Beavers Men's Hoops continues non-conference schedule

Beavers Men's Hoops continues non-conference schedule
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Beavers Men's Hoops continues non-conference schedule

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team continues its non-conference schedule with a trip to Concordia University-St. Paul before making its home debut against Northland College from BSU Gymnasium. Head Coach Mike Boschee and the Beavers (0-2) look for their first win of the season against the Golden Bears and Lumberjacks.

The Series vs. Concordia-St. Paul

  • The Beavers and Golden Bears play in the 20th game all-time, with CSP holding a slim 15-14 lead in the series record. Concordia-St. Paul stole both games of the 2015-16 season, 80-70 in Bemidji and 72-60 in St. Paul.

The Series vs. Northland

  • Bemidji State and Northland play in the 51st game all-time, led by the Beavers, 43-7. BSU has won 20 of the last 21 meetings, including an 84-55 win Nov. 13, 2015 in their last meeting.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State fell in its first two games of the season to Lindenwood University, 62-44, and University of Central Missouri, 80-65, at the MIAA/NSIC Classic in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  • Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green began his BSU career with a hot hand, leading the team with 14.5 points per game. He opened his career with 15 points against the Lions and 14 against the Mules. He shot 52.4 percent from the field and 50 percent from behind the arc.
  • Junior guard Sharif Black, a transfer from Chadron State University, is also averaging double-digit points after the first two games of the season. He led the Beavers in scoring against Central Missouri with 18 points and eight rebounds.
  • Bemidji State finished the 2015-16 season with a 10-17 overall record and return four starters. Five letterwinners in total return for the 2016-17 season while seven newcomers join the program.
  • 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 54-59 record with the Beavers and a 179-184 career record in 14 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.

Scouting Concordia-St. Paul

  • The Golden Bears enter Thursday’s game with an 0-3 overall record following the Puerto Rico Classic.
  • Concordia-St. Paul fell to Puerto Rico-Bayamon, 64-63, Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, 79-67, and University of Metropolitana, 83-73. CSP held second-half leads in each game.
  • The Golden Bears are winning the rebound battle through three games, totaling 100 boards compared to 76 for their opponents. CSP turned the ball over 71 times, averaging 23.7 per game.
  • The team is shooting 44.2 percent (69-156) from the field, including 40.4 percent (19-47) from behind the arc. They are converted 54.1 percent (46-85) from the free throw line.
  • Sophomore guard Bryndan Matthews leads the team with 16.7 points per game and 8.3 rebounds, and picked up double-doubles in two of the three games.
  • Senior guard Diallo Powell follows in scoring with 12.7 points per game, and is averaging 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game.
  • The Golden Bears rank 12th in the NSIC in scoring offense with 67.7 points per game and allow 75.3 points per game to rank seventh. The scoring margin of -7.7 points per game ranks 12th in the league. CSP has shown success with 3-pointers on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. The team ranks third in 3-point shooting and fourth in 3-point defense.

Scouting Northland

  • Northland opened its regular season against Lakeland College with an 85-79 win in Sheboygan, Wis.
  • Senior guard Rio Jackson led the Lumberjacks with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field.
  • The Lumberjacks opened their season opener on a 17-4 run over the first six minutes and sank 10 3-pointers in the first half. NC’s lead was cut to three points with just under seven minutes in the game, but a 6-0 run immediately after created enough cushion for the Lumberjacks to pull out the win.
  • The Lumberjacks began their schedule with two exhibition losses on the road. Northland fell to Concordia University-St. Paul, 73-65, Nov. 2 before losing to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 84-49, Nov. 12.
  • Northland finished the 2015-16 season seventh in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference with a 9-16 overall record and 7-9 mark in conference play.
  • Head Coach Scott Sorenson enters his sixth season with the Lumberjacks in 2016-17. He has a career record of 30-95 and is 0-1 all-time against Bemidji State.

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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).