BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (18-6, 15-5 NSIC) concludes the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season Feb. 21-22 when it travels to University of Minnesota Duluth (10-14, 8-12 NSIC) and St. Cloud State University (17-7, 13-7 NSIC). Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. tip.
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The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Feb. 14-15. BSU lost 79-74 to No. 18 Minnesota State Friday before posting a 90-77 victory against Concordia-St. Paul. BSU has a share of the NSIC North Title, as it owns a two-game lead on SCSU and MSU Moorhead, a win clinches the outright title. BSU reached the 18 win mark for the sixth time in program history and third consecutive season, a milestone never accomplished in the 92-years of BSU men’s basketball. The Beavers have shot over 50 percent from the field 14 times this season and lead the league in the field goal percentage (52.0%). BSU leads the league in 3-point percentage (41.7%) and free throw percentage (76.6%). Individuals leading the NSIC: Brock Lutes in scoring (21.5 ppg), Maxie Rosenbloom in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (63.2%), Jake Schalow in 3-point percentage (56.2%).
Fast Break - Team Notes
• The Beavers need one win to secure their first NSIC North Title. The NSIC went to a North and South Division last season after expanding to 16 teams.
- Full standings and tie breaking criteria for tournament seeding available on page 9.
- NSIC Tournament Bracket on page 5.
• The 2013-14 team became the fourth BSU squad to earn an NCAA regional ranking Wednesday when the Beavers earned the No. 8 spot in the first edition of the NCAA Central Region Rankings. Top eight teams advance to the NCAA Tournament.
- Full NCAA Central Region rankings available on page 9.
• The Beavers have reached 18 wins for the sixth time in program history and the third consecutive season. Only four previous teams have reached 19 wins and two squads hitting 20 victories. The 2003-04 team went 20-10, while wins record sitting at 22, held by the 2011-12 team (22-9). Both those 20-win teams reached the NCAA Tournament.
• The four-year seniors own 69 career wins, two shy of tying the most wins (71) in a four-year span in program history (2001-2005).
• BSU’s 52.0 shooting percentage sits fourth in the nation, while its 41.7 percentage from beyond the arc is seventh and the 76.6 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 18th.
• 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 fifth 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 7.7 steals per game is third.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank fourth in the NSIC in scoring with 83.1 points per game. The teams scoring defense ranks fourth, allowing 71.5 points per game. BSU’s +11.7 scoring margin is third in the NSIC and 23rd nationally.
• The Beavers have recorded eight games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (37th nationally) in the category with 15.8 assists per game.
• In conference games, Bemidji State ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing a 32.0 percentage from beyond the arc. The team is fourth in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot at a 44.5 percent clip.
In the Paint - Player Notes
• Junior Brock Lutes recorded 43 points against U-Mary Feb. 8 to fall just one point shy of tying the BSU program record. The mark is tops in the NSIC this season and ranks tied for fifth nationally. He went 17-for-24 from the field and 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. The 17 field goals made tied the program record and ranks tied for second in the nation this year, while the eight 3-pointers was one shy of a program record and ranks tied for 18th nationally in 2013-14.
• Lutes has recorded 30 or more points in four consecutive games and seven times overall this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points even three times. Lutes’ 14 games with 20-plus points ranks first in the NSIC, while senior Zach Noreen owns 10 games in the 20’s to sit tied for third.
• Lutes ranks 16th nationally in scoring (21.5 ppg). Noreen sits fifth in the NSIC with 17.1 points per game.
• Lutes’ 188 field goals made sits 8th in the nation. He has attempted 361 field goals to rank 18th in the nation. Noreen’s 162 field goals made ranks 30th in the nation.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 93.5 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 fifth 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 9.5 rebounds per game is first in the league and 28th nationally, his 227 total rebounds is 17th in the nation.
• Rosenbloom owns 10 double-doubles this season to lead the league and rank 19th in NCAA Division II. He has 12 games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC.
• Senior Michael Farrington ranks second in the NSIC and 36th in the nation in steals per game with a 2.1 mark. His 51 total steals is 22nd nationally.
