BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Boschee announced the 2014-15 schedule Monday, which is highlighted by a Division I exhibition game, four nonconference home games and the 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference slate.
The Beavers, the 20143-14 NSIC North Champions, will return to Cedar Rapids, Iowa Nov. 9 to battle University of Northern Iowa in an exhibition contest for the second consecutive season. BSU lost last season to the Panthers 71-48, but only trailed 26-23 at the half. Boschee and UNI bench boss Ben Jacobson were teammates at University of North Dakota and both were inducted into the UND Hall of Fame as members of the 1989-90 team.
Seven home games begin the 2014-15 season for the Beavers, as Crown College (Nov. 14), Mayville State University (Nov. 21), Viterbo University (Nov. 22) and University of Minnesota, Morris (Nov. 25) all visit BSU Gymnasium for nonconference action.
Bemidji State remains at home for the start of the NSIC play, as University of Minnesota Crookston heads east on Highway 2 looking to snap BSU’s 12-game win streak in the series.
BSU then hosts St. Cloud State University Dec. 5 and University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 6 for a pair of revenge contests. After sweeping the two teams at home a season ago, the Beavers fell on the road to SCSU and UMD in the final weekend of regular season play. The losses erased a chance for Bemidji State to secure the sole NSIC North Title and forced a three-way tie for the top spot between BSU, SCSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The Beavers conclude the 2014 calendar year on the road at Augustana College and Wayne State College Dec. 12-13, respectfully. Last season BSU traveled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota and shot 71.2 percent from the field, which established a program record and was the best shooting performance in NCAA Division II for 2013-14, to earn a victory.
Bemidji State cooled off a bit the next night at Wayne State and shot 47 percent, but it was good enough for a 69-46 win. BSU would shoot 47 percent at home against the Wildcats in the first round of the NSIC Tournament, but WSC would be the team with the big night, as it shot 55.2 percent to win 88-76 to not only knock off the No. 2 seed of the North, but end Bemidji State’s season.
A trip to battle travel partner, Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 puts a bow on 2014.
The new year begins with a home weekend Jan. 2-3 against visiting Minot State University and University of Mary. Bemidji State swept the season series with both teams a season ago, which included an 83-60 home win versus MISU and 90-77 victory against U-Mary at BSU Gymnasium.
The Beavers hit the road to play Minnesota Duluth Jan. 9 and St. Cloud State Jan. 10 before returning home against Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 16 and Concordia University, St. Paul Jan. 17. Last season BSU fell to then-No. 18 Minnesota State 79-74 in a game that saw 17 lead changes and a tie game on 19 occasions. The next evening, the Beavers downed the Golden Bears 90-77 on senior night.
A four-game road trip begins Jan. 23-24 at Northern State University and MSU Moorhead, respectfully. Bemidji State spilt the season series with both squads a season ago, which included road losses that extended BSU’s road losing streak at MSU Moorhead to four and at Northern State to three games.
The roadie continues at Winona State University Jan. 30 and Upper Iowa University Jan. 31. BSU hosted the two teams in 2013-14 and after a heartbreaking 87-86 overtime loss to Winona State, the Beavers rebounded with a 102-89 victory against the Peacocks.
Bemidji State wraps its contests against the NSIC South Feb. 6-7 when Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls head north to Bemidji. BSU traveled to SMSU last season and used a late 12-0 run to post a 91-82 victory, which moved the Beavers’ winning streak to eight. The run ended the next night, as BSU failed to score during the final four minutes of the first half and never recovered in an 87-78 loss to USF.
The final four games feature teams Bemidji State will see earlier in the season, as it wraps up the season series with U-Mary and Minot State, Feb. 13-14 on the road before returning home for the regular season finale against MSU Moorhead and Northern State, Feb. 20-21.
All 16 teams will again make the NSIC Tournament and will be seeded based on their finish within their respective divisions. The first round of the tournament will be held on campus sites, while the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship games will be held Feb. 28-March 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D. at Sanford Pentagon.
The Beavers went 18-9 overall and 15-7 in NSIC play in 2013-14 to earn a share of the NSIC North Championship – its second league title in three years. BSU recorded 18 wins for the sixth time in program history and reached the 18-win plateau for the third season in a row. At the conclusion of the season, junior guard Brock Lutes (Portland, Ore.) was named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team. BSU returns just one starter (Lutes), but nine total players and will welcome around seven new players to the fold.
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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).