (.437 - 624/1427) and three-pointers per game (11.08); third in field goal percentage (.473 - 755/1597); fourth in free throw percentage (.702 - 340/484); and tied for fourth in win/loss percentage (.560).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES
Through 25 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 six. 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 (27 points-11 rebounds)    vs. UM-Duluth, 2-14-03
Charles Hanks (20 points-12 rebounds)    vs. MSU Moorhead, 2-7-03
Charles Hanks (16 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Southwest State, 1-31-03
Charles Hanks (25 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Wayne State (NE), 2-1-03
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

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.

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.

NSIC TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
The top eight squads in the 10-team conference will move on to the post-season and play in the 2003 NSIC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament. The tournmanet champion gets an automatic bid to the NCCA Division II tournament. NSIC Quarterfinal action will take place Wednesday, March 5th on various campuses as the higher seed hosts. The format will be as follows: #5 at #4, #6 at #3, #7 at #2 and #8 at #1 with the game-times to be determined by the host school. The semifinals will be held on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, March 8th. The winner of the #3/#6 game will play against the winner of the #2/#7 game at 12:00 p.m. while the winner of the #4/#5 game will face the winner of the #1/#8 game at 4:00 p.m. The tournament champion will be crowned the following afternoon at 2:00 p.m at the same site. More information can be obtained by visiting the conference website at www.northernsun.org.
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