This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team takes to the road Jan. 29-30 for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests at No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University. Both games are slated for a 8 p.m. start.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 7-10 overall and 4-7 in NSIC play, sitting in a four-way tie in conference standings with SMSU, University of Minnesota Duluth and Northern State University. BSU was victorious in its lone game last weekend, downing Minnesota Duluth 71-69 in a nail-bitter at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers erased an 11-point deficit in the game’s final 5:08, holding the Bulldogs to zero points during that span.
• Senior Seth Haake surpassed 1,000 career points in the win against UMD, scoring 23 points in the game. The last player to score 1,000 points at BSU was All-America Charles Hanks (2001-04).
• Haake owns a 50.3 field goal percentage and 42.6 3-point percentage in his career.
• BSU has won two straight after falling in its previous seven.
• The Beavers are the best free throw shooting team in the conference, going 267-of-348 (76.7) from the line. In conference games, BSU is 171-of-217 (78.8) from the charity stripe.
About Minnesota State: The No. 5 Mavericks are 17-1 overall and 10-1 in NSIC play to hold down the top spot in the conference. MSU won 17 straight games to start the season before Augustana College ended the undefeated bid last Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. by the score of 83-76. MSU is 10-0 at home this season. NSIC Preseason Player of the Year senior Travis Nelson leads the team in scoring with 16.2 points per game. Junior Jefferson Mason is averaging 15.1 points and a team-high 8.4 rebounds per game.
Series History: BSU is 33-60 all-time against the Mavericks and are 0-5 in the last five contests. Last season, then-No. 13 MSU came into the BSU Gymnasium and won 84-66. The last time BSU defeated MSU was Jan. 18, 1969 in Mankato, Minn. by the score of 62-56.
About Southwest Minnesota State: The Mustangs are 9-8 overall and 4-7 in the NSIC to tie for ninth with BSU, UMD and NSU. SMSU has lost its last four games and are 2-6 in the year 2010. The Mustangs lost to Wayne State College Saturday in double overtime 83-74. SMSU is 7-2 at the R/A Facility this season. Junior Scott Roehl is leading the team in scoring and rebounds with 13.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. Redshirt-freshman Jordan Miller is also scoring double-digits at a 12.1 points per game clip.
Series History: The Beavers own a 35-49 all-time record against the Mustangs, going 0-5 in the last five games. Last season, SMSU downed BSU 66-54 at the BSU Gymnasium.
Grand Accomplishment: With a free throw with 4:38 remaining in a 71-69 win Jan. 23 against Minnesota Duluth, senior Seth Haake scored his 1,000th point of his career. He is the first Beaver to accomplish the feat since All-America Charles Hanks do so from 2001-04.
Two is Better than One: Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) posted 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds in a 88-87 overtime victory against No. 17 Winona State University Dec. 12, posting the first double-double of his career and the first by Beaver in 2009-10. Both the point and assist totals were career-highs and the nine rebounds tied a career-high.
Thanks for the Charity: Tesdahl is 56-of-63 from the charity stripe this season, posting a 88.9 percentage from the line that stands fourth in the NSIC and 17th in the nation. BSU is first in overall games and in conference games this season, standing 6th in the nation at a 76.7 percentage.
Helping Hand: With 14.94 assists per game in conference play this season, the Beavers are fifth in the league. Winona State is first at 18.47 apg. Tesdahl has 5.5 assists per game in league games, which is second. With 5.0 apg in all games, Tesdahl is second in the league and 43 in the nation.
Andrew Jackson: Senior Seth Haake scored in the 20’s four consecutive games Dec.12-Jan. 2, pouring in a season-high 27 against Northern Michigan Dec. 29. He scored 23 against UMD Jan. 23 for his fifth 20-plus point performance. He had six 20-plus point games last season.
National Ranking: In the NCAA national ranking summary from games thru Jan. 24, BSU is 6th in free throw percentage at a 76.7 clip. The Beavers are also in the top 55 (270 ranked) in field goal percentage (46th, 47.8 percent), assist to turnover ratio (51st, 1.11 ratio) and turnovers per game (54th, 13.5 tpg). Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 17th in free throw percentage at a 88.9 mark and stands 43rd in assists per game with 5.0 per contest. He is also 66th in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.9 mark. Senior Seth Haake is 62nd in field goal percentage with a 55.3 percentage and 89th in points per game with 17.8 ppg.
Work Horses: Four of the regular starters for the Beavers have logged at least 27.0 minutes per game in conference play this season, placing them all in the top 30 in the conference rankings for minutes per game. Freshman Lance Rongstad has logged the third most minutes by a freshman this season with 28.64 minpg.
Player GP/GS Rk MPG
Seth Haake 11/11 T3 35.0
Bryce Tesdahl 11/11 T8 33.73
Lance Rongstad 11/9 22 28.64
Patrick Cassidy 11/11 T28 27.27