BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is set to host its final regular season weekend with Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University, Feb. 20-21. Tip offs are set for 8 and 6 p.m., respectively from BSU Gymnasium.
This weekend is also designated as Senior Weekend, where the Beavers will honor and recognize their 2014-15 senior class in Dillon Floyd and Brock Lutes.
- In the all-time series dating back to Feb. 17, 1928, the Beavers trail 83-92 against MSU Moorhead. Earlier this season, the teams met in Moorhead where the then-No. 8 Dragons defeated the Beavers by a final score of 89-69, Jan. 24, 2015.
- Against Northern State, the Wolves hold a 58-25 all-time edge over the Beavers coming into the weekend, which dates back to Dec. 18, 1959. When the teams met earlier this season in Aberdeen, the Wolves took the game 81-62, Jan. 23, 2015.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers (8-14, 4-14 NSIC) dropped both of their final regular season road games at University of Mary, 75-66 and to Minot State University, 84-76.
- Shane White led the Beavers’ offense against U-Mary, scoring 12 points and added seven rebounds. White was 4-of-10 from the floor and dished out three assists.
- BSU finished with 12 3-pointers against the Marauders and shot 44 percent from the floor.
- The Beavers had four in double figures against Minot State, as Christian Pekarek led all scorers with a career-high 24 points. He hit four 3-pointers and added five rebounds in the loss.
- Irvin Womack added three 3s and scored a career-high 15, while Clayton Elrod knocked down three more triples and 11 points.
- Womack and Pekarek now lead the Beavers in 3-point percentage with each 48 percent going 15-for-31.
- Senior guard Brock Lutes has paced the Beavers’ offense for most of the season averaging 16.6 points per contest, which ranks eighth in the conference.
- Lutes is shooting .429 from the floor and .331 form beyond the arc. He also leads BSU in assists, dishing out 58 (2.8) on the season and adds four blocks, 14 steals and 4.7 rebounds per game to his resume.
- As a team, BSU ranks fifth in steals (6.4), eighth in blocks (2.8), ninth in scoring in the NSIC with 73.4 points a game and ninth in assists (13.0).
- Bemidji State enters the weekend currently shooting .461 from the field and is .362 from three-point land. BSU’s field goal percentage ranks it ninth in the league.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
- No. 8 MSU Moorhead ranks second in the conference overall as it owns a 27-2 record and an 18-2 mark in league play. The Dragons swept its final regular season series at home last weekend against Minnesota Duluth, 89-67, and St. Cloud State, 94-76.
- The Dragons are currently shooting 50 percent from the floor and 77 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks them second in the NSIC for both.
- MSUM leads the league in assist/turnover ratio (2.0) and is also third in blocked shots (3.4), assists (16.0) and turnover margin (+2.45).
- Pacing the offense for MSUM is Jordan Riewer with a 17.1 scoring average, shooting .518 from the floor and .521 from three-range.
- His field goal shooting percentage spots him third in the conference. Riewer also leads in rebounds (4.9), which puts him second in the league and assists (5.5).
Scouting Northern State
- The Wolves come into the final regular season weekend holding a 19-7 overall record and a 13-7 mark in the NSIC after losing two games last weekend against St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth. NSU fell by scores of 92-81 and 67-63, respectively.
- Northern State is currently shooting 48.4 percent from the field with a 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
- With its numbers, NSU is ranked fourth and seventh in the league, respectively.
- The Wolves rank high amongst the league in a few categories, including fourth in blocked shots (3.0), sixth in assists (13.7), sixth in scoring (77.2), seventh in free throw percentage (.706) and ninth in steals (5.8).
- Seth Bachand leads the Wolves’ offense scoring 13.8 point per contest, while shooting 62 percent from the floor and 60 percent from the foul line.
- Bachand also paces the team in rebounds with 8.0 per game and in blocks with 31 on the season. He is second in the NSIC for rebounds, second for free throw shooting, third in field goal shooting and seventh in blocks.