BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (6-3; 3-2 NSIC, 3-2 NSIC North) looks to remedy a two-game losing streak Dec. 20 when it hosts University of Minnesota Crookston (4-5; 1-4 NSIC, 1-4 NSIC North) in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle at BSU Gymnasium beginning at 8 p.m.
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The Beavers lost back-to-back games Dec. 13-14, marking the first time the squad fell in consecutive games since losing at Concordia-St. Paul Feb. 9 and at Minot State Feb. 15 (14 games between). Last weekend, slow starts doomed the Beavers, as they lost 77-68 at MSU Moorhead and 75-59 at Northern State. BSU got a season-high 23 points from junior DJ Hervy Friday and a 21-point performance by senior Zach Noreen Saturday to drop its record to 5-3 when a player scores 20 or more points.
Noreen and junior Brock Lutes each own 16.9 points per game to sit tied for sixth in the NSIC. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom is leading the league with 10.4 rebounds per game. Senior Jake Schalow is providing 11.1 points per game, while shooting efficiently from the field (50.9%), 3-point land (48.4%) and charity stripe (91.2%).
• The Beavers lead the NSIC (all games) in steals (89 - 9.9 spg), are second in blocks (40 - 4.4 bpg) and are third in free throw percentage (73.4%) and assists (134 - 14.9 apg).
• In league games only, BSU is third in scoring defense (71.8 ppg allowed).
• Senior Maxie Rosenbloom recorded a career-high 21 points and a BSU program record 24 rebounds Dec. 6 versus St. Cloud State to post the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance in program history.
• Rosenbloom is first in the NSIC in rebounding with 10.4 boards per game, while his 64.0 percentage from the field is fourth.
• Senior Michael Farrington is averaging 2.0 steals per game to sit third in the NSIC.
The Golden Eagles
The Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team is 4-5 overall and 1-4 in conference play. UMC owns a three-game losing streak after falling last weekend on the road to Northern State (79-64) and MSU Moorhead (102-77). Ashton Harrell led or tied for the lead in scoring in each game last weekend with 10 and 16 points, respectfully. He leads the team in the category with 15.1 points per game. Two other players are in double-figures for the Golden Eagles, including Tyler West, who owns 10.2 points and a team-high 5.3 rebounds per game. UMC’s scoring margin in the five NSIC games this season is -16.7, which ranks 15th in the league. The Golden Eagles are coached by Jeff Oseth, who is in his 12th season at UMC.
Bemidji State has won 11 straight games and own a 42-13 all-time record versus Minnesota Crookston. BSU defeated UMC Nov. 30 in Crookston, Minn. by the score of 78-63. The last time the Beavers lost to the Golden Eagles was in Crookston, Feb. 10, 2008, 68-65. Prior to that loss, BSU had posted 10 straight victories against UMC.
NSIC Preseason Poll/BSU’s Player to Watch
Coming off an 18-12 overall record and a 13-9 league mark a season ago, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish 12th in the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Beavers were pegged to finish sixth in the NSIC North Division, while senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) was deemed BSU’s Player to Watch.
Against Ranked Opponents
In the first season under Mike Boschee, the Beavers went 3-3 versus nationally ranked opponents. The Beavers are 10-25 in the last eight seasons versus nationally ranked opponents.
Senior Maxie Rosenbloom totaled a Bemidji State program record 24 rebounds in a home victory against St. Cloud State Dec. 6. The school’s previous record was 20 set by Stacy Pearson-Taylor March 1, 2006 versus Minnesota State University Moorhead. The rebound total sits tied for third in NCAA Division II this season.
In NSIC games since 1998-99, only five players have recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game, while just two players have totaled more than 20 points and 20 rebounds in a contest (both did so in at least one overtime). In that same time span, no one has recorded more than 22 rebounds in either league or nonconference play. The NSIC record for rebounds is 32, set in 1975.
NSIC Player of the Week - Maxie Rosenbloom
After averaging 18.0 points and pulling down 17.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home weekend Dec. 6-7, senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom was honored as NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Dec. 9.
He recorded the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance in program history Friday in a 70-65 victory against St. Cloud State University (receiving votes nationally), as he totaled a career-high 21 points and added a program record 24 rebounds. Rosenbloom followed his third double-double of the season with his fourth Saturday in a 90-79 victory against University of Minnesota Duluth with 15 points and 11 rebounds. On the weekend, Rosenbloom shot 66.7 percent from the field, made his only 3-point attempt and went 19-for-25 (76%) from the free throw line. He added three blocks, two steals and two assists, while only turning the ball over four times in 32.5 minutes per game.
Home Sweet Home
The Beavers are 15-3 at the BSU Gymnasium under second-year head coach Mike Boschee. BSU is 3-0 versus teams ranked or receiving votes nationally and have won a postseason game at home. Bemidji State is 5-1 in 2013-14.
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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).