BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is ranked in the top 25 nationally in four different categories according to the recent NCAA Statistics Rankings (296 ranked, games through Jan. 15). The Beavers boast the No. 2 spot in turnovers per game with 10.4 giveaways per contest. Individuals are also making their mark on the nation, as senior Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) is No. 6 in assist/turnover ratio (3.1 ratio) and senior James Ellisor (F, Glendale, Ariz.) is No. 12 in points per game (21.1 ppg).
The Beavers have a No. 9 ranking in assist/turnover ratio (1.37), thanks mostly to Tesdahl’s spot at sixth. BSU ranks 20th in 3-point percentage, shooting at a 40.1 percent clip. The high 3-point percentage is guided by a 75.0 percent (15-for-20) evening Dec. 17 against University of Mary that ranks fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage in a game (minimum 10 3-pointers made). Sitting tied for 13th in 2011-12 is the Beavers’ performance against University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3 when it shot 10-for-15 (66.7%) from beyond the arc. The team also sits among the nation’s leaders in personal fouls per game with 15.9 that ranks No. 21.
Tesdahl also ranks No. 18 in assists per game with a 5.6 mark. He recorded a career-high and 2011-12 NSIC-best 12 assists Jan. 14 in a home win against Concordia University, St. Paul that is tied for 12th in a single game by an individual this season.
The BSU women’s basketball team sits 10th in the nation in free throw percentage with a 78.2 percent clip.
The Beavers open the second half of a four-game homestand Jan. 20-21 as Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University visit BSU Gymnasium. The Jan. 20 games are set for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., while the Jan. 21 contests are slated for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. starts.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).