BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team will face Minnesota State University, Mankato for the first time this season while playing Concordia University-St. Paul for the second time during the 2015-16 season. The Beavers (7-7, 4-6 NSIC) will tip off against the Mavericks at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Taylor Center while starting against the Golden Bears (4-11, 1-8 NSIC) at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Gangelhoff Center.
- The Mavericks hold a 65-34 series lead against the Beavers since the two programs first played Jan. 27, 1933. Bemidji State took its last win against Minnesota State Feb. 8, 2013, 82-74. MSU won the most recent matchup, 84-66, Jan. 16, 2015. BSU outshot MSU, 51.9%-51.8%, and scored more points in the paint, 32-22.
- Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul will meet for the second time this season and the 29th game in the series, which is tied 14-14. The Golden Bears took the first game of the season, 80-70, in the BSU Gymnasium. Ben Best led the Beavers with 15 points and 11 rebounds, the first of his three double-doubles on the season. BSU and CSP had alternated wins over the previous five games before the Nov. 24 meeting.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State comes off a weekend split against Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The Beavers first fell to the Bulldogs, 92-83, before beating St. Cloud State in the final minute, 70-69.
- The Beavers took an early lead against the Bulldogs, 20-10, thanks in part to four 3-pointers. UMD bounced back to take a 42-41 halftime lead and would hold the rest of the game. BSU pulled to within one point, but a 13-2 run by UMD sealed the game. DJ Anderson set career-highs with 20 points and six rebounds.
- Bemidji State took a 23-14 lead against St. Cloud State in the first half before the Huskies pulled to within three at halftime. SCSU used a 5-0 run to take the lead and eventually pulled away to a 61-55 advantage with five minutes to go. Calvin Harrington later hit two 3s to set up William Harvey‘s game-winning dunk off a defensive rebound. Best led BSU with 24 points while Harrington followed with 13 and seven rebounds.
- Best’s 24-point outing versus SCSU was his third game with at least 24 points. He scored 28 against Wayne State College and 24 at Minot State University. Best has scored in double-digits in all but two games this season.
- Senior DJ Anderson averaged 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game while setting career-highs in points (20), FGs made (7), 3-FGs made (3), rebounds (6), blocks (1) and minutes played (38) against Minnesota Duluth.
- The Beavers shot 43.7 percent (52-119) from the field and 40 percent (20-50) from behind the arc. BSU is 5-1 when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent.
- Bemidji State is averaging 74.1 points per game, 12th in the NSIC, while allowing 71.6 points, third in the league. BSU pulls down 37.1 rebounds and allows 36.1 rebounds per game.
- BSU is shooting 43.4 percent (373-859) from the floor while allowing 43.7 percent (351-804) from the field and 37.8 percent (94-249) from 3-point land.
- Best leads the team and ranks 17th in the NSIC with 14.4 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 56.8 percent (79-139) from the field (fifth in the NSIC) while totaling 6.4 rebounds per game (12th in the NSIC) and 1.4 blocks (fourth in the NSIC).
- Anderson ranks second on the team with 9.5 points per game, while Harvey follows with 9.3. Harvey ranks second on BSU with 5.9 rebounds per game. He has one double-double on the season.
Scouting Minnesota State
- Minnesota State split its previous weekend of action while hosting Wayne State and No. 2 Augustana to move to an overall record of 11-4 and a NSIC mark of 6-3. The Mavericks first took down the Wildcats, 86-81, before falling for the first time at home this season to the Vikings, 101-91.
- The Mavericks and Wildcats each held a lead for at least nine minutes during the first half while the lead changed just once. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer brought WSC to within two points of MSU at halftime, 43-41. After a 47-47 tie two minutes into the second half, the Mavericks pulled away by as many as 10 points to secure the win.
- Minnesota State fell into a hole through the first half against Augustana, looking at a 67-45 deficit at halftime. Jon Fuqua put up 18 second half points to bring the Mavericks back into the game, but the first-half score was enough to hold off MSU.
- Minnesota State averages 84.1 points per game while allowing 74. The Mavericks shoot 46.9 percent (446-950) from the field and 38.9 percent (131-337) from behind the arc, while allowing 43.3 percent (376-869) from the field and 39.5 percent (105-266) from long range. Jalen Pendleton and Mike Busack rank among the top 20 in scoring in the NSIC with 15.3 and 13.7 points per game, respectively.
Scouting Concordia-St. Paul
- The Golden Bears enter the weekend with a 4-11 record overall and a 1-8 mark in the NSIC. Concordia-St. Paul split its previous weekend series against No. 2 Augustana, a 88-75 loss, and Wayne State, a 69-64 win.
- CSP and Augie played to nine ties and 14 lead changes in the first half. Augustana began to take control to end the half with a 41-37 lead. The Vikings went on a 12-0 run through the second half before the Golden Bears made a comeback that would last through the majority of the half. Augie eventually pulled away with nine minutes to go.
- The Golden Bears led for nearly the entirety of the game while the Wildcats kept the game within reach. CSP took a 35-27 lead into halftime as WSC then outscored Concordia-St. Paul in the second half, 37-34.
- Concordia-St. Paul averages 71.7 points per game, ranking 15th in the NSIC, while allowing 80. The Golden Bears are shooting a conference-low 42.7 percent (374-875) from the field and 37.1 percent (85-229) from behind the arc, while allowing 45 percent (409-909) from the floor and 38.2 percent (146-382) on 3-pointers. Cole Olstad leads CSP and ranks 20th in the NSIC with 13.3 points per game. Shea Mandli and Diallo Powell rank among the top 19 in rebounds with 5.7 and 5.5, respectively.
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).