• Farrington has recorded more than 10 assists on three occasions, which includes 11 helpers twice. He is one of only two players to record double-digits in assists this season and ranks fourth in the NSIC in assists with 4.0.
* Individual NSIC rankings on page 6, team and individual NCAA rankings on page 17.
The Bulldogs are 10-14 overall and 8-12 in NSIC play. UMD ended a four-game losing streak Feb. 1 and started a three-game winning streak. The run was ended last weekend with road losses at Upper Iowa (87-85) and Winona State (68-64). The Bulldogs are 7-4 at home. Jordan Reetz has led the team in scoring three of the last five games and leads three players scoring in double-figures this season with 17.3 points per game. Reece Zoelle owns 15.3 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game.
The Beavers downed UMD 90-79 at home earlier this season and have won the last five meetings. All-time, BSU trails the series 43-85. Bulldogs head coach Matt Bowen served as head coach at Bemidji State from 2006-2012. BSU’s all-time assists leader, Bryce Tesdahl, is a graduate assistant under Bowen and the older brother of senior Brock Tesdahl. Bowen’s assistant Kevin Williamson was a graduate assistant at Bemidji State (2010-12).
The Huskies are 17-7 overall and 13-7 in NSIC play. SCSU has split its last four games (all on the road). The Huskies have protected home court this season, as they own an 11-1 home record in all games and an 8-1 mark in NSIC play. Four players are scoring in double-figures, guided by Jordan Poydras’ 15.5 points per game. Matt Craggs has recorded 14.9 points and a team-best 7.4 rebounds per game. St. Cloud State owns a +4.5 turnover margin in league play this season to rank second.
The Beavers defeated St. Cloud State at home earlier this season, 70-65 when SCSU was receiving votes nationally. BSU is 44-93 all-time against the Huskies, have won two straight, but are 3-7 in the last 10 meetings. Last season in St. Cloud, Minn., Bemidji State fell 68-60 to then-No. 14 St. Cloud State.
The Eight-Game Win Streak
The Beavers posted an eight-game win streak Jan. 4-31. The run tied a group of six teams to have posted an eight-game win streak, with the last coming Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 1973. The program record for consecutive wins is 14, established by the 1966-67 and 1951-52 teams.
In the eight-game winning streak, the Beavers averaged 84.1 points per game and allowed 71.4 points per game. BSU shot 57.4 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line, while it posted 16.3 assists per contest. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Brock Lutes’ 23.9 points per game. Zach Noreen totaled 18.8 points per game and shot 65.2 percent. Jake Schalow was 20-for-36 (55.6%) from long range with 15.0 points per game and Maxie Rosenbloom posted 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and shot 68.3 percent from the field.
18 Wins and Counting
The Beavers have 18 wins for the sixth time in program history and for the first time in three consecutive seasons.
Team Record (PCT.)
2013-14 18-6 (.750)
2012-13 18-12 (.600)
2011-12 22-9 (.710)
2003-04 20-10 (.667)
1972-73 19-7 (.731)
1966-67 19-5 (.792)
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.
NSIC Player of the Week - Brock Lutes x3
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.
He then earned the award Feb. 10 after totaling 73 points, shooting 64.3 percent from the field, 61.1 percent from 3-point range and 8-for-10 (80%) from the free throw line. He recorded 43 points Feb. 7, one shy of tying the program record.
Lutes earned his third award of the season Feb. 17 after he recorded his third and fourth consecutive game with 30 or more points Feb. 14-15 with 32 and 33 points, respectfully. He finished the weekend averaging 32.5 points per game and shot 62.9 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from 3-point land and 86.7 percent from the free throw line.
NSIC Player of the Week - Bemidji State
Brock Lutes (Feb. 17, Feb. 10 and 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. The five awards is the most since the 2011-12 team earned five and Lutes is one of just three players to record three or more honors in a season (James Ellisor and Charles Hanks).
Home Sweet Home
The Beavers are 22-5 at the BSU Gymnasium under second-year head coach Mike Boschee. BSU is 3-2 versus teams ranked or receiving votes nationally and have won a postseason game at home. Bemidji State is 12-3 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. BSU is 3-4 against the nationally ranked under Boschee and own a 10-26 record in the last nine 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).