Bemidji State set for home weekend with Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Bemidji State set for home weekend with Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University men's basketball is set to host its second to last home series of the 2014-15 season as it welcomes Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls to BSU Gymnasium, Feb. 6-7. Game times are set for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.

The weekends games have been designated as Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) "It's A Slam Dunk, Don't Drive Drunk" campaign. During the games, BSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) members will be collecting signatures from fans pledging not to drive drunk. Pledge stickers and window decals will be handed out to fans that pledge to join in this initiative. The institution, which collects the most pledges, and the institution with the greatest percentage of pledges based on total attendance will each receive a check for $500 that will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The Series

  • The Beavers trail Southwest Minnesota State in the all-time series as the Mustangs hold a 50-40 record dating back to Dec. 7, 1968. BSU is 5-0 in its last five meetings with the Mustangs, earning a 91-82 win Jan. 31, 2014 in Marshall, Minn.
  • With a young all-time series dating back to Nov. 20, 2011, the Beavers lead Sioux Falls 2-1. Last season when the teams met, BSU fell 87-78 but the Beavers took the first two games against the Cougars, both of which were in Bemidji.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • The Beavers (8-12, 4-12 NSIC) ended their four-game road stint last weekend taking on Winona State and Upper Iowa. The Beavers split the weekend falling to the Warriors, 75-68, and earning their second win of 2015 to snap an eight-game slide, upsetting the Peacocks, 88-85.
  • Clayton Elrod and Christian Pekarek boosted the offense against Upper Iowa as each recorded new career-highs with 16 and 12 points, respectively.
  • Elrod came off the bench to shoot 6-of-9 from the field and 2-of-4 from three-range, while Pekarek had his best percentage from the foul line going a perfect 6-of-6 and dished out a career-high seven assists.
  • The Beavers best game last weekend came at Upper Iowa as they outshot the Peacocks all-around, shooting 50.9 percent from the floor and 38.9 percent beyond the arc, while the Peacocks were 40 percent and 38.7 percent, respectively.
  • BSU crashed the boards hard to outwork UIU, 44 to 33. In the paint, the Beavers put up 40 points to Upper Iowa’s 24. The 44 rebounds goes down as the Beavers’ best all season.
  • Senior guard Brock Lutes paces the Beavers’ offense to average 16.8 points per contest and ranks eighth in the conference. Lutes is shooting 43.4 percent from the floor and 33.6 percent form beyond the arc.
  • Lutes also leads the squad in assists with 53 on the season and adds four blocks, 13 steals and 4.7 rebounds per game to his resume.
  • As a team, BSU ranks eighth in scoring in the NSIC, scoring 74.2 points a game, fourth in steals (6.8), seventh in blocks (2.8), ninth in assists (13.1), ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
  • Bemidji State is currently shooting 46.9 percent from the field and is 35.9 percent from three-point land.

Scouting Southwest Minn. State

  • Southwest Minnesota State brings a 10-12 overall record and a 6-10 conference record into the weekend after splitting at home with St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The Mustangs fell 76-55 to the Huskies, but defeated the Bulldogs, 78-59.
  • Joey Bartlett is the offensive leader for the Mustangs and a top-10 scorer in the NSIC, putting together a 14.9 scoring average as he shoots 43.9 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from three-point range.
  • Teammates Cole Martin and Mitch Weg follow, scoring 13.0 and 12.3 points per contest, respectively.
  • SMSU ranks fourth in the NSIC from the field (.480) and from beyond the arc (.402) after 22 games played. It also ranks sixth in the league for scoring (77.2), sixth in assists (14.0) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.2).

Scouting Sioux Falls

  • The Cougars are 7-15 overall and 4-12 in the NSIC entering the weekend after dropping two games at home and extending their losing streak to eight games. USF went down to the Bulldogs, 74-70, and to the Huskies, 76-61, last weekend.
  • Leading the way for the Cougars’ offense is Charles Ward with a 17.6 scoring average, is shooting 43.2 percent from the field and 33.7 from the arc.
  • Ward also leads the Cougars in rebounds (5.4) and steals (1.0). His scoring average lands him sixth in the NSIC.
  • Tom Aase is putting up the block for Sioux Falls, recording 1.7 blocks per contest and leads the NSIC as well.
  • Sioux Falls comes into the weekend shooting 44.5 percent from the floor and 32.7 from three-range. Their block efforts put them second in the league with a 4.2 average and hold the 10 spot in steals with 5.5 per game.