BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (12-4, 9-3 NSIC) takes to the road to defend its five-game winning streak Jan. 24-25 when it battles University of Mary (4-13, 2-10 NSIC) and Minot State University (6-10, 2-10 NSIC) in two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games. Friday’s contest is set for an 8 p.m. tip, while Saturday’s game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.
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The Beavers lead the NSIC North with a 9-3 record (12-4 overall) after sweeping a league home weekend. The Beavers defeated Minnesota State University Moorhead 77-71 Friday before they posted an 85-77 victory against Northern State University, two teams they were tied with for the NSIC North lead entering the weekend. BSU has won five straight (longest active win streak in the NSIC entering weekend) and are 6-1 in its last seven games. During the last seven games, BSU is shooting 57.4 percent and averaging 88.4 points per game. Junior Brock Lutes ranks second in the NSIC in scoring (19.2 ppg), while senior Maxie Rosenbloom leads the league in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (63.4%) and senior Jake Schalow leads the conference in 3-point percentage (54.8%).
• BSU has twice recorded 16 steals in a game this season, which is an NSIC season-high. The team’s 8.9 steals per game is first in the league and ranks 24th nationally.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank third in the NSIC in scoring with 83.6 points per game.
• The Beavers have recorded six games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (37th nationally) in the category with 16.3 assists per game.
• BSU’s 51.2 shooting percentage sits 9th in NCAA Division II this season, while its 42.4 percentage from beyond the arc is 13th in the nation and the 76.1 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 24th.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 95.7 percentage from the free throw line to rank 1st 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 third 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 9.3 rebounds per game is first in the league and 37th nationally.
• Senior Michael Farrington leads the NSIC and ranks 33rd in the nation in steals per game with a 2.2 mark. His 35 steals is 29th nationally.
• Junior Brock Lutes has recorded 30 points three this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points three times. Lutes’ eight games with 20-plus points ranks tied for first in the NSIC, while senior Zach Noreen’s seven games is tied for second.
The Marauders are just 2-10 in league play this season, but both wins came last weekend in a home sweep of St. Cloud State (88-83 2OT) and Minnesota Duluth (83-67). U-Mary had lost 13 straight prior to last weekend, but two of those losses came in overtime. Marc Musungayi was named NSIC Player of the Week Jan. 20 after averaging 25 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. He leads the team in scoring (12.4 ppg) and rebounds (5.9 rpg) per game. The contest will pit BSU’s top 3-point percentage of 44.1 percent in league play against the Marauders’ fourth-best 3-point defense (allowing 33.0 percent to opponents).
BSU is 6-9 all-time against U-Mary, but have won the last four meetings, which includes a season sweep last year. In Bismarck, N.D. last season, the Beavers defeated the Marauders 63-56 behind a team-high 12 points by Maxie Rosenbloom.
Minot State is 6-10 overall and 2-10 in NSIC play. MISU enters the weekend on a six-game losing streak and are 1-10 in its last 11 games. Last weekend the Beavers fell 88-80 to Minnesota Duluth and 88-85 in overtime to St. Cloud State. E.J. Williams led the team in scoring last weekend and is leading the squad this season with 15.9 points per game. Four players are scoring in double-figures, which includes Samuel Johnson, who owns 11.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Minot State’s -6.2 scoring margin in league play this season ranks tied for 11th.
Bemidji State is 8-5 all-time against its fellow Beavers. Last season BSU split the season series with Minot State, which included an 86-76 road loss. Prior to that loss, Bemidji State had won three straight. In the loss, MISU shot 56 percent from the field, 64.3 percent from long range and hit 21-of-26 (80.8%) of its free throws.
Five Game Win Streak
The Beavers are on a five-game win streak, the second longest under head coach Mike Boschee. BSU rattled off six straight last season to make an appearance in the NSIC Tournament Championship. The last seven-game win streak came Jan. 22-Feb. 18, 2005.
In the five-game winning streak, the Beavers are averaging 86.0 points per game and allowing 72.4 points per game, shooting 57.4 percent from the field, 47.3 percent from beyond the arc and 82.0 percent from the free throw line and averaging 16.6 assists per contest. Four players are scoring in double-figures, led by Brock Lutes’ 25.0 points per game. Zach Noreen owns 17.8 points per game and is shooting 62.5 percent. Jake Schalow is 11-for-20 (55%) from long range with 14.8 points per game and Maxie Rosenbloom owns 12 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
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.
Rosenbloom has seven games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC. He owns five double-doubles to sit tied for second in the league.
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.
NSIC Player of the Week - Brock Lutes
Brock Lutes was honored as NSIC Player of the Week Jan. 13 after the junior averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 65.5 percent from the field to guide BSU to an NSIC road weekend sweep Jan. 10-11. Lutes went 19-of-29 from the field, 8-for-16 (50%) from the 3-point range and 13-of-14 (92.9%) from the charity stripe
NSIC Player of the Week - Bemidji State
Brock Lutes (Jan. 13), Jake Schalow (Dec. 23) and Maxie Rosenbloom (Dec. 9) have all been honored as NSIC Player of the Week award recipients in 2013-14. The last time three different Beavers earned the recognition in the same season was 2004-05. The accomplishment has happened four times since 2002-03.
Home Sweet Home
The Beavers are 19-4 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 9-2 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).