Beavers close regular season at home with UMD and No. 22 SCSU
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Beavers close regular season at home with UMD and No. 22 SCSU

Setting the Scene
Minnesota Duluth
Friday, Feb. 22, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
8:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

No. 22 St. Cloud State
Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013
Bemidji, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (13-11; 11-9 NSIC, 7-5 NSIC North) closes the regular season with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home games Feb. 22-23, as University of Minnesota Duluth (7-17; 5-15 NSIC, 5-7 NSIC North) and No. 22 St. Cloud State University (19-5; 15-5 NSIC, 10-2 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. and is Senior Day for five BSU senior student-athletes.  

The Beavers
The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC road weekend that capped a four-game road trip where BSU went 2-2. The Beavers sit third in the NSIC North standings heading into the final weekend of league play. BSU lost at Minot State University 86-76 Friday before picking up a 63-56 win Saturday at University of Mary. Senior Dermaine Crockrell scored 24 points in the loss to MISU, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a 56 percent shooting night from Minot State. The Beavers earned a lead at U-Mary in the first five minutes of the game and never relinquished it, despite shooting 26.1 percent from the field in the second half. Junior Maxie Rosenbloom came off the bench and led the team with 12 points and added six rebounds. 

Playoff Picture
In simplest terms, a BSU win this weekend or a Minot State loss ensures the Beavers a home NSIC first round tournament game to be played Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. BSU is currently in third place with an 11-9 league mark. MSU Moorhead is fourth with a 10-10 record, while Minot State holds a 9-11 conference record. MSU Moorhead and Minot State play each other Saturday. If the Beavers finish third in the North, they host the sixth-place Wayne State. If they finish fourth, BSU is likely to play Southwest Minnesota State or Upper Iowa.

Season Shot Clock
• 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 966 career points to sit 34 shy of the mark. He needs to average 11.3 points per game in the next three (two regular season and one tournament) 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 9-2 in 2012-13 when scoring 70 or more points.
• The Beavers have allowed 66.4 points per game, which sits tied for seventh in the NSIC while the 66.5 points allowed per league contest is fifth.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while 14 of the last 18 games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 7-7 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 (8.0 3-ptpg), a mark that ranks 49th nationally.
• With a 8.38 steals per game average, the Beavers rank second in the conference and 55th in the nation.
• BSU ranks 62nd nationally in turnovers per game with a 13.1 mark. Its +1.29 turnover margin ranks fourth in the NSIC.
• Walters is pulling in 7.4 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank fifth among his league counterparts (2.40 offensive rebounds ranks fourth). His 7.0 rebounds per game in all contests is seventh.
• The senior owns seven double-doubles this season to rank third in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 46th nationally.
• Senior Dermaine Crockrell ranks third in league games only with 34.60 minutes per game. In all games, his 1.35 assist/turnover ratio is eighth.
• Rongstad is shooting free throws at a 85.3 percent clip to sit eighth in the NSIC.
• Senior Jason Edwards ranks seventh in the league only games with 1.45 steals per game.

The Bulldogs: The Bulldogs (7-17; 5-15 NSIC, 5-7 NSIC North) snapped a five-game losing skid with a home sweep of two of the top four teams in the NSIC North Feb. 15-16, in Northern State (72-65) and MSU Moorhead (74-66). UMD is allowing its opponent to score 72.0 points per game this season to sit 15th in the NSIC. Senior Jake Hottenstine scored 23 points in the win against MSUM and his 16.0 points per game is a team-best. Junior Brett Ervin is averaging 15.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. First-year Head Coach Matt Bowen spent the last six seasons as BSU’s bench boss.   

All-Time Series vs the Bulldogs: All-time, BSU is 41-85 against the Bulldogs, but are 6-1 in the last seven meetings, that includes a 66-55 victory in Duluth, Minn. earlier this season. Last season at home the Beavers won 85-72.

The Huskies: The No. 22 Huskies (19-5; 15-5 NSIC, 10-2 NSIC North) clinched the NSIC North Title Feb. 15-16 with a home sweep of MSU Moorhead (75-67) and Northern State (78-62). SCSU’s 77.1 points per game ranks second in the NSIC, while its +11.3 scoring margin is also second. SCSU has three players scoring in double-figures, led by senior Theo Rothstein’s 17.0 points per game. Senior Shaun Jensen owns 13.3 points and 5.2 assists per game. Kevin Schlagel is in his 16th season as head coach of the Huskies.  

All-Time Series vs the Huskies: The Beavers trail the all-time series with St. Cloud State 42-93 in a rivalry that dates back to 1922. BSU has lost its last seven meetings with SCSU, including a 68-60 loss on the road earlier this year, a 77-72 loss in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year and a 72-70 last-second loss at home a season ago.

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 12-8 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is third in the league and 49th nationally in 3-point field goals made per game (8.0 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 66.4 points per game, which is tied for seventh in the NSIC. The 66.5 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 1,140 career points (11.5 ppg) in his nearly four complete seasons as a Beaver to rank 13th on the career points list. He is 18 points shy of 12th, Dale Harper (1983-87).

Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 439 career rebounds he is 16 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 161 assists, is 29 helpers short of tying for 10th.

Senior Mason Walters has 966 career points and is 34 points shy of the 1,000-point mark. With two regular season games and at least one postseason contest guaranteed, Walters needs to average 11.3 points per game in the next three games to reach the plateau. He also has racked up 440 career rebounds to sit 15 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).