NSIC Championship in reach in NSIC finale Feb. 24-25
Thursday, February 23, 2012
NSIC Championship in reach in NSIC finale Feb. 24-25
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Upper Iowa
Date:  Friday, February 24, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Winona State
Date: Saturday, February 25, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (19-7; 14-6 NSIC) wraps-up the regular season with a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home weekend with Upper Iowa University and No. 22 Winona State University Feb. 24-25. BSU will battle the Peacocks at 8 p.m. and the Warriors at 6 p.m.        
 
The Beavers
The Beavers are 19-7 overall and 14-6 in the NSIC to sit tied for second in the standings after a 2-0 NSIC road weekend. BSU defeated Southwest Minnesota State University 79-78 on a deep buzzer beater from junior Dermaine Crockrell. BSU then defeated Minnesota State University, Mankato 78-64. Two wins by the Beavers this weekend ensures at least a share of the NSIC regular season title. A win Friday secures a home playoff game Wed., Feb. 29. Senior James Ellisor averaged 23.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game last weekend to earn his third NSIC Player of the Week honor and he became the 15th player at BSU to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Senior Bryce Tesdahl needs 10 assists to break the BSU single-season record for assists and seven helpers to own the NSIC single-season record.

Fast Break
• It took the Beavers 10 games to reach the 80 point plateau until doing it in four consecutive games Dec. 16-Jan. 7. BSU is 5-1 when scoring 80 or more points this season and 13-3 when scoring 70 or more.  
• Scoring a lot isn’t an issue, as the Beavers have the third best scoring defense in the NSIC, allowing just 66.3 points per contest.
• BSU is 16-2 when leading at halftime and 18-2 when tied or having the advantage at half this season. It’s losses coming from to then-No. 17 Winona State Dec. 9 and then-No. 21 St. Cloud State Jan. 13.
• The Beavers are 67-0 after a loss this season and have a 12-6 record when winning the previous game in 2011-12.
• BSU has outrebounded its opponent 13 times this season and owns a 11-2 record when doing so. Last season the Beavers went 11-4 - all their wins - when bringing down more rebounds than their opponent.
• The Beavers have taken care of the ball this season. With an average of 10.4 turnovers per game the team leads the NSIC and ranks second in the nation.
• BSU has also been disciplined on the defense end, with 16.0 personal fouls per game the Beavers rank No. 24 nationally.
• The Beavers have shot 50 percent or better in eight of the last 11 games and are 12-0 this season when shooting above 50 percent.  
• Senior James Ellisor leads the league and ranks eight in the nation with 21.7 points per game. In other league rankings he sits first in 3-point percentage (52.5%), second in minutes per game (33.50 mpg), fifth in field goal percentage (56.8%), tied for 8th in free throw percentage (85.2%) ninth in rebounding (6.6 rpg) and 15th in steals (1.19 spg).
• BSU leads the NSIC and ranks seventh in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.41 ratio. That is mostly in thanks to senior Bryce Tesdahl, who leads the league with a 2.93 ratio that also sits 7th in the nation. Tesdahl is the league’s leader in assists per game with 6.1 (12th nationally). He is already the program’s assist leader and has 536 career helpers.  
• As a team the Beavers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc to rank third in the conference and No. 25 in the nation. In conference games only the Beavers have a 39.4 percentage from downtown to sit second.
• Ellisor leads the NSIC in conference games with a 58.1 percentage from downtown, while Tesdahl is seventh (44.9%).
• The Beavers are 9-3 on Saturday’s in 2011-12.
• The 19 victories by BSU is the most in a season under sixth-year head coach Matt Bowen. Only four teams have reached 19 wins in a season in program history, with the program record sitting at 20 by the 2003-04 team.
• Bowen has started seven different combinations of five this season. The line-up of Tesdahl, Dermaine Crockrell, junior Lance Rongstad, Ellisor and junior Mason Walters is 10-4.

The Peacocks
The Peacocks are 9-15 overall and 6-14 in NSIC contests to rank 11th in the conference standings. UIU lost five straight before defending home court and defeating Minnesota, Crookston 75-63 and MSU Moorhead 76-72 Feb. 17-18. The Peacocks are 2-8 on the road in 2011-12. Tucker Wentzien guides the team in points (13.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.4 rpg) per game this season.

All-Time Series vs the Peacocks
The Beavers own a 7-5 all-time record against Upper Iowa and are 3-2 in the last five games. Last season at home, BSU lost to UIU 83-80. In Fayette, Iowa earlier this season the Beavers downed the Peacocks 70-60.  

The Warriors
The No. 22 Warriors own a 23-3 overall and 18-2 NSIC record this season. Due to a transfer violation WSU nullified 13 NSIC games to decrease its winning percentage by .299 and place them fifth in the conference standings. The Warriors had won 11 straight before falling to MSU Moorhead at home Feb. 17. WSU has a +13.9 scoring margin. The Warriors are guided by Clayton Vette’s 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

All-Time Series vs the Warriors
The Beavers and Warriors have been doing battle since 1933 with WSU owning the all-time advantage 81-69, but BSU is 3-2 in the last five meetings. The Beavers lost to then-No. 17 Winona State 62-49 this season and fell to WSU last season at home 71-62.
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