Beavers and Golden Eagles close out 2015 schedule

Beavers and Golden Eagles close out 2015 schedule
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Beavers and Golden Eagles close out 2015 schedule

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University and University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball programs will meet for the second time this season to close out the 2015 schedule. The Beavers (5-4, 2-3 NSIC) and Golden Eagles (3-6, 1-4 NSIC) tip off at 7 p.m. in Bemidji, Minn., at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Series

  • The Beavers and Golden Eagles meet for the 61st time in the series, led by BSU, 46-14. Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston first met Jan. 13, 1922, a 21-15 win by UMC. The BSU-UMC series took a break from 1934-1994. The two teams have played every year since ‘94.
  • The Beavers won the first matchup of the season against the Golden Eagles, 62-58, Nov. 28 in Crookston, Minn. Ben Best and Elijah Valdez each totaled 13 points while Calvin Harrington grabbed nine rebounds.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State comes off a weekend split against No. 2 Augustana University and Wayne State College. The Beavers fell to the Vikings, 91-61, and grabbed their first home NSIC win, 79-69, against the Wildcats.
  • Sophomore Jordan Rhodes put up a career-high 16 points against Augustana, shooting 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the arc. Irvin Womack and Harrington reached double-digit scoring, as all three came off the bench.
  • Best scored a career-high 28 points while recording his third double-double of the season with 11 boards versus Wayne State. Womack scored 12 points for the second consecutive night while earning a spot in the starting line-up.
  • Best’s double-double was the first instance of 25+ points and 10+ rebounds since James Ellisor recorded 25 points and 15 rebounds Nov. 20, 2011 versus University of Sioux Falls.
  • The Beavers shot 37.9 percent from the field and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. BSU pulled down 31.5 rebounds per game against AU and WSC.
  • The Beavers are averaging 73.3 points per game, 12th in the NSIC, while allowing 67.4 points, second in the NSIC. BSU pulls down 38.2 rebounds and allows 38.3 rebounds per game, a margin of -0.1 to rank 11th in the NSIC.
  • BSU is shooting 42.8 percent (240-561) from the floor while allowing 41.4 percent (213-515) from the field and 36.5 percent (58-159) from 3-point land.
  • Best leads the team and ranks 17th in the NSIC with 13.8 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 59.5 percent (50-84) from the field (third in the NSIC) while totaling 6.9 rebounds per game (eighth in the NSIC) and 1.6 blocks (second in the NSIC).
  • Senior DJ Anderson ranks second on the team with 9.3 points per game on 40.6 percent (28-69) from the field. He leads the team in assists (3.4 APG) with a 2.38 assist/turnover ratio.

Scouting Minnesota Crookston

  • Minnesota Crookston split an NSIC-home weekend against Wayne State and Augustana. The Golden Eagles earned their first conference win, 70-68, against the WIldcats before falling, 92-60, to No. 2 Augustana.
  • Kobe Critchley scored 18 points while C.J. Polk followed with 16 in UMC’s win against WSC. The Golden Eagles held a 16-point lead in the second half before sealing the game with a late free throw.
  • Polk reached 20 points against the Vikings for the Golden Eagles’ only player in double-figures. Augie created separation in the first half to cruise to the win.
  • Polk leads the team and ranks 20th in the NSIC with 13.1 points per game, including shooting 85.7 percent (42-49) from the free throw line, which ranks fifth in the NSIC. Gable Smith leads the team with 4.7 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).