First NSIC road test for Beavers at SCSU and UMD
Thursday, December 6, 2012
First NSIC road test for Beavers at SCSU and UMD

Setting the Scene
Opponent:
No. 14 St. Cloud State
Date: Friday,
Dec. 7, 2012
Location:
St. Cloud, Minn.
Tip-off:
8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
Halenbeck Hall
Capacity:
6,927

Opponent: Minnesota Duluth
Date:
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012
Location:
Duluth, Minn.
Tip-off:
6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
Romano Gymnasium
Capacity:
2,759

Multimedia
Local Radio:
92.1 FM The River
         Play-by-play:
Mark Ricci
Internet Audio:
www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television:
none
Web cast:
http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal#
Live Stats at SCSU:
http://www.sidearmstats.com/stcloudstate/mbball/scoreboard.aspx
Live Stats at UMD:
http://sports.umdbulldogs.com/MBB/xlive.htm

The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (3-2; 1-0 NSIC, 1-0 NSIC North) hits the road for its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road test of the season Dec. 7-8 as it travels to No. 14 St. Cloud State University (4-0; 1-0 NSIC, 1-0 North) for an 8 p.m. contest Friday and University of Minnesota Duluth (2-3; 0-1 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC North) Saturday for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

The Beavers
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team started the NSIC season with a 90-58 home victory against University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1. The game was BSU’s home opener, as it jumped out to a 14-5 lead four minutes into the contest and then stretched it to a 29-8 lead with eight minutes to go. By halftime, BSU held a 20-point lead at 42-22 behind a 7-for-13 (53.8%) shooting performance from beyond the arc. The lead never went below 18 in the second half, en route to the 32-point victory. Junior Zach Noreen - team’s scoring leader in four of five games this season - tied for the team-high with a career-best 19 points, which included a career-high 5-for-8 performance from 3-point land. Senior Dermaine Crockrell also pitched-in 19 points, while senior Mason Walters added 18 points.

Season Shot Clock
• BSU has scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) in the last two games and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points.
• All five games have been decided by 25 or more points.
• The Beavers are 49-for-100 (49%) from 3-point land this season and rank first in the nation in 3-point percentage and 13th in 3-point field goals made per game (9.8 3-ptpg).
• Leading the 3-ball charge is junior Zach Noreen. He is 15-for-25 (60%) from 3-point range this season to rank first in makes and tied for fourth in the NSIC in 3-point percentage. Nationally, his percentage ranks tied for second (min. 2.5 made per game) and his 3.0 makes per game ranks 39th. Junior Jake Schalow owns a tie for first in the NSIC in 3-point percentage (min. 1.0 made per game) with a 66.7 percentage (6-for-9).
• Full NSIC Rankings on page 4 and NCAA Rankings on page 16.
• Three players are in the top six in free throw shooting percentage, as seniors Dermaine Crockrell (92.9%), Mason Walters (92.3%) and Lance Rongstad (90.9%) rank 3-6, respectfully.
• Junior Michael Farrington has 11 steals in five games for a 2.20 steals per game average that sits third in the league. 

Weekend Post-Up
• St. Cloud State ended the Beavers’ historic 22-9 season a year ago in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with a 77-72 win in Golden, Colo. on the campus of Colorado School of Mines.
• Saturday’s contest will be the first between Bemidji State and former BSU head coach Matt Bowen, who is now the bench boss at Minnesota Duluth after six seasons at BSU. Other familiar faces on Bowen’s staff include former graduate assistant coach Kevin Williamson and former guard and BSU all-time assists leader Bryce Tesdahl.

The Huskies: The No. 14 Huskies are 4-0 and are outscoring their opponent 81.5-64.3. SCSU started the conference season with a 97-68 victory against Minnesota Duluth Dec. 1. Senior Theo Rothstein scored 22 points and added eight rebounds in the win, while senior Shaun Jensen scored 11 points and dished out 10 assists. Rothstein owns 20.5 points per game to rank second in the NSIC. Jensen is averaging 8.0 assists per game to lead the league. SCSU is under the guidance of 16th-year head coach Kevin Schlagel, who owns a 305-141 overall record. 

All-Time Series vs the Huskies: The Beavers have lost six straight to St. Cloud State, with their last win coming at home Jan. 10, 2009 against the then-No. 24 Huskies 69-66. The last road victory at Halenbeck Hall for Bemidji State came Jan. 21, 1978 by the score of 75-68 (0-19 during that span). All-time, BSU is 42-92 against SCSU.

The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC to begin the season. After losing its season opener, UMD won two straight before falling to No. 2 Washburn and No. 22 St. Cloud State heading into the weekend. Minnesota Duluth has three players averaging double-figures in scoring, led by senior Jake Hottenstine’s 14.3 points per game. Jordan Reeetz owns 11.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. The Bulldogs have allowed an NSIC-worst 75.2 points per game in this early season, while averaging 66.2 points per contest on offense. Head coach Matt Bowen is in his first season at UMD. 

All-Time Series vs the Bulldogs: The Beavers have won five of the last six meetings with UMD, including a season sweep last season, with a 85-72 home win and a 93-85 victory on the road. BSU is 40-85 all-time versus the Bulldogs.

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. The Beavers racked-up 17 against Finlandia Nov. 21 and then scored 12 3-pointers against Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1. BSU is shooting 3-pointers at a 60 percent clip to rank second in the nation and are averaging 9.8 buckets from beyond the arc to sit 13th nationally.

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 11).

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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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