BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (18-8) finished the 2013-14 regular season 15-7 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play to earn a share of the NSIC North Division Championship. The Beavers earned the No. 2 seed in the NSIC North and will host No. 7 seed of the NSIC South, Wayne State College (8-18, 5-17 NSIC), Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the first round of the NSIC Tournament are set at $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (65 and over), $2 for students and children under five are free. The first 400 BSU students will be admitted for free.
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The Beavers went 0-2 in the final weekend of the regular season Feb. 21-22, but finished the NSIC season with a 15-7 record to earn the team’s second championship in the past three seasons (2011-12 Overall NSIC Champions). The Beavers entered the weekend with a two-game lead for the outright title, but fell on the road at Minnesota Duluth, 81-65 and St. Cloud State, 92-60. BSU shared the championship with SCSU and MSU Moorhead. Bemidji State entered the weekend shooting a league-best 41.7 percent from 3-point range, but in the two games went 7-for-36 for a 19.4 percentage. In Saturday’s loss, BSU shot a season-low 36.1 percent from the field. Despite the poor shooting effort, the Beavers finished the regular season shooting 51.0 percent from the field to lead the league and rank seventh nationally. Bemidji State is second in 3-point percentage, shooting at a 40.2 percent clip.
Fast Break - Team Notes
• The winner of the first round game will advance to the quarterfinals and play the winner of Southwest Minnesota State University (No. 3 South Seed) and University of Mary (No. 6 North Seed) in Sioux Falls, S.D. Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
- NSIC Tournament Bracket on page 5.
• The 2013-14 team became the fourth BSU squad to earn an NCAA regional ranking Feb. 19 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, while two squads have hit 20 victories. The 2003-04 team went 20-10, while the wins record is 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 51.0 shooting percentage sits seventh in the nation, while its 40.2 percentage from beyond the arc is 18th and the 76.2 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 20th.
• 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 sixth in the nation this season.
• BSU has twice recorded 16 steals in a game this season, which is tied for second in the NSIC this season. The team’s 7.4 steals per game is third in the league.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank fifth in the NSIC in scoring with 81.5 points per game. The team’s scoring defense ranks fourth, allowing 72.6 points per game. BSU’s +8.9 scoring margin is fourth in the NSIC.
• The Beavers have recorded eight games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (56th nationally) in the category with 15.3 assists per game.
• In conference games, Bemidji State ranks first in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing a 33.1 percentage from beyond the arc. The team is fifth in field goal percentage defense, allowing their opponents to shoot at a 45.3 percent clip.
In the Paint - Player Notes
• Junior Brock Lutes finished the conference season with 22.2 points per game to earn the NSIC scoring title. He is the seventh player at Bemidji State to earn the scoring crown. The last was James Ellisor in 2011-12.
• Lutes has scored 552 points this season to rank seventh on BSU’s single season chart.
• 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 sixth 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 fourth in the nation this year, while the eight 3-pointers was one shy of a program record and ranks tied for 19th nationally in 2013-14.
• Lutes recorded 30 or more points in four consecutive games (Feb. 7-15) and seven times overall this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points even four 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 fifth.
• Lutes ranks 22nd nationally in scoring (21.2 ppg). Noreen sits eighth in the NSIC with 16.5 points per game.
• Lutes’ 200 field goals made sits 13th in the nation. He has attempted 397 field goals to rank 14th in the nation. Noreen’s 169 field goals made ranks 44th in the nation.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 93.7 percentage from the free throw line to rank second nationally (min. 2.5 made per game).
• Schalow finished the 22-game NSIC schedule with the best shooting percentage from 3-point land at 55.0 percent.
• Schalow’s 7-of-8 (87.5%) performance from 3-point land versus Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 ranks tied for seventh nationally for 3-point percentage (min. 7 made) in a game.
• Senior Maxie Rosenbloom finished with a league-leading 9.5 rebounds per game and shot an NSIC-best 62.1 percent from the field in the 22-game league slate.
• 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 246 total rebounds is 16th in the nation. It also is second in BSU history for rebounds in a season. He trails Scott Kramer’s record 273 rebounds, set in 1993-94.
• Rosenbloom owns 10 double-doubles this season to lead the league and rank 25th in NCAA Division II. He has 13 games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC.
• Senior Michael Farrington ranks second in the NSIC and 39th in the nation in steals per game with a 2.1 mark. His 54 total steals is 27th 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 3.9 helpers per game.
• He owns 102 assists this season to sit 12 shy of cracking BSU’s single season top 10.
* Individual NSIC rankings on page 6, team and individual NCAA rankings on page 17.
The Wildcats have lost 11 straight and are entering the postseason with an 8-18 overall and 5-17 NSIC record (3-8 NSIC road record). Wayne State went on the road to close the regular season Feb. 21-22 and lost 75-57 at Winona State University and 85-74 at Upper Iowa University. During the 11-game skid, the Wildcats have been outscored 81.1-64.2. Wayne State has three players scoring in double-figures, led by Ty Bauschek’s 11.7 points per game. Jared Bartling owns 9.5 points and a team-high 4.7 rebounds per game and is shooting 54.7 percent from the field.
The Beavers host Wayne State in the first round of the NSIC tournament for the third consecutive season (BSU won the previous two tournament meetings). Bemidji State is 19-26 all-time against the Wildcats and 5-1 in the last six meetings, which includes a 69-46 road win earlier this season. In that win, junior Brock Lutes totaled 25 points.
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 18-8 (.692)
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).