Beavers head to Northern State and #8 MSU Moorhead, Jan. 23-24
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Beavers head to Northern State and #8 MSU Moorhead, Jan. 23-24

BEMIDJI, Minn. - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team heads on the road to start a four-game stretch at Northern State University and No. 8 Minnesota State University Moorhead, Jan. 23-24. Tip offs set for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. 

The Series

  • In the all-time series starting Dec. 18, 1959, Northern State holds a 57-25 record over Bemidji State. BSU defeated the Wolves last season Jan. 18, 2014 by a score of 85-77 in Bemidji, Minn. to break a four-game losing streak in the series.
  • MSU-Moorhead holds a 91-83 edge over the Beavers in the all-time series dating back to Feb. 17, 1928. The Beavers are 2-3 in the last five meetings as they defeated the Dragons last season 77-71, Jan. 17, 2014.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • The Beavers (7-9, 3-9 NSIC) dropped two tough games at home last weekend as they fell to Minnesota State 84-66 Friday and Concordia-St. Paul 70-66 Saturday. BSU played both its games off campus for the first time as it moved the games to the Sanford Center, home of BSU hockey.
  • The Beavers (7-9, 3-9 NSIC) dropped two tough games at home last weekend as they fell to Minnesota State 84-66 Friday and Concordia-St. Paul 70-66 Saturday. BSU played both its games off campus for the first time as it moved the games to the Sanford Center, home of BSU hockey.
  • Kaylor Zimmerman led the offense on the weekend charting 10.5 points per contest, including 12 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting against Concordia-St. Paul.
  • Brock Lutes paced the team against Minnesota State with 15 points as well as the rebounding effort with four boards.
  • Freshman Christian Pekarek recorded his first collegiate points, scoring two in his 22 minutes of action against the Mavericks and followed that up with a new career-high five points in the Beavers loss to the Golden Bears.
  • Pekarek also led the team with a career-high eight rebounds and four assists Saturday.
  • Shane White and Clayton Elrod led BSU against the Golden Bears with 14 points each. White shot 6-of-15 from the floor, while Elrod was 4-of-8 on three-point shooting.
  • White averaged 10.0 points a game on the weekend and 3.5 rebounds a game, including four defensive boards. He now leads the Beavers’ rebounding with a 5.2 average and 83 total boards.
  • White is ranked ninth among the league-best in offensive boards with a 2.2 average.
  • Elrod’s 14 points marks a new career-high, which beat a previous 13 points at Minnesota Duluth earlier this season.
  • The Beavers are currently shooting 47.4 from the floor and from beyond the arc they have a 34.5 rating. BSU is averaging as a team 74.8 points per contest while its opponents have been producing a 74.4 average against them.

Scouting Northern State

  • The Wolves come into their game against the Beavers holding a 15-3 overall record and a 9-3 mark in the NSIC. Nationally, Northern State is receiving votes in the NABC Coaches Poll.
  • Last weekend, NSU went 2-0 on the road as they defeated Southwest Minnesota State University Friday 98-90 and then University of Sioux Falls Saturday 65-54.
  • Northern State is currently shooting 48.9 percent from the field with a 39.2 percent rating from beyond the arc. With its numbers, NSU is ranked fourth in the league and fifth, respectively.
  • The Wolves rank high amongst the league in a few categories, including fourth in free throw percentage (.729), fifth in blocked shots (2.9 BPG), sixth in assists (14.0 APG), seventh in scoring (78.6 PPG) and eighth in steals (5.6 SPG).
  • Seth Bachand leads Northern State’s offense scoring 14.7 point per contest, while shooting 67.1 percent from the floor and 68.5 percent from the foul line.
  • Bachand also paces the team in rebounds with 8.7 per game and in blocks with 24 on the season. He is second in the NSIC for rebounds and tied for fifth in blocks.

Scouting MSU Moorhead

  • The Dragons enter the weekend owning a 20-1 overall record and an 11-1 mark in conference action. MSU Moorhead is ranked eighth nationally in the Division II NABC Coaches Poll and holds the number one spot in the NSIC.
  • MSUM’s 20-1 overall record is its best record through 21 games in school history since 1970-71, when MSUM also went 20-1. 1970-71 was also the last time the men’s basketball team ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
  • For the first time since transitioning to NCAA Division II, the Dragons are ranked in the top 10 in the nation.
  • MSU Moorhead is on an eight-game win streak that they extended last weekend taking down Sioux Falls 81-65 and Southwest Minnesota State 79-57.
  • The Dragons are ranked first in multiple categories among the league, including scoring margin (+20.1), free throw percentage (.768), field goal percentage (.502), three-point percentage (.435) and in assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
  • Jordan Riewer paces the dominant offense with 16.1 points per contest, shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 53.1 percent from beyond the arc. He also leads in rebounds (4.8 RPG) and assists (5.7 APG).
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