Beaver Men Set to Take New Ground at BSU Gymnasium Wednesday
Tuesday, December 7, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team will step onto new ground Wednesday when it takes to the new BSU Gymnasium floor versus St. Cloud State in a 7:30 p.m. non-conference affair. Proceeding the game there will be a short ceremony allowing the public its first glance at the new state-of-the-art maple flooring as well as honoring the project’s major donor and his family. The BSU Athletic Department will also take a minute to reflect back on the 2003-04 season by honoring its 2004 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Regular-Season Champions with a championship banner raising.

After nearly two months of moving practices and home contests across campus to Memorial Hall, the BSU Gymnasium floor replacement project has been completed and is awaiting the return of BSU athletics.

BSU Gymnasium has been off limits to the athletic department since mid-October due to a decision to replace the 45-year-old playing surface. The new, softer, more athlete-friendly surface should cut down on the wear-and-tear of the athletes due to stress on their joints and backs caused by the harder surface.

When BSU takes the court at 7:30 p.m., they look to build on a perfect 3-0 record at home this season and to extend a current 12-game home winning streak dating back to November 25th, 2003.

BSU (5-5) is coming in off a four-game Colorado road swing in which they went 2-2. After dropping games at Colorado Christian (102-95) and Regis University (70-54), the team responding with a pair of wins over Colorado State-Pueblo (75-73) and New Mexico Highlands (87-67) at the Chuck Stephens’ Classic hosted by Colorado State-Pueblo. Along the way, senior Amir Major and juniors Alvin Muse and Duane Fields were selected the All-Classic team by the media and coaches in attendance. Fields took home the event’s top honor by being named as the Chuck Stephens’ Classic Most Valuable Player.