Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minot State
Date: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013
Location: Minot, N.D.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Minot State Dome
Date: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Activity Center
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Live Stats at Minot State: http://www.sidearmstats.com/minotstate/mbball/scoreboard.aspx
Live Stats at U-Mary: http://126.96.36.199/livestats/basketball_men/xlive.htm
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (12-10; 10-8 NSIC, 6-4 NSIC North) concludes a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game road trip Feb. 15-16, as it travels to North Dakota to battle Minot State University (8-14; 7-11 NSIC, 5-5 NSIC North) and University of Mary (3-19; 2-16 NSIC, 2-8 NSIC North). 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 Feb. 8-9 in an NSIC road weekend, as the Beavers upset No. 5 Minnesota State, 82-74 before suffering an 85-84 set-back to Concordia-St. Paul. The victory against MSU was the eighth victory for BSU against a nationally-ranked opponent in the last eight years and the first under head coach Mike Boschee. BSU was guided by a career-effort from senior Dermaine Crockrell, who posted 22 of his career-high 29 points in the second half. He also added a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. The Beavers’ bid for a four-game winning streak was foiled Saturday, as CU hit a 3-pointer with 4.4 seconds left to steal a victory. Senior Mason Walters scored a season-high 26 points on 71.4 percent shooting against the CU and now sits 57 points shy of 1,000 career points.
Season Shot Clock
• A Bemidji State victory Friday against Minot State would clinch a home playoff game for BSU.
• The Beavers knocked off No. 5 Minnesota State 82-74 on the road Feb. 8 to improve to 8-24 in the last eight seasons (1-2 in 2012-13) against nationally ranked opponents (top 25). The win against the No. 5 ranking is the biggest upset in the last eight seasons.
• 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 led or tied for the team lead in scoring in eight straight games Jan. 12-Feb. 2 with 21, 26, 24, 16, 17, 13, 18 and 20 points, respectfully.
• Senior Mason Walters is creeping up on the 1,000-point mark, as he owns 943 career points to sit 57 shy of the mark. He needs to average 11.4 points per game in the next five contests to reach the plateau.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1.
• Bemidji State is 9-1 in 2012-13 when scoring 70 or more points.
• The Beavers have allowed 66.0 points per game, which sits seventh in the NSIC and 69th nationally in all games, while the 66.0 points allowed per league contest is fifth.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while 12 of the last 16 games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 6-6 in those games decided by 11 or less - 3-5 in games decided by five points or less.
• BSU is third in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.91 3-ptpg), a mark that ranks 51st nationally.
• With a 8.45 steals per game average, the Beavers rank second in the conference and 56th in the nation.
• BSU ranks 65th nationally in turnovers per game with a 13.2 mark. Its +1.36 turnover margin ranks fifth in the NSIC.
• Walters is pulling in 7.3 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank sixth among his league counterparts (2.39 offensive rebounds ranks tied for fourth). His 6.9 rebounds per game in all contests is eighth.
• The senior owns seven double-doubles this season to rank tied for second in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 39th nationally.
• Senior Dermaine Crockrell ranks third in league games only with 34.50 minutes per game. In all games, his 1.31 assist/turnover ratio is eighth.
• Rongstad is shooting free throws at a 85.7 percent clip to sit eighth in the NSIC.
• Senior Jason Edwards ranks tied for eighth in the league only games with 1.39 steals per game.
The Beavers: The Beavers have lost three straight and are 8-14 overall with a 7-11 conference record that is good for fifth in the NSIC North. MISU was on the road last weekend and fell to University of Sioux Falls 82-59 and Southwest Minnesota State University 78-68. Eight different Beavers have led the them in scoring in a game this season. Three players are averaging 9.6 or more points per game, while EJ Wiliams is the only double-digit scorer at 10.9 points per contest. Josh Johnson owns 9.8 points and a team-best 5.2 rebounds per game. Minot State head coach Matt Murken is in his first season.
All-Time Series vs the Beavers: Bemidji State is 8-4 all-time against its fellow Beavers, Minot State. BSU has won the last three meetings, which includes a 73-63 victory at home earlier this season and the last contest in Minot, N.D., Dec. 8, 1990 by the score of 90-83.
The Marauders: The Marauders enter the weekend on a 13-game losing streak and are 3-19 overall with a 2-16 league mark that stands seventh in the NSIC North. U-Mary is knocking down 3-pointers at a 40.5 percentage in league play this season to lead the NSIC. Alex Dorr leads the team in 3-point percentage with a 47.7 percent mark in conference contests that ties for third in the league. He leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 13.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Jevin Budde is in his second season at U-Mary.
All-Time Series vs the Marauders: The Beavers are 5-9 all-time against U-Mary and have won the last three meetings. BSU defeated the Marauders 61-40 at home earlier this season and last season on the road, 72-65.
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 for almost 35 minutes of clock time before losing a lead for good and falling 68-60. The Beavers then stunned No. 5 Minnesota State on the road Feb. 8 with an 82-74 victory. BSU is also 1-3 against team’s earning votes in the national poll this season - losses to Michigan Tech (L, 86-59), MSU Moorhead (L, 82-48) and Winona State (70-67) and win against Augustana (W, 69-67).
The Beavers are 8-24 in the last eight seasons against nationally ranked opponents.
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 10-8 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is third in the league and 51st nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (7.91 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 two wins (75 in OT and 74 to No. 5 MSU) this season, the most points BSU has allowed in a win is 69. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 66.0 points per game, which is seventh in the NSIC and 69th nationally. The 66.0 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 1,113 career points (11.5 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver to rank 15th on the career points list. He is 12 points shy of 14th, (Kevin Nichols. 1992, 1994) and 16 shy of 13th (James Ellisor, 2010-12).
Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 432 career rebounds he is 23 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 159 assists, is 31 helpers short of tying for 10th.
Senior Mason Walters has 943 career points and is 57 points shy of the 1,000-point mark. With four regular season games and at least one postseason contest guaranteed, Walters needs to average 11.4 points per game in the five games to reach the plateau. He also has racked up 424 career rebounds to sit 31 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).