Beavers travel to North Dakota for 2016 opener

Beavers travel to North Dakota for 2016 opener
Thursday, December 31, 2015
Beavers travel to North Dakota for 2016 opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team returns to action Jan. 2 against Minot State University and Jan. 3 against University of Mary for its first games of 2016. The Beavers (6-4, 3-3 NSIC) look to extend a two-game win streak against the Beavers of MSU (5-7, 0-6 NSIC) at the MSU Dome and the Marauders (10-2, 5-1 NSIC) at the McDowell Activity Center.

The Series

  • Bemidji State leads the Beaver Bash, 11-5, as the two programs first met Dec. 28, 1967, an 86-82 win by BSU. Bemidji State has won six of the last eight meetings, including a split during the 2014-15 season. BSU took the first meeting last season, 84-76, at home, led by DJ Anderson, Shane White and Kaylor Zimmerman who each reached double-digit scoring totals. MSU won the second game, 84-76, as Christian Pekarek scored a career-high 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting.
  • The Beavers and Marauders meet for the 20th time since the series opener Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by U-Mary. After BSU won six straight games from Dec. 17, 2011-Feb. 8, 2014, U-Mary won both meetings during the 2014-15 season. The Marauders first won in Bemidji, 86-80, before taking a 75-66 decision in Bismarck, N.D. Anderson, White and Zimmerman reached double-digit scoring in the first meeting while Anderson and White again reached at least 10 points in the season finale.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State comes off a season sweep of University of Minnesota Crookston with a 72-65 win Dec. 18 at the BSU Gymnasium.
  • The Beavers grabbed a lead of 15 points early in the second half before the Golden Eagles went on a 21-6 run to tie the game, 46-46, with just over 10 minutes to play. BSU followed with an 8-0 run to regain the lead in the win.
  • Junior William Harvey recorded his first career double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds, both career highs. He missed just two shots from the field, finishing 11-of-13 and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. Harvey added three blocks, two assists and one steal, and was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week. He joins junior Ben Best as the only Beavers to earn NSIC Player of the Week honors during the 2015-16 season.
  • Harvey’s rebound total was the most for a Beaver in a single-game since Dec. 6, 2013 when Maxie Rosenbloom grabbed 24 boards against St. Cloud State University.
  • Senior Irvin Womack and junior Elijah Valdez reached double-digit scoring, as Womack pulled down seven rebounds.
  • The Beavers shot 50 percent (26-52) from the field and 31.6 percent (6-19) from behind the arc. BSU outrebounded UMC, 38-30, which led to 12 second chance points for the Beavers.
  • Bemidji State is averaging 73.2 points per game, 13th in the NSIC, while allowing 67.2 points, second in the NSIC. BSU pulls down 38.2 rebounds and allows 37.5 rebounds per game.
  • BSU is shooting 43.4 percent (266-613) from the floor while allowing 41.5 percent (241-581) from the field and 36.5 percent (65-178) from 3-point land.
  • Best leads the team and ranks 22nd in the NSIC with 13.2 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 58.7 percent (54-92) from the field (third in the NSIC) while totaling 6.6 rebounds per game (11th in the NSIC) and 1.6 blocks (second in the NSIC).
  • Harvey ranks second on the team with 9.4 points per game on 52.2 percent (36-69) from the field. He also ranks second with 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.

Scouting Minot State

  • Minot State comes into Friday’s game after a 72-71 loss to U-Mary in Bismarck and a 101-66 win against Crossroads College in Minot, N.D.
  • The Beavers trailed, 33-28, at halftime to the Marauders before a successful 3-pointer with one second remaining in the game brought the team within one point. Tyler Rudolph led the team with his fifth double-double of the season, recording 18 points and 12 rebounds.
  • MSU began its win against CC with an 8-0 run that was extended to a 44-25 lead at halftime. The Beavers scored 57 second-half points for its first 100+ point outing since a double overtime affair with Upper Iowa University Jan. 16, 2015. Rudolph again led the team with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
  • Minot State averages 74.1 points per game while allowing 71.9. The Beavers shoot 43.1 percent (300-696) from the field and 36.1 percent (84-233) from behind the arc, while allowing 43.6 percent (305-699) from the field and 37.2 percent (89-239) from long range. Rudolph leads the team and ranks seven the NSIC with 16.9 points per game and leads the team and ranks second in the conference with 8.6 rebounds per game.

Scouting U-Mary

  • U-Mary enters the weekend after pulling out a 72-71 win against Minot State Dec. 18 in Bismarck. The team’s 10-2 start is the best record through the first half of the season since beginning 7-3 in 2010-11.
  • The Marauders held a five-point lead after the first half, but were outscored in the second, 43-39. A last-second 3-pointer from MSU was not enough as U-Mary won its third straight NSIC game and fifth conference game overall.
  • Bryan Jefferson led the team with his fourth double-double of the season, recording 29 points and 11 rebounds. He finished 9-of-14 from the field and 11-of-11 from the free throw line.
  • U-Mary averages 86.6 points per game, ranking second in the NSIC, while allowing 74.9. The Marauders are shooting a conference-high 51.1 percent (379-742) from the field and 39.2 percent (89-227) from behind the arc, while allowing 41.9 percent (312-745) from the floor and 36.3 percent (111-306) on 3-pointers. Jefferson and Marquealis Edwards rank among the top 15 in the NSIC in scoring with 14.4 and 14.2 points per game, respectively. Both also rank among the top eight in rebounding.

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).