Men's Basketball hosts Northland, Crown for season-opening weekend

Men's Basketball hosts Northland, Crown for season-opening weekend
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Men's Basketball hosts Northland, Crown for season-opening weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team begins its 2015-16 campaign while welcoming in Northland College and Crown College, Nov.13-14. The Beavers will tip-off at 8 p.m. each night at BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minn.

The Series

  • BSU holds a 42-7 lead over Northland in the all-time series, dating back to Dec. 5, 1941. The Beavers are 4-1 in the last five meetings against the Lumberjacks while winning the most recent matchup, 69-59, Nov. 25, 2007 at the Wisconsin-Stout Tournament.
  • BSU won its only meeting with Crown, 100-60, Nov. 14, 2014 in Bemidji, Minn. Kaylor Zimmerman put up 13 points while sinking 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Shane White grabbed a team-high six rebounds, all as offensive boards.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • The Beavers come off an 8-19 record last season, finishing eighth in the NSIC North Division and 15th overall.
  • The 2015-16 NSIC Preseason Coaches Poll selected BSU to finish seventh in the NSIC North Division and 13th overall.
  • Bemidji State averaged 72.9 points and 32 rebounds per game during 2014-15.
  • The Beavers return four of their top six scorers, including the NSIC’s Player to Watch Kaylor Zimmerman. Zimmerman put up 7.9 points per game on 46.5 percent (72-155) shooting from the field. He ranked second on the team in assists and steals with 57 and 23, respectively.
  • Junior forward Shane White returns as the team’s leading rebounder and blocker, grabbing 4.8 boards per game and blocking 19 shots.
  • Seniors DJ Anderson and Irvin Womack, along with Zimmerman, return as the team’s captains for 2015-16.
  • Sophomore guard Christian Pekarek scored a career-high 24 points Feb. 14, 2015 at Minot State. The 24 points is the highest single-game total among returning student-athletes.
  • Pekarek also sank the most 3-point field goals among returning players with five Feb. 25, 2015 at Augustana.
  • Last season, BSU’s 72.9 points per game ranked 10th in the NSIC while its 77.5 points allowed per game ranked 13th.
  • Bemidji State shot .459 from the field, ranking 11th in the NSIC, and allowed .470 shooting from the field, ranking 13th.

Scouting Northland College

  • Northland enters the weekend selected to finish sixth in the 2015-16 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll after finishing last season with an 8-17 record.
  • The team’s eight wins was its most since 2007.
  • The Lumberjacks averaged 63 points while allowing 68.7 points per game.
  • Northland returns seven student-athletes, including all five starters. Eight newcomers join the Lumberjacks.
  • Guard Dan Campion returns after being named UMAC All-Conference Honorable Mention. He led the team with 3.6 assists per game, good for second in the conference.
  • Forward Bryshaun Brown, Northland’s only senior, returns as the team’s leading scorer with 8.5 points per game while putting up 4.8 rebounds per game.
  • As a team, the Lumberjacks shot 39.6 percent from the field and 30.7 percent from 3-point range. Northland averaged 30.1 rebounds per game.

Scouting Crown College

  • Crown was selected to finish seventh, just behind Northland, in the 2015-16 UMAC Preseason Coaches Poll.
  • The Storm finished with a 3-22 record while averaging 63.4 points per game.
  • Seven of the team’s top nine student-athletes in the rotation return, including three starters.
  • Junior James Brown returns after leading the UMAC in scoring with 17.4 points per game. He also nabbed 6.2 rebounds per game, ranking second on the team.
  • Sophomore Austin VanDerHeyden returns after being selected the UMAC Freshman of the Year. He led the team with 7.6 rebounds per game while ranking second in scoring with 11.6 points per game.
  • The Storm shot 38.3 percent from the field and 31.5 percent from behind the arc. Crown averaged 35.7 rebounds per game.

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).