Bemidji State ready to host Northern State, No. 7 MSU Moorhead

Bemidji State ready to host Northern State, No. 7 MSU Moorhead
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Bemidji State ready to host Northern State, No. 7 MSU Moorhead

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team welcomes Northern State and No. 7 Minnesota State Moorhead to the BSU Gymnasium Jan. 22-23 as both teams enter with double-digit win totals. The Beavers look to grab wins in the first of two season meetings against the Wolves (11-7, 7-5 NSIC) at 8 p.m. Friday and the Dragons (19-2, 11-1 NSIC) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Series

  • Bemidji State and Northern State meet for the 85th time in the series, while the Wolves hold a 59-25 lead. NSU swept the 2014-15 season series after BSU took its most recent win, 85-77, Jan. 18, 2014 at home.
  • Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead began its 176-game series, led by MSUM 93-83, Feb. 17, 1928 in Moorhead, Minn. The Beavers last beat the Dragons, 77-71, Jan. 17, 2014 in Bemidji.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State split its previous weekend series against Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul to tie its win total from the 2014-15 season.
  • The Beavers first used last-second heroics from true freshman Calvin Harrington, as two free throws forced overtime on the road versus the Mavericks. Harrington then layed in the game-winning score with five seconds remaining in the extra period in the 75-74 overtime victory.
  • The Golden Bears took an 18-point first-half lead versus the Beavers, while head coach Mike Boschee’s group drew the deficit down to just seven in the second period during the 72-60 loss.
  • Harrington led the Beavers in scoring versus the Mavericks, putting up a career-high 19 points. He pulled down eight rebounds, one shy of tying his career high, and also totaled two steals and one assist. Senior DJ Anderson followed with 18 points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.
  • Bemidji State’s overtime game versus Minnesota State was the first extra period contest since an 84-80 loss to University of Minnesota Duluth, Jan. 9, 2015.
  • Anderson led BSU with 17 points against CSP, including grabbing seven boards for the second straight night. He shot 6-of-12 from the field while Harrington followed in points with 13, including shooting 7-of-8 from the free throw line.
  • The Beavers shot 41.2 percent (49-119) from the field and 24 percent (12-50) from behind the arc. BSU held both opponents to 41.3 percent (50-121) from the field and 37.5 percent (9-24) from long-range.
  • Bemidji State is averaging 73.3 points per game, 13th in the NSIC, while allowing 71.8 points, fourth in the league. BSU pulls down 37.1 rebounds and allows 36.8 rebounds per game. The Beavers are 7-2 when outrebounding their opponent.
  • BSU is shooting 43.1 percent (422-978) from the floor while allowing 43.4 percent (401-925) from the field and 37.7 percent (103-273) from 3-point land.
  • Best leads the team and ranks 17th in the NSIC with 13.9 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 54.7 percent (88-161) from the field (fifth in the NSIC) while totaling 6.1 rebounds per game (13th in the NSIC) and 1.3 blocks (fourth in the NSIC).
  • Anderson ranks second on the team with 10.5 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 Northern State

  • Northern State swept Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls to continue a four-game win streak, all at home, and hold an 11-7 overall record and a 7-5 mark in the NSIC. Guard Darin Peterka earned his second NSIC Player of the Week honor for his performance over the weekend.
  • The Wolves first took down the Mustangs, 79-63, to avenge a loss to SMSU Nov. 19. After facing a 9-7 deficit with 15:20 to go in the first half, NSU went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead for good. Peterka led the Wolves with 17 points while also recording six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
  • Northern State finished its weekend with a 73-68 victory against Sioux Falls. The Wolves and Cougars faced a 29-29 tie until NSU finished the first half on a 7-2 run. A 6-0 run to begin the second half ensured the Wolves’ seventh NSIC win. Peterka again led NSU with 19 points while tallying seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
  • Northern State averages 80.6 points per game while allowing 75.2. The Wolves shoot 48.3 percent (493-1,021) from the field and 41.1 percent (172-418) from 3-point land, while allowing 45.7 percent (482-1,055) from the field and 33.4 percent (124-371) from long range. NSU grabs 32.7 rebounds per game while allowing 35.6.

Scouting MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead comes into the weekend 19-2 overall and 11-1 in the NSIC while on a three-game win streak after sweeping Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State. The Dragons had won 16 straight games, losing in their opening game of the season and Jan. 8 to University of Mary. Forward Ayob Ayob and center Isaac Sevlie have each won the NSIC Player of the Week once this season.
  • MSUM opened its weekend with a 78-55 win against USF at home. The Dragons held the Cougars to 18 first-half points while putting up 45. MSU Moorhead went on runs of 12-0 and 15-1 through the first half to secure the win. The NSIC’s leading scorer, Isaac Sevlie, led the Dragons with 20 points.
  • MSU Moorhead extended its win streak with a 115-82 decision versus Southwest Minnesota State. The Dragons again took advantage of a strong first half while holding a 65-32 lead at halftime. Sevlie totaled 21 points for his 12th game above 20, while five players in total topped 15.
  • MSU Moorhead averages 87.4 points per game, ranking second in the NSIC, while allowing 72.8. The Dragons are shooting a conference-high 49.8 percent (638-1,281) from the field and 38.9 percent (197-506) from behind the arc, while allowing a conference-low 41.5 percent (558-1,346) from the floor and 33 percent (167-506) on 3-pointers. MSUM totals 40.1 rebounds per game while allowing 35.

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).