BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program heads to Minneapolis for its last tune-up game Thursday, Nov. 3 against University of Minnesota. The Beavers and Gophers will play their third exhibition meeting all-time from Williams Arena.
- The Gophers won both of the previous two meetings against the Beavers, both played as exhibitions. Both games were played in Minneapolis.
- UM took the first meeting ever, 88-32, Nov. 3, 2006 and the second, 71-58, Nov. 1, 2011.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU fell in the season-opening exhibition Oct. 28 versus University of Northern Iowa, 71-48.
- Senior forward Ben Best led the Beavers in scoring with 10 points in 22 minutes, shooting 5-of-8 from the field. He added a team-high five rebounds and totaled two assists and one steal.
- Freshman Jai’Vionne Green followed Best in scoring with eight points in 19 minutes, shooting 3-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from behind the arc.
- The Beavers began the exhibition on a 9-3 run before last holding a lead, 13-11, with 11:15 to go in the first half. The Panthers went on a 13-0 run to take control of the game.
- Bemidji State comes off a 10-17 overall record during the 2015-16 season and return four starters. Five letterwinners in total return for the 2016-17 season while seven newcomers join the program.
- Best along with fellow senior forwards Shane White and Will Harvey were selected as the 2016-17 team captains.
- The Beavers finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule 7-15, including a 4-10 record in the NSIC North Division.
- Head Coach Mike Boschee enters his fifth season with the program after totaling a 54-57 record with the Beavers and a 179-182 career record in 13 seasons as a head coach. Assistant coach Matt Majkrzak, in his third season with BSU, was promoted to the top assistant position while assistant coach Blake Peterson begins his first season with the team after graduating from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2015.
- Best led the Beavers in four categories during the 2015-16 season, including points per game (11.8), total rebounds (138), blocks (22) and field goal percentage (.523). He averaged 26 minutes of action per game while totaling a .704 free throw percentage, 37 assists and 16 steals. His field goal percentage ranked him 15th in the NSIC and his blocked shots ranked him ninth.
- Harvey led the team in rebounds per game (5.2) and ranked second in field goal percentage (.510), 3-point percentage (.400) and total rebounds (131). He averaged 10.4 points in 19.9 minutes per game while blocking 15 shots.
- White started two of 20 games played in and averaged 9.9 minutes per game. He recorded 1.4 points per game on a .379 field goal percentage while averaging 2.2 rebounds per game as a key reserve.
- Best and Harvey each earned NSIC Player of the Week honors once last season.
- The Beavers ranked seventh in the NSIC last season in scoring defense, allowing 76.6 points per game.
- Minnesota opens its 2016-17 campaign against Bemidji State, the only exhibition on the Gophers schedule.
- The Gophers return three starters and eight letterwinners while bringing on seven newcomers.
- Junior guard Nate Mason led the Gophers and ranked tied for 18th in the Big Ten Conference in scoring with 13.8 points per game on 38.9 percent shooting from the field.
- Sophomore forward Jordan Murphy was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team last season for the first in Gophers’ history since 2005. He was a two-time selection as Big Ten Freshman of the Week and played in all 31 games, starting 20. Muphy ranked second on the team with 11.6 points per game and led the Gophers with 8.0 rebounds per game, 32 blocks and 32 steals.
- Head Coach Richard Pitino enters his fourth season with Minnesota after compiling a 51-51 record overall with the Gophers. He came to Minnesota after serving as head coach for one season at Florida International University. Pitino’s 43 wins is the second-highest total of all current Big Ten head coaches in their first two years at their respective schools.
- The Gophers set a school single-season record with 313 steals and averaged 74.2 points per game for the highest total since the 2001-02 season.
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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).