BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hits Highway 2 Friday as it takes on rival University of Minnesota Crookston for its finals game of 2014. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium.
- The Beavers own a 43-13 edge all-time against the Golden Eagles and currently hold a 13-game win streak over Minnesota Crookston. BSU defeated UMC at home to kick off the 2014-15 NSIC action Nov. 29, 78-50.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers (6-3, 2-3 NSIC) snapped a three-game slide with a weekend split as they fell Friday to then No. 18 Augustana, 90-71, but prevailed at Wayne State Saturday with an 87-80 win.
- Ben Best recorded 16 points against Augie and did not miss a shot in the first half to finish the game shooting 7-of-8 from the field and added two free throws. It marks back-to-back games where Best has led the team scoring 16 points.
- Alexander Sattley also posted 16 points versus the Vikings, which was a career-high.
- The Beavers’ game versus the Wildcats marked the third time they have scored over 80 points this season.
- Lutes led the team to victory over Wayne State Saturday as he charted his first double-double of the season to lead the Beavers with 27 points and 11 rebounds.
- Lutes also added 11 points and led with four assists against Augustana Friday.
- Lutes is second in the NSIC for scoring as he averages 18.0 PPG and he is tied for eighth in three-point field goals made with a 2.1 average.
- DJ Anderson came off the bench to tie a season and career-high 15 points and led the team with a career-high five steals at Wayne State.
- Anderson is tied for third among the league best in steals (1.8 SPG) and as a team, BSU is ranked second in steals with an 8.8 game average.
- The Beavers rank in the top five of a few other categories in the NSIC as they are currently ranked fourth in field goal percentage (49.7%) and fourth in turnover margin (+1.78).
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- The Golden Eagles (4-5, 2-3 NSIC) are coming off a split weekend as well. UMC defeated Wayne State in a 61-57 win on Friday but then fell to then No. 18 Augustana 67-50.
- Pacing UMC is Tyler West with 13.4 points per game as he shoots 38.8 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from three-point range. West has added 49-of-65 free throws this season.
- West not only leads UMC in rebounding but he is ranked second among the league’s best with 8.9 rebounds per game.
- Derrick Redd is second on the squad in scoring to average 11.9 points per game and leads the Golden Eagles from the arch with a 45.5 percent rating.
- UMC is currently shooting 37.6 percent from the field, 31.7 percent from the arch and is outshooting its opponents at the charity stripe with a 68 percent rating.