BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team opens its first full Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference weekend on the road at St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers (4-1, 1-0 NSIC) and Huskies (2-4, 0-1 NSIC) tipoff at 8 p.m. in Halenbeck Hall Friday while the Beavers and Bulldogs (4-2, 1-0 NSIC) play at 6 p.m. in Romano Gymnasium Saturday.
- The Beavers and Huskies first met Jan. 6, 1922, totaling a series of 142 games. SCSU leads the series, 97-45, including three of the last five meetings. The Huskies swept the Beavers last year with two wins, averaging 84 points and allowing 60 points per game to the Beavers.
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth meet for the 130th time, dating back to Feb. 21, 1931. BSU won five of the last six games with UMD taking the most recent matchup, 81-65, in Duluth, Minn.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State continues road-action after opening the NSIC schedule at Minnesota Crookston. After reaching a double-digit lead out of halftime, the Beavers sealed a 62-58 win with late free throws.
- Ben Best and Elijah Valdez led BSU with 13 points each, while Best added seven rebounds and five assists. Best shot 6-of-7 from the field as Valdez shot 4-of-8 from the field and 4-of-6 from the free throw line.
- Best has scored in double-digits in every game this season, including a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds against Concordia-St. Paul.
- In total, five Beavers reached double-digit scoring against the Golden Eagles: William Harvey, 12; DJ Anderson, 11; and Calvin Harrington, 11.
- Harrington, a true freshman, has scored in double-digits in three of five games this season. He leads the team in steals with eight.
- BSU shot 42.1 percent (24-57) from the field and 41.7 percent (5-12) from behind the arc against UMC.
- The Beavers are averaging 78.2 points per game while allowing an NSIC-low 58.6 points per game. The team pulls down 40.6 rebounds and allows 34.8 rebounds per game, a margin of +5.8. Bemidji State ranks second in the NSIC in offensive rebounds with 13.6 per game.
- BSU is shooting 44.4 percent (143-322) from the floor while allowing 37.5 percent (102-272) from the field and 31.0 percent (26-84) from 3-point land, which both rank second in the NSIC.
- Best leads the team’s shooting efforts with 68.2 percent (30-44) from the field, which ranks second in the NSIC. His 13.6 points per game lead the team and rank 18th in the conference. Best and William Harvey are tied for the team lead with 6.4 rebounds per game.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- The Huskies begin Friday’s game with a 2-4 overall mark and 0-1 in the NSIC.
- SCSU comes off a road loss to Minnesota Duluth, 68-66, in the conference opener. The winning shot came with nine seconds in the game as a layup sealed the win for UMD.
- Scottie Stone led the team with 19 points. Gage Davis followed with 15 points and a team-high 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season.
- Davis leads the team with 17.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The redshirt-freshman is shooting 53.9 percent (41-76) from the field and 56.3 percent (9-16) from behind the arc.
- SCSU averages 80.0 points per game, seventh in the NSIC, and allows 76.7 points, 12th in the NSIC. The Huskies are shooting 47.0 percent from the floor and 37.1 percent from long range.
- St. Cloud State pulls down 36.7 rebounds per game while allowing 29.5 per game. The rebound margin of +7.2 ranks fifth in the NSIC. SCSU leads the conference with 15.0 offensive rebounds per game.
- The Huskies are ranked in the league’s top-10 in several categories, including fifth in turnover margin (+1.83), sixth in free throw percentage (.725), sixth in steals (6.33 SPG), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.18), eighth in assists (14.17 APG), ninth in scoring margin (+3.3) and 10th in blocked shots (2.67 BPG).
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- The Bulldogs enter the weekend with a 4-2 overall mark and 1-0 in the NSIC.
- UMD won its most recent contest, 68-66, against St. Cloud State at home. With neither team creating more than six points of separation, the game-winning shot came from Peirre Newton with nine seconds in the game.
- Brendon Pineda led the team with 19 points, six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Newton followed with 16 points and five rebounds.
- Taylor Lavery leads the team with 18.2 points per game, while Newton leads with 7.8 rebounds per game.
- The Bulldogs average 74.8 points per game while allowing 76.7, ranking 12th and 11th, respectively. UMD shoots 42.5 percent from the floor and allows 44.9 percent. UMD is converting 31.3 percent of 3-point field goals while allowing 36.0 percent.
- The Bulldogs grab 37.0 rebounds per game while allowing 37.2, a rebound margin of -0.2. The margin ranks 13th in the NSIC.
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).