BSU faces Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State in NSIC opening weekend

BSU faces Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State in NSIC opening weekend
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
BSU faces Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State in NSIC opening weekend

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team begins the 11-week Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule Dec. 2 and Dec. 3 with trips to University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University. The Beavers (2-3) come off the heels of two 100-point games to face the Bulldogs (0-4) at 8 p.m. Friday and the Huskies (3-5) at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Series vs. Minnesota Duluth

  • Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth open the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule with the 134th meeting in the all-time series. The Bulldogs lead the series, 88-45, including a season sweep in 2015-16. Senior forward Ben Best averaged 14.5 points between the two games while senior forward Will Harvey totaled 13.5 points per game.

The Series vs. St. Cloud State

  • The third longest series in Bemidji State history will continue Saturday night against St. Cloud State. The Huskies lead the 143-game rivalry, 97-46, while the Beavers won one of two games during the 2015-16 season. Best averaged 17 points during the two games and Harvey helped secure a one-point, 70-69, win in the final meeting of 2015-16 with a fast break dunk with 13 seconds left.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • The Beavers scored over 100 points for the second consecutive game Tuesday night for the first time since 2003. Bemidji State took down Northland College, 101-58, for its second win of the season.
  • The game between the Beavers and Lumberjacks was a shooting affair early, as BSU began the game with six consecutive 3-point attempts. BSU held a 15-13 lead seven minutes into action and began to pull away with a 7-0 run to create a spark. After a 47-34 lead heading into the second half, the Beavers took advantage of the first media timeout while going on a 10-0 run following the break. BSU forced nine turnovers and six steals in the second half en route to hitting the century mark on the scoreboard with one minute remaining.
  • The Beavers ended the game with a balance in scoring, putting up 14 3-pointers for 42 points from behind the arc and 42 points in the paint. BSU also used 17 points off nine Northland turnovers in the second half to pull away.
  • Four Beavers finished with double-digit scoring, led by freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green with 19 points. Green has led BSU in scoring in three of five contests during the season and leads the team with 16.4 points per game.
  • Best scored a season high 18 points while adding six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Junior guard Christian Pekarek notched season highs with 16 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Sharif Black scored 13 points.
  • The last time the Beavers scored at least 100 points in consecutive games was in 2003. BSU topped the century mark against Winona State University both times, 102-96 in the 2002-03 regular season finale and 106-79 in the NSIC Tournament opener in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers went over 100 points seven times during the 2002-03 season.
  • BSU has now scored at least 100 points in three games under head coach Mike Boschee since he took over the program during the 2012-13 season.
  • Best set a career high with four blocks against Minnesota Duluth last season in BSU’s 74-67 loss on Dec. 5, 2015. Senior forward Shane White set a career high with three assists against the Bulldogs last season in the Beavers’ 92-83 loss on Jan. 9, 2016.
  • Bemidji State ranks 11th in the NSIC in scoring offense with 74.4 points per game and third in scoring defense with 67.4 points allowed per game. BSU ranks 12th in the league in field goal percentage with a .452 mark and ranks seventh in field goal percentage defense with a .431 mark. The Beavers are in the middle of the pack in rebounding, ranking seven in rebounding offense with 37.4 boards per game and 10th in rebounding defense with 33.2 rebounds allowed per game.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth has lost its first four games to begin the 2016-17 season, including two losses last week to University of Northern Michigan, 71-65 on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Marquette, Wis., and Michigan Tech University, 68-65 on Saturday, Nov. 26 in Duluth.
  • The Bulldogs shot 45.7 percent from 3-pointers over the two-game stretch. UMD has turned the ball over 11 or fewer times in every game this season.
  • Freshman guard Logan Rohrscheib led UMD scoring 17.5 points per game over the last two games, including recording 19 points against Northern Michigan. Junior guard Kyle Schalow averaged 14.5 points, three rebounds and two assists per game.
  • UMD ranks last in the NSIC in scoring offense with 66.8 points per game and seventh in scoring defense with 71.2 points per game allowed. The Bulldogs have had success defending opposing shooting while ranking fifth in the league with a .423 field goal percentage defense, but rank last in field goal percentage offense with a .404 mark. Despite the last place ranking, UMD is fourth in 3-point shooting with a .421 3-point percentage. The Bulldogs rank 15th in the NSIC with 30.3 rebounds per game and last with 40.0 rebounds allowed per game.

Scouting St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State enters the opening weekend of NSIC play with a 3-5 overall record, including going 1-1 over its last week. SCSU beat Saint John’s University, 95-77 on Tuesday, Nov. 22 in Collegeville, Minn., and lost to Minnesota State University, Mankato, 79-62 on Saturday, Nov. 26 in St. Cloud.
  • SCSU’s win over SJU capped a three-game win streak, led by sophomore guard Gage Davis with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He also led the Huskies with 17 points in the loss to the Mavericks.
  • The 62 points scored against Minnesota State was just the second time the program has been held below 70 points this season. Sophomore forward Kurt Hall became the fifth Huskies player to record a double-double this season with 16 points and 11 rebounds against MSU.
  • SCSU ranks seventh in the NSIC in scoring offense with 76.2 points per game and 11th in scoring defense with 75.2 points per game allowed. The Huskies are 10th in the league with a .448 field goal percentage and ninth with a .440 field goal percentage defense. SCSU struggles behind the arc, ranking 15th in the conference with a .344 3-point percentage to rank 15th and a .418 3-point percentage defense to rank 14th. St. Cloud State ranks fourth with 40.5 rebounds per game and ninth with 33.0 rebounds allowed per game.

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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).