BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (14-4, 11-3 NSIC) concludes a four-game road trip on a seven-game winning streak Jan. 31-Feb. 1 when it battles Southwest Minnesota State University (13-7, 10-4 NSIC) and University of Sioux Falls (9-9, 6-8 NSIC) in two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games. Friday’s contest with the Mustangs is scheduled for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s game with the Cougars is set for a 6 p.m. tip.
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The Beavers improved to 14-4 overall and 11-3 in NSIC play Jan. 24-25 by going on the road and defeating U-Mary (68-59) and Minot State (84-68) to extend their winning streak to seven games. The winning streak is the longest by BSU since the 2004-05 team rattled off seven straight from Jan. 22-Feb. 18. The Beavers have won four straight road games for the first time since the 2004-05 squad posted four road wins during their streak. During the winning streak, Bemidji State is shooting 56.9 percent, helping its season shooting percentage to a league-best 51.6 percent (eighth nationally). BSU also leads the NSIC in free throw percentage (76.3%) and 3-point percentage (41.1%). Senior Maxie Rosenbloom is second in the NSIC and tied for 16th nationally in total rebounds with 171 boards (9.5 rpg).
• BSU’s 51.6 shooting percentage sits eighth in the nation, while its 41.1 percentage from beyond the arc is 14th in the nation and the 76.3 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 19th.
• The Beavers shot 71.2 percent from the field Jan. 10 at Augustana to establish a program record and post a mark that stands first in NCAA Division II this season. The squad shot 68.5 percent Dec. 20 versus Minnesota Crookston to break the previous school record. The shooting effort is fourth in the nation this season.
• BSU has twice recorded 16 steals in a game this season, which is an NSIC season-high. The team’s 8.4 steals per game is second in the league and ranks 35th nationally.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank third in the NSIC in scoring with 82.7 points per game. The teams scoring defense also ranks third, allowing 69.6 points per game. BSU’s +13.1 scoring margin is third in the NSIC and 21st nationally.
• The Beavers have recorded six games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (39th nationally) in the category with 15.9 assists per game.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 94.0 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 third nationally for 3-point percentage (min. 7 made) in a game.
• Schalow is shooting an NSIC-best 54.2 percent from the field.
• 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 9.5 rebounds per game is first in the league and 30th nationally, while his 64.8 shooting percentage also ranks first in the NSIC.
• Rosenbloom owns seven double-doubles this season to sit tied for the lead the league and rank 25th in NCAA Division II.
• Senior Michael Farrington ranks second in the NSIC and ranks 50th in the nation in steals per game with a 2.1 mark. His 37 steals is 38th nationally.
• Junior Brock Lutes has recorded 30 points three times this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points three times. Lutes’ nine games with 20-plus points ranks tied for first in the NSIC, while senior Zach Noreen’s eight games is tied for second. Lutes is second the league in scoring with 19.3 points per game, while Noreen sits sixth with 17.2 points per game.
The Mustangs are 13-7 overall, 10-4 in league play and are 8-2 in their last 10 games. Four of SMSU’s last five wins have been decided by two points, which include buckets in the final five seconds of play in last weekend’s road sweep of Wayne State (58-56) and Augustana (77-75). SMSU is number two (behind BSU) in field goal percentage in league play this season, shooting at a 50 percent clip. The Mustangs have a balanced attack with six players averaging 8.5 points per game or more (five in double-figures). Leading the team in scoring is Vinard Birch’s 11.7 points per game. He owns 4.5 assists per game to rank third in the NSIC.
BSU has won four straight against SMSU after losing the previous eight meetings. The Beavers are 39-50 all-time against the Mustangs. Last season at home, Bemidji State recorded a 72-57 victory, while the last time the teams met in Marshall, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2012), BSU snuck away on a nearly half court buzzer beater to win 79-78.
The Cougars are 9-9 overall, 6-8 in NSIC play and are 3-1 in their last four contests. USF is 8-2 at home this season, which includes a 3-1 record in the last four home games. Eight different players have led the team in scoring in the 18 games this season. Charles Ward owns a team-high 12.4 points per game, while Jordan Stotts has totaled 10.8 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. Saturday will pit BSU’s NSIC-best (league games only) 42.2 3-point percentage against USF’s NSIC-worst 45.6 3-point percent defense.
The Beavers and Cougars have met just three times with BSU winning all three times (72-69 home win last season). Bemidji State has never played at USF.
The Seven-Game Win Streak
The Beavers are on a seven-game win streak, the longest under head coach Mike Boschee. The last seven-game win streak came Jan. 22-Feb. 18, 2005. Six teams have posted an eight-game win streak, with the last coming Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 1973. No BSU team has ever landed on nine straight wins, but four teams have recorded 10 or more wins in a row. The program record for consecutive wins is 14, established by the 1966-67 and 1951-52 teams.
In the seven-game winning streak, the Beavers are averaging 83.1 points per game and allowing 69.9 points per game, shooting 56.9 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.1 percent from the free throw line and averaging 15.6 assists per contest. Four players are scoring in double-figures, led by Brock Lutes’ 23.6 points per game. Zach Noreen owns 18.0 points per game and is shooting 62.8 percent. Jake Schalow is 16-for-30 (53.3%) from long range with 15.1 points per game and Maxie Rosenbloom owns 12.1 points and 9.9 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 nine games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC. He owns seven double-doubles to sit tied for first 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).