Beavers ranked ninth in NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Thursday, October 15, 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is ranked ninth in the 2009-10 edition of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving 89 points. The Beavers are coming off a year where they finished tied for 10th in the NSIC with a 6-14 record. Senior guard Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) was named BSU’s player to watch.

St. Cloud State University was chosen as the favorite after winning the NSIC Tournament last season, earning 171 points and three first-place votes. Winona State University had the most first-place votes with six, placing them second in the poll with 169 points. Minnesota State University, Mankato had two first-place votes and 164 points for third, Southwest Minnesota State University, last season’s regular season champions, had the final two first-place votes and 143 points, sitting in fourth. Rounding out the top five is Augustana College with 136 points. Minnesota State senior center Travis Nelson was named NSIC Preseason Player of the Year.

Haake played and started in all 27 games for the Beavers in 2008-09, leading the team in points (13.9 p/g), rebounds (4.7 r/g), minutes (30.4 m/g) and steals (1.7 s/g), while finishing second on the team in assists (2.0 a/g). His 13.9 points per game was the most by a Beaver player since 2003-04 and ranked 12th in overall scoring in the NSIC. Haake earned his first career NSIC Player of the Week award after leading BSU in a 3-0 week, Jan. 6-10, which included wins over Dickinson State, Concordia University and St. Cloud State. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 60 percent from the floor in the three games. In NSIC play he averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.25 assists and shot .526 from the floor. Haake had a team-high 20 games in double-figures in scoring, including six games with over 20 points.

The Beavers begin competition with an exhibition against the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis., Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. BSU’s first home game is scheduled for Nov. 24 in a nonconference bout with Jamestown College at 7 p.m.

2009-10 NSIC MBB Coaches Preseason Poll
No. Team Points
1. St. Cloud State (3) 171
2. Winona State (6) 169
3. Minnesota State (2) 164
4. SMSU (2) 143
5. Augustana 136
6. Concordia-St. Paul 117
7. Northern State 113
8. Minnesota Duluth 97
9. Bemidji State 89
10. Wayne State 65
11. MSU Moorhead 60
12. Upper Iowa 59
13. University of Mary 45
14. Minnesota, Crookston 28

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Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).