BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team makes its non-conference finale against Northland College from BSU Gymnasium. The game was rescheduled from Friday, Nov. 18 and is scheduled to tip-off at 6 p.m.
The Series vs. Northland
- Bemidji State and Northland play in the 51st game in the all-time series, 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.
- Senior forward Ben Best led all scorers with 17 points and added seven rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Will Harvey led BSU with 10 rebounds and two blocks, and finished with six points against the Lumberjacks.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State grabbed its first win of the season on Saturday, Nov. 26 while putting up 100 points for the first time since 2014. BSU took down University of Wisconsin-Superior in BSU Gymnasium, 104-67. The scoring output was the program’s second highest in a single game under head coach Mike Boschee.
- Junior guard Sharif Black led Bemidji State in scoring with 26 points, a career high for the Chadron State University transfer. He scored 14 points in the first half and 12 in the second on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Black also sank two 3-pointers and went a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. He paced the Beavers with six assists and three steals.
- Six Beavers in total reached double-digit scoring, including senior forward Will Harvey with 15 points. He led BSU on the boards with seven rebounds and added four assists.
- BSU began to pull away midway through the first half with a 22-2 run. Black played a major role in the run while sinking two shots, including one 3-pointer, and converted two-of-two free throw attempts. He also added two steals, one assist and one rebound during the stretch. BSU forced UWS to 10 first-half turnovers that led to 17 points. BSU eventaully pulled away to a 30-point lead with 5:14 to go in the game. The Beavers held the Yellowjackets scoreless over the final two and a half minutes of the game.
- The Beavers rank fifth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in scoring defense with 70.7 points allowed per game but rank last in scoring offense with 55.7 points per game. BSU has been solid defending opposing 3-point shooting, ranking seventh in the NSIC with an opposing 3-point field goal percent of 36.9.
- Head Coach Mike Boschee is in his fifth season with the program after totaling a 55-60 record with the Beavers and a 180-185 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.
- Northland College enters Tuesday night’s game with a 1-3 overall record and have lost three consecutive games. NC most recently fell to Carthage College, 79-60, on Saturday, Nov. 26.
- Northland was able to stay within striking distance of Carthage through most of the first half and trailed by one point, 21-20, with 11 minutes to go in opening period. CC went on a 30-6 run to end the half and enter halftime with a 51-27 lead. Despite shooting 29.6 percent from the field in the second half, the Lumberjacks outscored the Red Men in the final period, 33-28. NC held CC to 29.6 percent shooting in the half and forced eight turnovers to close the game.
- Junior forward Thomas Whiting led the Lumberjacks in scoring with 23 points while junior forward Murdock Smith was the only other Northland player in double-digit scoring with 13 points. Three Lumberjacks totaled four rebounds to lead the team but Northland was outrebounded as a team, 45-33, by Carthage.
- Northland opened their season with an 85-79 win Nov. 15 at Lakeland College. The Lumberjacks followed up with losses versus Hamline University, 74-63, and at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 73-55.
- Northland ranks eighth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in scoring offense with 65.8 points per game and second in scoring defense with 76.3 points per game allowed. The Lumberjacks have shown success from behind the 3-point line, ranking fourth in the UMAC shooting 35.7 percent from behind the arc.
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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).