Beavers to recognize seniors during final home weekend

Beavers to recognize seniors during final home weekend
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Beavers to recognize seniors during final home weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team finishes home action against University of Mary Friday and Minot State University Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (10-12, 7-11 NSIC) will celebrate Senior Day for three seniors: guard DJ Anderson, forward Irvin Womack and guard Kaylor Zimmerman.

The Series

  • The Beavers and Marauders meet for the 21st time since the series opener Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by U-Mary. The Marauders have taken the past three matchups against the Beavers, including a 92-80 decision Jan. 3. Junior guard Elijah Valdez scored a career-high 16 points in the first meeting with U-Mary.
  • Bemidji State leads the series against Minot State, 11-6, as the two programs first met Dec. 28, 1967. During the first meeting of the season, a 77-73 win by MSU, junior center Ben Best scored 24 points while Womack scored a career-high 17.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State was swept on the road in its most recent games to Southwest Minnesota State, 97-91, and Sioux Falls, 90-62.
  • Anderson helped lead a second-half comeback while scoring 11 of his 20 points in the final period of the loss to the Mustangs. Junior forward Will Harvey also totaled 20 points off the bench. The Beavers shots a season-high 58.6 percent from the field, the team’s first loss when shooting above 50 percent.
  • Sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes led BSU in scoring the following night with 17 points during a 90-62 loss to the Cougars. Harvey again reached double-digit scoring with 12 points as the Beavers trailed by just one at halftime against USF. The Cougars opened the second half on a 17-0 run to cruise to the win.
  • Junior forward WIll Harvey led BSU in scoring with 16 points per game while sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes followed with 15.5 per game.
  • Bemidji State will honor its three seniors Saturday at the team’s final regular season home game. Seniors DJ Anderson, Irvin Womack and Kaylor Zimmerman will be recognized for their two-year careers with BSU. Both came to BSU as transfers during the 2014-15 season.
  • Anderson has been one of BSU’s most efficient shot creators while totaling 2.8 assists per game in his career. That total is the most for a Beaver since Bryce Tesdahl averaged 5.1 assists per game from 2008-12.
  • Womack has totaled 297 points in his 44-game career at BSU, averaging 9.0 points and 3.2 rebounds during his senior season.
  • Zimmerman has started 33 of his 41 career games with BSU, totaling 240 points, 106 rebounds, 65 assists and 32 steals.
  • Bemidji State is averaging 75.7 points per game, 11th in the NSIC, while allowing 75.2 points, sixth in the league. BSU pulls down 35.7 rebounds and allows 35.5 rebounds per game.
  • BSU is shooting 45 percent (567-1,261) from the floor while allowing 45.4 percent (549-1,210) from the field and 40 percent (150-375) from 3-point land.
  • Junior Ben Best leads the team and ranks 24th in the NSIC averaging 12.8 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 52.9 percent (111-210) from the field (fifth in the NSIC) while totaling 5.5 rebounds (17th in the NSIC) and 1.0 block (seventh in the NSIC) per game.
  • Anderson ranks second on the team with 11.2 points per game, while Harvey follows with 10.4. Harvey is tied with Best to lead BSU with 5.5 rebounds per game, 17th in the NSIC, and has one double-double on the season.

Scouting U-Mary

  • U-Mary faced a sweep in its most recent outings to Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul to hold a 14-10 record overall and a 9-9 mark in the NSIC.
  • The Marauders first fell to the Mavericks, 76-71, before slipping to the Golden Bears, 76-72. U-Mary had a lead in the final four minute of each game.
  • U-Mary is 1-4 in its previous five road games, beating Wayne State College, 99-80, in its most recent away contest, Jan. 31.
  • Bryan Jefferson reached double digits in 15 straight games, including 18 against Minnesota State and 11 against Concordia-St. Paul. Devan Douglas scored a career-high 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds against CSP.
  • U-Mary averages 81 points per game while allowing 77. The Marauders shoot 47.9 percent (710-1,483) from the field and 35.3 percent (152-431) from 3-point land, while allowing 43.8 percent (642-1,466) from the field and 37.2 percent (222-596) from long range.

Scouting Minot State

  • The Beavers enter the weekend with a 11-13 record overall and a 6-12 mark in the NSIC. MSU is 1-8 on the road this season.
  • Minot State opened its previous weekend of action with an 81-67 win against Concordia-St. Paul before a 73-63 loss to Minnesota State. MSU had won six straight home games before its loss to the Mavericks.
  • Dominique McDonald became the 15th Beaver in school history to reach 1,000 career points, doing so early in the game against the Golden Bears.
  • Chris Davis continued strong play for MSU, scoring 23 points and added six rebounds two assists and two steals. Tyler Rudolph netted two double-doubles to run his league-leading total to 10, averaging 14 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.
  • Minot State averages 75.5 points per game while allowing 74. The Beavers are shooting 45 percent (633-1,408) from the field and 37.6 percent (178-473) from behind the arc, while allowing 44.8 percent (622-1,389) from the floor and 36.6 percent (182-497) on 3-pointers.

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).

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