BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (8-4, 5-3 NSIC) takes to the road for the first time in 2014 when it travels to Augustana College (9-5, 6-2 NSIC) and Wayne State College (6-6, 3-5 NSIC) Jan. 10-11 for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games. Friday’s contest against Augie is set for a 8 p.m. start, while Saturday’s game at WSC is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tip.
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The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 3-4. After falling to Winona State (who were receiving votes nationally) 87-86 in overtime Friday, the Beavers recorded their third 100-point game this season and second in three contests, as the squad defeated Upper Iowa 102-89. BSU shot 62.5 percent from the field for its second 60-plus percent shooting game in the last three contests. In league games this season, the Beavers rank second in field goal percentage, shooting at a 50.8 percent clip. After eight conference contests, junior Brock Lutes ranks third in scoring with 18.5 points per game, senior Zach Noreen is 10th in the same category (16.0 ppg), senior Maxie Rosenbloom is second in rebounding (9.4 rpg) and senior Jake Schalow is second in 3-point percentage (58.8 3FG%).
• BSU has twice recorded 16 steals in a game this season, which is an NSIC season-high. The team’s 9.5 steals per game is first in the league and ranks 15th nationally.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank second in the NSIC in scoring with 84.1 points per game.
• The Beavers have recorded five games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC in the category with 16.6 assists per game.
• Bemidji State owns a 41.2 percentage from beyond the arc to sit third in the league and 22nd in the nation.
• The Beavers shot 68.5 percent from the field against Minnesota Crookston (Dec. 20). The mark established a program record and ranks second in the NCAA this season.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 94.5 percentage from the free throw line to rank third nationally (min. 2.5 made per game).
• Schalow’s 7-of-8 (87.5%) performance from 3-point land versus Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 ranks tied for second nationally for 3-point percentage (min. 7 made) in a game.
• 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. The rebound total ties as the third best single-game performance in NCAA Division II this season.
• Rosenbloom’s 9.8 rebounds per game is first in the league and 35th nationally.
• Junior Brock Lutes has recorded 30 points twice this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points twice. He is forth in the NSIC in points (17.7 ppg).
The Vikings are 9-5 overall after starting 0-2. The squad has won three straight and are 5-1 in their last six. AC is 4-1 at home this season. Either Daniel Jansen or Casey Schilling has led the team in scoring in all but one game. Schilling owns 18.9 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game, while shooint 50.9 percent from the field. Jansen’s line reads 18.1 points, 6.4 rebounds per game and a 50.3 shooting percentage. In league games, the Vikings are second in scoring defense, allowing 69.1 points per game.
All-time, BSU is 5-8 against Augustana, but snapped a six-game losing streak to the Vikings last season with a 69-67 home win.
The Wildcats are 6-6 overall and are winners of three of their last four games. Six different players have led the team in scoring in the team’s first 12 games. Adol Aluong owns a team-high 12.5 points per game, while Ty Bauschek is averaging 12.1 points and a team-best 2.5 assists per game. Wayne State has struggled offensively in league games this season and with 62.0 points per game, rank last in the NSIC.
The Beavers are 18-26 all-time against the Wildcats, but own a 4-1 record against WSC in the last five meetings, which includes first round victories in the NSIC Tournament in each of the last two seasons. Bemidji State lost to Wayne State at home last season, 64-62.
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.
NSIC Player of the Week – Jake Schalow
Senior Jake Schalow recorded a career-high 30 points on an efficient 10-of-13 (76.9%) shooting from the field, a 7-of-8 (87.5%) effort from 3-point land and a perfect 3-for-3 performance from the free throw line in the 103-61 home victory against University of Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 to earn NSIC Player of the Week Dec. 23.
He followed Maxie Rosenbloom to earn the honor for BSU this season, marking the first time since 2011-12 the team had two players earn the award in the same season.
Home Sweet Home
The Beavers are 17-4 at the BSU Gymnasium under second-year head coach Mike Boschee. BSU is 3-1 versus teams ranked or receiving votes nationally and have won a postseason game at home. Bemidji State is 7-2 in 2013-14.
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.
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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).