Setting the Scene
Opponent: Southwest Minnesota State
Date: Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Opponent: Sioux Falls
Date: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Local Radio: none
Internet Audio: none
Local Television: KBSU Ch. 17
Play-by-Play: Brett Leach
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The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (9-9; 7-7 NSIC, 6-4 NSIC North) completes a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game homestad Feb. 1-2, as Southwest Minnesota State University (11-10; 8-6 NSIC, 5-5 NSIC South) and University of Sioux Falls (7-11; 3-11 NSIC, 2-8 NSIC South) 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 went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 25-26, as they defeated Minnesota State University Moorhead 76-75 in overtime Friday to avenge losing to the Dragons three times last season. The Beavers improved to 2-3 in games decided by five points or less with the win, but a 58-55 loss against Northern State University the next night moved that record to 2-4. In overtime, the Dragons broke out to a 75-68 lead, but the Beavers closed the final 2:18 on an 8-0 run to earn the victory. Senior Mason Walters posted his sixth double-double of the season with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. BSU lost the lead against Northern State with 2:11 remaining in the first half and wasn’t able to regain an advantage the rest of the game, despite multiple opportunities to tie the game or take a late lead.
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 or tied for the team lead in scoring the last six games with 21, 26, 24, 16, 17 and 13 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 64.8 points per game, which sits sixth in the NSIC and 57th nationally in all games, while the 64.5 points allowed per league contest is fifth.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while nine of the last 12 games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 4-5 in those games decided by 11 or less - 2-4 in games decided by five points or less.
• On the defensive end in league games, BSU is fifth in the NSIC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponent to shoot 32.4 percent from downtown.
• BSU is second in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.83 3-ptpg), a mark that ranks 51st nationally.
• With a 8.39 steals per game average, the Beavers rank second in the conference and 66th in the nation.
• Senior Mason Walters is pulling in 7.6 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank fourth among his league counterparts (2.79 offensive rebounds ranks fourth). His 7.1 rebounds per game in all contests is sixth.
• The senior owns six double-doubles this season to rank tied for second in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 32nd nationally.
The Mustangs: The Mustangs (11-10; 8-6 NSIC, 5-5 NSIC South) have won three of their last four games, all against teams ranked in the top half of the conference. SMSU went on the road Jan. 18-19 and defeated Northern State 62-61 and MSU Moorhead 86-82 in overtime, then beat Upper Iowa 74-55 at home Jan. 25 before losing to then-No. 25 Winona State 75-60 Jan. 26. Senior Jordan Miller has guided the team in scoring on 12 occasions and is the team’s scoring leader with 15.1 points per game, to rank ninth in the league. The Mustangs head coach Brad Bigler is in his fourth season.
All-Time Series vs the Mustangs: BSU has won three straight against the Mustangs and is 38-50 all-time against SMSU. Last season BSU defeated the Mustangs 70-56 at home before stealing a 79-78 victory on the road on a buzzer-beater heave from Dermaine Crockrell.
The Cougars: The Cougars (7-11; 3-11 NSIC, 2-8 NSIC South) have lost their last four games and are 2-7 in 2013. Last weekend, USF fell to Winona State 73-63 and Upper Iowa 82-74 at home. The Cougars have yet to win on the road, as they are 0-7 away from Sioux Falls, S.D. The NSIC-newcomer is led by senior James Rader’s 11.4 points per game. Senior A.J. Holland owns 10.1 points and a team-high 3.9 rebounds per game. Chris Johnson is in his fifth season at Sioux Falls.
All-Time Series vs the Cougars: The Beavers have played Sioux Falls just one time and that meeting came last season at home when they won 68-49.
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, knocked down 14 versus Minot State Dec. 15 and hit 12 against MSU Moorhead Jan. 25. BSU is 7-7 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is second in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.83 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 all but one win this season, the most points the Beavers have allowed is 67. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 64.8 points per game, which sits sixth in the NSIC, while the 64.5 points allowed per league contest is fifth. 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 1,052 career points (11.3 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver to rank 16th on the career points list. He is 60 points shy of 15th, trailing Teaser Sweeney (1989-93).
Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 411 career rebounds he is 44 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 144 assists, is 46 helpers short of tying for 10th.
Senior Mason Walters has 871 career points and is 129 points shy of the 1,000-point mark. With eight regular season games and at least one postseason guaranteed, Walters needs to average 14.3 points per game in the nine games to reach the plateau. He also has racked up 400 career rebounds to sit 55 shy of tying for 10th all-time.
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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).