BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program begins the 2016-17 regular season with two games in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association/Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Classic in Wisconsin Dells, Wis. BSU faces MIAA programs Lindenwood University, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, and University of Central Missouri, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, from the JustAGame Fieldhouse.
The Series vs. Lindenwood
- Friday’s meeting will be the first ever between Bemidji State and Lindenwood.
The Series vs. Central Missouri
- Saturday’s meeting will be the first ever between the Beavers and the Mules.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- The Beavers open the 2016-17 season after two exhibition losses against University of Northern Iowa and University of Minnesota.
- Senior forward Ben Best led the Beavers in scoring with 10 points in 22 minutes, shooting 5-of-8 from the field against Northern Iowa and freshman Jai’Vionne Green led the team with 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting against Minnesota.
- 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.
- The Lions open the 2016-17 season against the Beavers.
- Lindenwood fell to the University of Alabama-Birmingham 92-69, in an exhibition Nov. 3.
- Chandler Deikvoss led the Lions with 13 points while LJ McIntosh and Zac Haese each added 12.
- Lindenwood’s starting lineup is expected to consist of two freshmen and two sophomores, and seven of the team's 10 players are freshmen or sophomores.
- Lindenwood begins its second season under head coach Lance Randall. Randall is in his ninth season as a collegiate head coach, and has a 137-93 all-time record. He has 277 all-time wins as a head coach counting his years at the high school and professional levels.
- The Lions were one of the top defensive teams in NCAA Division II last season. Lindenwood was eighth in the nation in scoring defense (65.4 ppg). The Lions also ranked in the top-20 nationally in blocked shots (11th) and field-goal percentage defense (20th). The team led the MIAA in blocks, field-goal percentage defense, and rebounding.
Scouting Central Missouri
- The Mules open their 2016-17 campaign against Minnesota Duluth Nov. 11 before facing the Beavers.
- Central Missouri played University of Arkansas and University of Missouri in two exhibitions before the season start. The Mules lost to the Razorbacks, 87-60, Oct. 28, and fell to the Tigers, 66-59, Nov. 4.
- Kyle Wolf led the team with 24 points over the two games, 10 against UA and 14 against UM.
- The Mules’ projected starting five consists of four returners and one newcomer. Jakob Lowrance, Brett O'Neil, Spencer Reaves and Kyle Wolf all saw significant minutes last season for UCM. Junior college transfer Clarence Smith figures in as the fifth starter early in the season.
- Doug Karleskint has a record of 39-22 (.639) as he begins his third season as head coach at Central Missouri and a 128-56 (.696) overall mark in his seventh season as a head coach.
- The Mules are the third winningest program by victories in NCAA-II history (1,654).
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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).