BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team welcomes in Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead for BSU’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home opening weekend. The Beavers (3-4, 1-1 NSIC) play the Wolves (5-4, 1-2 NSIC) at 8 p.m. Friday followed by a 6 p.m. tip-off against the Dragons (7-1, 3-0 NSIC) on Saturday at BSU Gymnasium.
The Series vs. Northern State
- Bemidji State and Northern State continue a 57-year history with the 87th game in the series lead by NSU, 60-26. The Beavers and Wolves split the 2015-16 season series, as each home team won by two points or less. BSU came away with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to beat NSU, 90-89, on Jan. 22, 2016.
The Series vs. MSU Moorhead
- Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead will play the 179th game in the all-time series, a history that dates back 88 years. The Dragons swept the Beavers last season, winning each game by at least 13 points. Senior forward Will Harvey averaged 12.5 points and 4.0 rebounds between the two games against MSUM last season.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- BSU opened the 2016-17 NSIC schedule with a split at Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State to improve its overall record to 3-4. The Beavers extended their win streak to three games with the 75-73 win in overtime over the Bulldogs, but lost the streak after losing 98-95 to the Huskies.
- The Beavers led the Bulldogs, 32-23, at halftime, but UMD shot nearly 50 percent in the second half to tie the game and force overtime. After a 73-73 tie with 2:40 remaining in overtime, neither team converted points until nine seconds to go. Freshman Logan Bader put back an offensive rebound to seal the win in Duluth, Minn., for the first time since 2012.
- Bader’s game-clinching put-back score secured his first double-double in his career. He finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman Jai’Vionne Green led all scorers with 20 points, tying his previous career high.
- The Beavers shot 38.2 percent from the field against UMD and totaled 46 rebounds, one shy of tying the team’s single-game high this season.
- BSU shot efficiently from the field against SCSU but lost the battle on the boards to be put down 47-42 at halftime. The Beavers shot over 50 percent from the field in the second half to draw within one point of the Huskies with six seconds remaining in the game. SCSU sank free throws to end BSU’s three-game winning streak.
- Junior Sharif Black scored a career high 29 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 10-of-11 shooting from the free throw line against the Huskies. The 10 free throw conversions are the most for a Beaver in a single game since Jake Schalow made 11 on Jan. 4, 2014.
- Green finished second on BSU in scoring with 16 points. He continues to lead the team in scoring on the season with 16.9 points per game. Green averaged 6.5 rebounds per game against UMD and SCSU to take the team lead in rebounding with 5.0 boards per game.
- Bemidji State shot 50.0 percent on the night and 45.5 percent on 3-pointers. The team set single-game highs for free throw makes (25) and free throw attempts (29). The Huskies won the rebound battle, 45-30, and converted 21 offensive rebounds for 20 second chance points.
Scouting Northern State
- Northern State battled it out in two close conference matches, defeating Minot State University, 91-87, and falling to University of Mary, 77-75. Northern State held a lead as large as 23 points against Minot State, but were able to hold off the rallying Beavers to secure the victory. The Wolves and Marauders faced a tie score on three occasions, however NSU lost the lead late in the second and were unable to regain it.
- The Wolves shot 49.0 percent from the floor, 45.0 percent from behind the arc and 82.9 percent from the foul line against the Beavers, while scoring a season-high 34 points on free throws. Against the Marauders, the Wolves shot 47.4 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from behind the arc and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.
- Junior Logan Doyle led the team versus the Beavers with a career high 23 points, knocking down 17-of-20 free throws. Senior Mack Arvidson led the team against the Marauders with 18 points, sinking 6-of-9 3-pointers. Arvidson has scored in double-digits in each of the Wolves’ nine games this season.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead swept U-Mary and Minot State to enter this weekend’s game with a 7-1 overall record and a 3-0 mark in conference play. The Dragons have now won six games in a row after beating the Marauders, 82-66, on Dec. 2 and the Beavers, 96-87, on Dec. 3.
- MSUM averaged 89.0 points per game in two wins and shot 54 percent from the field. The Dragons hit 25-of-52 3-pointers for a 48.1 percent average on the week. MSUM continues to lead the conference in scoring offense (92.9 ppg), field goal percentage (.532), 3-point field goal percentage (.486) and assist/turnover ratio (2.0).
- Senior Aaron Lien led MSUM by averaging 18.5 points per game. He shot 62.5 percent from the field. Junior Tanner Kretchman had 15 points and averaged 7.5 assists per game, and also shot 60 percent from the 3-point line. Senior Ayob Ayob averaged 14.5 points per game against U-Mary and Minot 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).