Beavers host Dragons and Wolves in NSIC showdown
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Beavers host Dragons and Wolves in NSIC showdown

Setting the Scene
Opponent:
MSU Moorhead
Date:
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Location:
Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off:
8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
BSU Gymnasium
Capacity:
2,500

Opponent:
Northern State
Date:
Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
Location:
Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off:
6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium:
BSU Gymnasium
Capacity:
2,500

Multimedia
Local Radio:
none
         Play-by-play:
none
Internet Audio:
none
Local Television:
KBSU Ch. 17
         Play-by-Play:
Brett Leach
Web cast:
http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal#
Live Stats:
http://www.statbroadcast.com/events/statbroadcast.php?gid=bem&sport=bbgame&gender=m&t=1

The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (8-8; 6-6 NSIC, 5-3 NSIC North) begins a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game homestad Jan. 25-26, as Minnesota State University Moorhead (14-4; 8-4 NSIC, 6-2 NSIC North) and Northern State University (14-5; 9-3 NSIC, 7-1 NSIC North) visit BSU Gymnasium. Friday’s contest is set for an 8 p.m. start, while the Saturday game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

The Beavers
The Beavers went 0-2 on the road Jan. 18-19, as they lost at Winona State University Friday in a nail-bitter, 70-67. The loss moved the Beavers’ record in games decided by five or less points to 1-3 this season. An 81-67 loss at Upper Iowa University the next night moved BSU’s road record to 3-6 in 2012-13. Senior Lance Rongstad followed his Jan. 15 performance of 26 points with 24 points and in the process became the 16th player in Bemidji State program history to reach the 1,000-point mark in a career. He added 16 Saturday to lead the team and make it four straight games leading the squad in scoring. He has averaged 21.3 points per game in his last four contests to increase his season average from 6.9 to 10.6 points per game. The Beavers are 4-1 at home this season.

Season Shot Clock
• Head coach Mike Boschee started with a 6-3 record in his first nine games as BSU’s bench boss, which was the best start by a Beaver first-year head coach since Jack Vinje opened the 1958-59 season with a matching 6-3 record.
• Senior Lance Rongstad went over 1,000 career points at Winona State Jan. 18. He has led the team in scoring the last four games with 21, 26, 24 and 16 points, respectfully.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1.
• The Beavers have allowed 64.6 points per game, which sits fifth in the NSIC and 58th nationally in all games, while the 64.2 points allowed per league contest is fourth.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while seven of the last 10 games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 3-4 in those games decided by 11 or less - 1-3 in games decided by five points or less.
• On the defensive end in league games, BSU is second in the NSIC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponent to shoot 31.0 percent from downtown.
• BSU is tied for second in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.75 3-ptpg), a mark that ranks 55th nationally.
• With a 8.56 steals per game average, the Beavers rank second in the conference and 60th in the nation.
• Senior Mason Walters is pulling in 7.2 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank sixth among his league counterparts (2.92 offensive rebounds ranks fourth).
• The senior owns five double-doubles this season to rank second in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 40th nationally.
• Junior Michael Farrington leads the team and sits ninth in the NSIC in steals per game with 1.44 per contest.

The Dragons: The Dragons (14-4; 8-2 NSIC, 6-2 NSIC North) had an eight-game win streak end Jan. 12 at then-No. 11 Minnesota State University, Mankato and since have posted a 1-3 record. Jan. 18-19 MSUM went on the road and defeated Sioux Falls 80-53 before falling in overtime 86-82 at Southwest Minnesota State. The Dragons are third in the league in scoring with 76.4 points per game and are guided by the league’s second-leading scorer, senior Anthony Tucker, who has 20.7 points per contest. MSUM is 5-2 on the road in 2012-13. Chad Walthall is in his third season at MSU Moorhead.   

All-Time Series vs the Dragons: BSU fell to MSUM on the road 82-48 Jan. 5 and have lost its last six games to the Dragons. All-time the Beavers are 81-90 against MSU Moorhead and haven’t beat the Dragons at home since Feb. 2, 2008 (70-54).

The Wolves: The Wolves (14-5; 9-3 NSIC, 7-1 NSIC North) are 3-2 in their last five games with losses to then-No. 11 Minnesota State (83-76) and Southwest Minnesota State (62-61). Before the loss to SMSU, NSU recorded back-to-back road wins at Concordia University, St. Paul (79-73 OT) and MSU Moorhead (79-64). Northern State has a +6.9 scoring margin and a +4.9 rebounding margin this season. Senior Collin Pryor is averaging 15.5 points (seventh in the NSIC) and 7.8 rebounds (fourth in the NSIC) per game. NSU is 4-1 on the road this season. Paul Sather is in his third season at Northern State.    

All-Time Series vs the Wolves: BSU fell to Northern State 64-61 on the road Jan. 4 after owning a 61-58 lead with 1:26 remaining. The Beavers are 24-55 all-time against NSU and are 2-3 in the last five meetings. At home last season, BSU won 88-59.

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 1-3 against team’s earning votes in the national poll - losses to Michigan Tech (L, 86-59), MSU Moohread (L, 82-48) and Winona State (70-67) and win against Augustana (W, 69-67).

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 6-6 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is tied for second in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.75 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 67. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 68.6 points per game, which sits 10th in the NSIC, while the 64.2 points allowed per league contest is fourth. 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.

A Grand Accomplishment: Senior Lance Rongstad became the 16th player in Bemidji State men’s basketball program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau in a career Jan. 18 at Winona State University on a 3-pointer early in the second half. He now has 1,022 career points (11.2 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver to rank 16th on the career points list. He is 92 points shy of 15th, trailing Teaser Sweeney (1989-93).

Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 400 career rebounds he is 55 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 137 assists, is 53 helpers short of tying for 10th.

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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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