Beavers host Minnesota, Crookston in NSIC opener
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Beavers host Minnesota, Crookston in NSIC opener

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

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The Game: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (2-2; 0-0 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North) begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play by hosting University of Minnesota, Crookston (3-1; 0-0 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC North) Dec. 1. The contest is slated for a 4 p.m. start at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is 2-2 after a 1-1 road trip to Michigan Nov. 20-21. The Beavers fell 86-59 to Michigan Tech University – who are receiving votes in the national poll – before defeating Finlandia University 122-67. The 122 points was the second most the Beavers have scored in regulation in program history. The BSU record is a 126-96 victory against Northland Dec. 13, 1991. Six different Beavers posted double-figure scoring totals, headlined by a 20-point performance from senior Dermaine Crockrell. The Beavers knocked down 17 3-pointers in the win, guided by a 5-for-6 performance from sophomore Tor Anderson. Junior Zach Noreen is the team’s leading scorer this season with 12.3 points per game.

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 Golden Eagles: The Golden Eagles are 3-1 to start the season after a home win against Presentation College (80-66) and road wins at Finlandia University (81-75) and Mayville State (55-48). After going 3-0, UMC lost a home contest 56-55 to Crown College Wednesday. Junior Brandon Burns is guiding the team in points per game with a 17.8 mark. Senior Justin Rake owns 9.3 points and a 7.3 rebounds per contest. The team is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, while allowing opponents to shoot 40.5 percent. UMC welcomed seven newcomers into the fold this season and are under the guidance of 11th-year head coach Jeff Oseth.

All-Time Series vs the Golden Eagles: BSU defends an eight-game winning streak against the Golden Eagles and its 39-13 all-time advantage in the series. The last loss the Beavers suffered at the hands of UMC was in Crookston, Minn. in 2008 and the last time BSU lost at home to Minnesota, Crookston was Nov. 11, 1994 (17-0 since that loss).

NSIC Preseason Poll: Losing Daktronics Division II Player of the Year James Ellisor, all-region point guard Bryce Tesdahl and head coach Matt Bowen from last season’s record-breaking campaign has left doubt in the minds of the NSIC coaches for this year, as the BSU men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish tied for 12th in the 2012-13 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Bemidji State earned 72 points in the overall poll to tie with Upper Iowa University and earned 25 points in the North Division poll to sit fifth.

BSU’s Player to Watch: Senior Dermaine Crockrell was an impact player the moment he stepped onto the court for BSU and earned 2011-12 NSIC Newcomer of the Year honors for his efforts last season. He averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and shot 50.3 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from beyond the arc. Crockrell played in his first game Dec. 16 and scored 10 points, but followed that with 21 in his second game in the green and white. Overall he posted four 20-point performances (season-high 27 at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4) and finished the conference season second on the team and 23rd in the NSIC in scoring with 12.7 points per game.

Against Ranked Opponents: The Beavers got tested right out of the gates in 2011-12 with a contest at then-No. 10 Metro State Nov. 11 in the season opener, as it fell 71-60. BSU also fell to then-No. 17 Winona State Dec. 9 62-49, lost 103-93 in a double overtime thriller at then-No. 21 Augustana College and fell to then-No. 21 St. Cloud State 72-70 Jan. 13 to hold an 0-4 record against ranked opponents until downing then-No. 22 Winona State Feb. 25 at home 94-84.

BSU again battled Metro State early in the season, falling to the then-No. 5 Roadrunners 67-41 Nov. 17.

The Beavers are 4-19 in the last eight seasons against ranked opponents. The last time BSU defeated a ranked opponent before Feb. 25 was at Winona State Dec. 12, 2009 when the Beavers upset the Warriors 88-87 in overtime.

Welcome to the BSU Three Party: The Beavers hit at least five 3-pointers in 28 of the 31 games last season to total 225, an average of 7.3 a game. BSU shot at a 38.8 percent clip from beyond the arc (225-for-580) to rank fourth in the NSIC and 30th in the nation.

Right out of the gates the Beavers posted a double-digit 3-pointer total with 10 against UC-Colorado Springs Nov. 16. BSU went 10-for-18 (55.6%) in the game.

Century Mark, Plus: The Beavers totaled 122 points in the 122-61 victory at Finlandia University Nov. 21. The BSU point total ranks second in program history in regulation games and third overall in points scored in a game. The record is a 126- 96 victory against Northland Dec. 13, 1991. BSU scored 124 points in a four overtime 126-124 loss at home to University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 25, 2009. The last 100-point game for the Beavers came last season in a 100-77 home win against Concordia University, St. Paul. BSU also established a program record for point margin in the Nov. 21 win with 61. (List of all-time 100-point games can be found on page 10.)

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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).