Beavers close nonconference slate with Jamestown College Nov. 29
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Beavers close nonconference slate with Jamestown College Nov. 29
Beavers open home schedule; close nonconference slate

This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team opens the home slate of its 2010-11 season with a nonconference contest against University of Wisconsin-Stout starting at 7 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers finish the nonconference schedule at Jamestown College Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m.   
About Bemidji State:  The Beavers are 1-1 in 2010-11 after beginning the season in Michigan Nov. 16-17. BSU opened the season with a 101-88 loss to Michigan Tech University before defeating Finlandia University 84-63 the next evening. The Beavers started the contest against MTU slow and dug themselves a hole they couldn’t get out of. Despite losing by 13, BSU won the second half 57-52. The green and white carried that positive momentum into the game with the Lions, shooting the ball well and keeping a lead through the final 30 minutes of play.

About UW-Stout: The Blue Devils are 2-0 this season. UW-Stout defeated Bethel University 95-69 at home Nov. 16 and Crown College 106-61 on the road Nov. 20. Senior guard Eric Hostetter leads the team in scoring with 21 points per game, shooting 43.5 percent from 3-point land. Last season the Blue Devils went 16-11 overall and 9-7 in conference play, winning seven of their final nine games. UW-Stout returns four of its starters from 2009-10. Sophomore Dan Van Pelt played with BSU sophomore Lance Rongstad at Eleva-Strum High School, competing in football, basketball and golf together. UW-Stout is located in Menomonie, Wis. and competes at the Division III level in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  

Series History: BSU leads the all-time series with UW-Stout 7-3, but lost the last meeting 67-49 on Nov. 21, 2006 at the BSU Gymnasium. The game was just the fourth regular season game of head coach Matt Bowen’s career at Bemidji State. The Beavers are 3-2 in the last five meetings.

About Jamestown College: The Jimmies are 4-2 this season with a 1-0 record at home. That win at home was against NSIC-member Minnesota, Crookston 72-63. In an exhibition contest JC lost to NSIC-institution Augustana College 75-65. C.J. Peeters leads the team in scoring with 16.3 points per game, shooting 51.9 percent from 3-point land and 48.4 percent from the field. The Jimmies are a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and compete in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC).

Series History: The Beavers are 26-14 all-time against the Jimmies, but are 1-4 in the last five contests. Last season JC visited Bemidji and stole a 72-69 victory from BSU. The last time they played at Jamestown was during the 2008-09 season with BSU winning 61-50.   

NSIC Preseason Poll:
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team finished last season winners in five of its last six games, en route to a 12-15 overall and 8-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference mark, good for 11th place in the final conference standings. The 12 wins was the most under fifth-year head coach Matt Bowen, as BSU has increased its win total in each of his seasons at the helm. On Oct. 20, the 2010-11 edition of the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll was released, slotting the Beavers 10th with 64 points.

BSU’s NSIC Preseason Player to Watch: Patrick Cassidy is the lone senior on a team that sports four juniors (two transfers), eight sophomores and four freshmen. He will be asked to provide leadership on and off the court in 2010-11, while concentrating on being consistent offensively and defensively. Last season Cassidy played and started in 26 games, averaging 26.3 minutes per contest. He posted 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.2 percent from the field. Cassidy has endured the growing pains of a Bemidji State basketball program that has improved its record in each of the last four seasons, going 12-15 last season. He has played in 80 games in the green in white, averaging 7.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 48.1 percent from the field.

Making Strides:
Head coach Matt Bowen has increased BSU’s win total every season over his past four years. The Beavers won five games in his first campaign, six in his second, eight in 2008-09 and 12 last season. In 2009-10, the eight NSIC victories the Beavers totalled was the most conference wins under Bowen.

Welcome to BSU:
The Beavers welcome six newcomers to the squad this season, including two junior college transfers. Coming to Bemidji via Glendale Community College are James Ellisor and Ryan Kinnell. Four true freshmen join the squad from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Alaska in Zach Noreen  (Albany HS, Minn.), Maxie Rosenbloom (Johnson HS, Minn.), Jake Schalow (Kaukauna HS, Wis.) and Jeff Whicker (King HS, Alaska).
    In his first two games as a Beaver, Ellisor averaged 23 points and six rebounds in 31.5 minutes, while shooting 57.7 percent from the field and going 15-for-15 from the charity stripe. He scored 25 points in the opener, adding a team-high six rebounds.

In the win against Finlandia, junior Bryce Tesdahl recorded his second-career double-double with a team-high 25 points and 10 assists. The 10 assists marks his third-career game with 10 or more helpers and ranks tied for ninth on the BSU single-game chart.

Helping Hand:
Last season Tesdahl finished second in the NSIC in assists, averaging 15.1 assists per game. He totaled 137 assists in the season, finishing third on BSU’s all-time single-season chart. His 211 career assists ranks 7th on BSU’s career list (1976-present).

BSU’s Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
#    Assists    Player    Seasons
1.    314    David Lee    1984-88
2.    302    James Roberson    2003-05
3.    247    Royce Bryan    2002-03
    247    Tony Brown    1987-91
5.    235    Bryce Tesdahl    2008-SA