Setting the Scene
Date: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Opponent: Wayne State
Date: Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
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The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (6-5; 4-3 NSIC, 4-3 NSIC North) hosts a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests Jan. 11-12 as Augustana College (9-2; 5-2 NSIC, 5-2 South) and Wayne State College (8-5; 2-5 NSIC, 2-5 South) visit BSU Gymnasium. Friday the Beavers will battle the Vikings at 8 p.m. and Saturday’s contest versus the Wildcats is set for a 6 p.m. tip.
The Beavers saw a three-game win streak end, as they went 0-2 in an NSIC road weekend Jan. 4-5. BSU lost 64-61 at Northern State University before falling 82-48 at Minnesota State University Moorhead. BSU and NSU battled all game before the road team held a 61-58 lead with 1:26 remaining in regulation. But four free throws from the Wolves handed it a 62-61 lead with 33 ticks remaining. BSU had a go-ahead shot attempt fall short and NSU was able to hold on for the victory. Saturday, the Beavers trailed by four at 26-22 with 2:43 left in the first half, but the Dragons went on a 5-0 run to close the half up 31-22. The MSUM long ball then started falling and the home team ran away with the game. Entering the contest, BSU ranked tied for second in the NSIC in 3-point field goal defense while MSUM was the top 3-point shooting team, the Dragons won the battle, as they went 14-for-24 (58.3%).
Season Shot Clock
• Head coach Mike Boschee started with a 6-3 record in his first nine games as BSU’s bench boss, which is the best start by a Beaver first-year head coach since Jack Vinje opened the 1958-59 season with a matching 6-3 record. Vinje went 8-3 in his first 11 contests.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1. The large offensive output those games has helped guide the Beavers to eighth in the league in scoring with 68.8 points per game this season.
• The Beavers have allowed 63.0 points per game, which sits sixth in the NSIC and 44th nationally in all games, while the 61.4 points allowed per league contest is first.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while four of the last six games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 2-2 in those games.
• On the defensive end in league games, BSU is third in the NSIC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponent to shoot 31.2 percent from downtown.
• BSU is fourth in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.73 3-ptpg).
• With a 8.36 steals per game average, the Beavers rank fourth in the conference. BSU is seventh with a +0.64 turnover margin.
• Senior Mason Walters is shooting free throws at a 94.6 percent clip to rank first in the NSIC and fifth in the nation.
• Walters is guiding a team that owns a 74.5 percent free throw percentage that stands sixth in the league and 29th nationally.
• Walters is pulling in 6.7 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank seventh among his league counterparts.
• Senior Dermaine Crockrell is averaging 15.0 points per game to sit tied for ninth in the league.
• Junior Zach Noreen sits tied for seventh in 3-point percentage with a 44.4 percent mark from downtown (20-for-45).
The Vikings: The Augustana men’s basketball team (9-2; 5-2 NSIC, 5-2 NSIC South) split an NSIC home weekend Jan. 4-5. After falling to No. 21 Minnesota State 60-48, the Vikings snuck by Concordia-St. Paul 67-66. Augie has played just two road games this season and is 1-1. Augustana won its first seven games, is 2-2 since - two loses were at Winona State University and versus MSU - and is receiving votes in the national poll. Senior Cameron McCaffrey has led the team in scoring in all 11 games and is averaging 19.1 points per game to sit second in the NSIC. Augustana is coached by ninth-year head coach Tom Billeter.
All-Time Series vs the Vikings: BSU lost 103-93 in double overtime at Augustana last season and has lost six straight to the Vikings. The Beavers are 4-8 all-time versus Augie, with the last win coming at the South Dakota Classic in Vermillion, S.D. Nov. 18, 2005 by the score of 83-71.
The Wildcats: The Wayne State men’s basketball team (8-5; 2-5 NSIC, 2-5 NSIC South) defeated Concordia-St. Paul 61-55 Jan. 4 and lost to No. 21 Minnesota State 66-54 Jan. 5 in an NSIC home weekend. After going 5-0 in nonconference play, WSC has just three wins in its last eight games. The Wildcats are 1-3 (0-3 in NSIC play) on the road in 2012-13. Senior Amry Shelby is the team’s points leader with 16.0 points per game. Paul Combs is in his fourth season as head coach of Wayne State.
All-Time Series vs the Wildcats: BSU defeated Wayne State 67-61 on the road last season, then downed WSC 57-53 at home in the first round of the NSIC Tournament to improve to 17-25 all-time against the Wildcats. BSU is 3-2 in the last five games after winning the last three that ended a five-game losing streak versus the WSC.
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 this season, falling to the then-No. 5 Roadrunners 67-41 Nov. 17. The Beavers traveled to No. 14 St. Cloud State Dec. 7 and led more almost 35 minutes of clock time before losing a lead for good and falling 68-60. BSU is also 0-2 against team’s earning votes in the national poll - Michigan Tech (L, 86-59) and MSU Moohread (L, 82-48).
The Beavers are 4-20 in the last seven seasons against nationally ranked opponents. The last time BSU defeated a ranked opponent before Feb. 25, 2012 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. BSU scored 12 3-pointers against Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1 and knocked down 14 versus Minot State Dec. 15. BSU is 4-3 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is fourth in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.73 3-ptpg).
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).
DEFENSE! [clap, clap] DEFENSE!: In a win, the most points the Beavers have allowed is 63. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 63.0 points per game, which sits sixth in the NSIC and 44th nationally, while the 61.4 points allowed per league contest is first. The 40 points given up in the 61-40 victory Dec. 14 against University of Mary, marked the lowest output by a BSU opponent since the 1951-52 season and the lowest by a conference opponent since 1950-51.
1,000 Points Watch: Senior Lance Rongstad has accumulated 928 career points (10.8 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver. He is 72 points shy of becoming the 16th player at Bemidji State to reach the career 1,000-point mark. Last season, James Ellisor became the 15th player to reach the milestone and finished 13th all-time with 1,129 points in two seasons in the green and white.
Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 377 career rebounds he is 78 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 127 assists, is 63 helpers short of tying for 10th.