This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team opens the 2010-11 regular season with nonconference games at Michigan Tech University and Finlandia University.
About Bemidji State: The Beavers went 12-15 overall and 8-12 in the NSIC to hold down the 11th spot in the league. BSU won five of its last six games last season, which included a 99-67 victory against Finlandia at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers return nine of their 10 letterwinners from a year ago, losing Seth Haake to graduation who led the team in points and finished 10th on BSU’s all-time scoring list.
• BSU finished 5th in the nation in free throw percentage at a 76.7 clip. Adelphi University (Garden City, N.Y.) was the nation’s leader at 78.7.
• The Beavers swept the season series with Winona State University for the first time since the 2003-04 season. BSU won 88-86 at home and needed overtime to down the then-No. 17 Warriors in Winona, Dec, 12, 88-87.
About Michigan Tech: The Huskies went 9-18 overall and 8-14 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference and were winners of five of their final eight games in 2009-10. Tech welcomes back its top 10 scorers from a year ago, including junior Mike Hojnacki who averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.
Series History: The Beavers are 36-16 all-time against the Huskies, but 0-5 in the last five meetings. BSU lost the last meeting 80-70 on Dec. 14, 2002 in Bemidji.
About Finlandia: The Lions are in transition from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association to NCAA Division III and are not yet affiliated with a conference. Last season, Finlandia went 11-13. The Lions have been competing in men’s basketball since 1999-2000.
Series History: The Beavers are 3-0 all-time against Finlandia. Last season, BSU hosted the Lions, winning 99-67 in the midst of a five-game winning streak.
Last Action: The Beavers won their lone exhibition game 87-72, as it defeated University of Wisconsin-Superior. Junior Jake Lindstrom posted 23 points in the win.