Beavers travel for final regular season games of 2015-16

Beavers travel for final regular season games of 2015-16
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Beavers travel for final regular season games of 2015-16

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team wraps up the 2015-16 regular season with a trip to No. 11 Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University, Feb. 19-20. The Beavers (10-14, 7-13 NSIC) will take on the Dragons (25-4, 17-3 NSIC) and Wolves (15-11, 11-9 NSIC) for the second and final time of the season.

The Series

  • Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead began its 177-game series, led by MSUM 83-83, Feb. 17, 1928 in Moorhead, Minn. The Dragons won the first matchup of 2015-16, 81-68, Jan. 23 at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers last beat the Dragons, 77-71, Jan. 17, 2014 in Bemidji.
  • Bemidji State and Northern State meet for the 86th time in the series, while the Wolves hold a 59-26 lead. Bemidji State won the most recent matchup, 90-89, Jan. 22 in Bemidji. Freshman Calvin Harrington made the final five points, including a last-second, game-winning 3-pointer, to seal the win.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • University of Mary and Minot State University handed Bemidji State a sweep in the most recent weekend of NSIC games. The Marauders opened the weekend with an 81-77 win over the Beavers, while Minot State followed with an 81-79 win over Bemidji State. BSU led both games heading into halftime.
  • Sophomore Jordan Rhodes recorded career highs with 28 points and 11 rebounds against the Marauders for his first career double-double. He scored 18 points in the second half as the Beavers pulled away by as many as eight points. Teams swapped leads during the final period before the Marauders took the final lead with just over one minute to play.
  • Four Beavers reached double-digit scoring against Minot State. Junior Will Harvey led the way with 18 points followed by senior DJ Anderson with 17, Rhodes with 12 and senior Irvin Womack with 11. Anderson and Harvey each totaled their second career double-doubles against MSU. Anderson finished with 11 assists while Harvey grabbed 10 rebounds. Minot State opened the second half on a 10-0 run to gain momentum through the game.
  • Rhodes averaged 20.0 points and eight rebounds during the weekend’s games. Harvey averaged 14.5 points per game to trail Rhodes.
  • Anderson has been one of BSU’s most efficient shot creators while totaling 3.1 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.
  • Bemidji State is averaging 75.9 points per game, 11th in the NSIC, while allowing 75.7 points, sixth in the league. BSU pulls down 35.7 rebounds and allows 35.4 rebounds per game.
  • BSU is shooting 45.1 percent (626-1,388) from the floor while allowing 45.4 percent (605-1,332) from the field and 39.4 percent (162-411) from 3-point land.
  • Junior Ben Best leads the team and ranks 25th in the NSIC averaging 12.6 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 53.0 percent (114-215) from the field (fifth in the NSIC) while totaling 5.4 rebounds (18th 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 10.8. Harvey leads BSU with 5.5 rebounds per game, 16th in the NSIC, and has two double-doubles on the season.

Scouting No. 11 MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead clinched its third straight NSIC North Division title with wins at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University last weekend, and come into Friday’s game with a 25-4 record overall and a 17-3 mark in the NSIC.
  • Isaac Sevlie averaged 27.5 points and 9.0 rebounds Feb. 12-13 to earn NSIC North Player of the Week. This is the second time this season he has earned the honor. Sevlie shot 60.7 percent (17-28) from the field and 84 percent (11-12) from the foul line. He recorded 30 points against SCSU and 25 against UMD.
  • Sophomore guard Tanner Kretchman averaged 14.5 points per game while leading the team with 12 assists.
  • The Dragons hit 43-of-52 free throw attempts for the week, compared to 14-of-16 for their opponents.
  • Head Coach Chad Walthall moved into a second place tie with Larry MacLeod for head coaching wins in program history. Walthall is 136-49; MacLeod, who coached from 1954-67, went 136-129.
  • MSUM averages 87.9 points per game while allowing 75.2. The Dragons shoot 50 percent (878-1,755) from the field and 40.6 percent (286-705) from 3-point land, while allowing 42.7 percent (804-1,882) from the field and 35.3 percent (249-706) from long range.

Scouting Northern State

  • The Wolves split their final road weekend of the NSIC regular season to enter the weekend with a 15-11 record overall and an 11-9 mark in the NSIC. NSU dropped its first game, 102-82, to St. Cloud State before rebounding with a win, 78-72, over Minnesota Duluth.
  • Skye Warwick led the team versus the Huskies with 20 points and five 3-point baskets, followed by Mack Arvidson with 18 points off the bench. The Wolves gave up 19 points off turnovers and 19 points off offensive boards in the SCSU loss.
  • DJ Pollard led the team in night two with 21 points and seven rebounds, as the Wolves tallied all five starters in double-digit scoring. Northern State shot 45.5 percent in the game and held Minnesota Duluth to a 38.0 mark from field goal range and 17.4 percent from the arc.
  • Northern State averages 82.7 points per game while allowing 79.1. The Wolves are shooting 49.1 percent (734-1,494) from the field and 42.1 percent (263-624) from behind the arc, while allowing 47.2 percent (737-1,560) from the floor and 34.7 percent (184-531) 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).