Beavers Men's Basketball opens NSIC schedule at Golden Eagles

Beavers Men's Basketball opens NSIC schedule at Golden Eagles
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Beavers Men's Basketball opens NSIC schedule at Golden Eagles

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team plays in its road- and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-opener at University of Minnesota Crookston at 4 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) come off their first loss of the season and look to continue series dominance against Golden Eagles (2-2, 0-0 NSIC).

The Series

  • Bemidji State and Minnesota, Crookston meet for the 60th time in the series, led by BSU, 45-14.
  • The Beavers and Golden Eagles last met Dec. 19, 2014 in Crookston, Minn., won by UMC, 73-64.
  • DJ Anderson scored 11 points, knocking down 5-of-6 shots from the free-throw line, while adding three steals and one assist. Shane White reached seven points while grabbing seven rebounds.
  • The Beavers have not lost consecutive games to the Golden Eagles since Feb. 5-March 8, 1927. BSU is 42-7 since that time and is 13-1 in the last 14 games.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State comes off an 80-70 loss to Concordia University-St. Paul its non-conference schedule finale.
  • Ben Best recorded his first double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 7-of-13 from the field while grabbing six offensive and five defensive boards.
  • Irvin Womack followed with 13 points while DJ Anderson and Elijah Valdez totaled 12 and 10, respectively.
  • After trailing 43-30 at halftime, BSU pulled to within five points with just over four minutes to go. CSP missed just one of two shots from the field the rest of the way while adding 11 free throws.
  • The Beavers totaled six turnovers compared to 12 for the Golden Bears, turning into 14 points for BSU.
  • Bemidji State’s bench continued to produce while outscoring Concordia-St. Paul’s, 32-25. BSU also won the second-chance battle with 16 points off offensive rebounds compared to four for CSP.
  • The Beavers average 82.2 points per game while shooting 44.9 percent (119-265) from the field, 31.3 percent (35-112) from the perimeter and 65.1 percent (56-86) from the charity stripe. BSU leads in the rebound margin, +5.4, while pulling down 41.2 boards per game.
  • Best leads the team with 13.8 points per game followed by Elijah Valdez with 11.5 and Christian Pekarek with 10.3. William Harvey leads with 6.8 rebounds, 29 percent coming on the offensive side. Pekarek is the lead distributor, dishing out 5.3 assists per game.

Scouting Minnesota Crookston

  • The Golden Eagles split their most recent games at the Merrill Thompson Tip-Off Classic in Superior, Wis., Nov. 20-21. Minnesota Crookston first edged out Valley City State University, 63-60, before falling to University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 81-79.
  • UMC opened the game with a 28-24 halftime lead before being outscored in the second half, 36-35. Derrick Redd led UMC in scoring with 25 points on 10-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from behind the arc.
  • UW-River Falls went on a scoring run at the end of the first half to take a commanding 45-26 lead into halftime. UMC cut the lead to just one point in the whaning minutes but fell just short in the comeback bid. Redd again led in scoring with 19 points while adding four assists and two steals.
  • The Golden Eagles average 46 percent (104-226) from the field and 40.7 percent (37-91) from the perimeter, while sinking 71.4 percent (40-56) of free-throw attempts. UMC trails in the rebound margin, -7.7, while grabbing 30.5 boards per game.
  • Redd leads the team with 16.8 points per game, while Nate Lorenz paces the boards with 4.8 rebounds per game. Ben Grygiel, scoring 11.8 points per game, leads UMC’s 3-point attack while averaging 58.8 percent (10-17) from long-range.

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).