Beavers open 2012-13 season at NSIC/RMAC Challenge
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Beavers open 2012-13 season at NSIC/RMAC Challenge

Setting the Scene
Opponent:
University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Date:
Friday, November 16, 2012
Location:
Winona, Minn.
Tip-off:
5 p.m.
Gymnasium:
McCown Gymnasium
Capacity:
3,500

Setting the Scene
Opponent:
No. 5 Metro State
Date:
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Location:
Winona, Minn.
Tip-off:
5 p.m.
Gymnasium:
McCown Gymnasium
Capacity:
3,500

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (0-0; 0-0 NSIC) begins the 2012-13 campaign Nov. 16-17 at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Challenge in Winona, Minn. BSU will play University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (0-0; 0-0 RMAC) Nov. 16 and No. 5 Metro State University (1-0; 0-0 RMAC) Nov. 17. Both contests are set for a 5 p.m. start at McCown Gymnasium on the campus of Winona State University.

The Beavers
The Beavers finished with a program-best 22-9 record a season ago, won the NSIC Regular Season Championship and made their second all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament, but lost DII Daktronics National Player of the Year James Ellisor and Daktronics All-Region performer Bryce Tesdahl to graduation and saw the departure of head coach Matt Bowen. Despite big losses BSU welcomed nine returning players to fold and introduced new head coach Mike Boschee in July to continue the momentum built a season ago. Included in the returners is the 2011-12 NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell, who was named BSU’s Player to Watch. The Beavers were tabbed to finish tied for 12th overall and fifth in the NSIC North in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

Head Coach Mike Boschee
Mike Boschee
was named the 16th head coach of the Bemidji State University men’s basketball program July 11, 2012. Boschee, a 22-year veteran in the coaching profession, last served as the head coach at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Boschee completed his ninth season as head coach at Central College in 2011-12. Producing a .500 record or better in four of the past five seasons, he compiled a 115-115 career record at Central (third all-time in wins) after inheriting a program that failed to reach .500 in the eight seasons previous to Boschee stepping on campus. Prior to his time at Central College, Boschee served as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. from 1993-2003. He earned a master’s degree from Northern State University in 1993 and also served as a graduate assistant coach. He graduated from University of North Dakota in 1991 with a degree in recreation management after a successful four-year playing career.

The Mountain Lions: The Mountain Lions went 1-1 in exhibition play and will open their season with the Beavers Friday. UCCS defeated Northern New Mexico 75-70 in a home game Oct. 25 before falling to Northern Colorado on the road 99-61 Nov. 6. Leading the team in scoring in the two exhibition games was sophomore guard Darius Pardner with 17.5 points per game. He averaged 10.3 points per game last season as a freshman to finish third on the team. The Mountain Lions were picked to finish 11th in the RMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Jeff Culver is in his first season as head coach at UCCS.

All-Time Series vs the Mountain Lions: The Beavers traveled west to Colorado Springs, Colo. last season to meet the Mountain Lions for the first time ever and came away with a 77-69 victory. Junior Jake Schalow totaled 12 points and junior Zach Noreen added 10 points for BSU in the victory.

The Roadrunners: Last season the Roadrunners posted a 25-7 overall record and won the NCAA Central Region Tournament to make an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. Metro State earned the No. 5 ranking in the NABC Preseason Poll and were pegged to finish first in the RMAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. This season the team owns a 1-0 record heading into the Challenge after defeating new-NSIC member Minot State University  75-54 Nov. 9 in Denver. The Roadrunners will face No. 7 Winona State Friday before playing BSU. Metro State has posted a 20-plus win season in 14 of the last 15 seasons. Derrick Clark is in his third season at Metro State and owns a 48-15 (.762) record as the head coach.

All-Time Series vs the Roadrunners: The first-ever meeting between the Beavers and Roadrunners occurred last season when Bemidji State traveled to downtown Denver to face then-No. 10 Metro State. The Beavers fell 71-60 after facing a 39-29 deficit at halftime. Schalow is the top returning scorer from that game, as he posted seven points behind a pair of 3-pointers and a free throw.

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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