Men's Hoops aims to keep control of series versus Golden Eagles

Men's Hoops aims to keep control of series versus Golden Eagles
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Men's Hoops aims to keep control of series versus Golden Eagles

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team seeks its 48th win in 62 games all-time versus University of Minnesota Crookston Thursday, Dec. 15 from Lysaker Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-6, 1-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference), and Golden Eagles (3-6, 0-4 NSIC) are scheduled to begin play at 7 p.m. in Crookston, Minn.

The Series vs. Minnesota Crookston

  • Bemidji State controls the all-time series lead against Minnesota Crookston, 47-14. The series began Jan. 13, 1922, a 21-15 win for the Golden Eagles. UMC won the first two games in the series and seven of the first 10. Bemidji State has never lost consecutive games against Minnesota Crookston since 1927 and has won 15 of the last 16 games, including a sweep last season.
  • The Beavers beat the Golden Eagles, 62-58, in Crookston Nov. 28, 2015 before securing the season sweep with a 72-65 win in Bemidji Dec. 18, 2015. Will Harvey scored a career high 28 points against UMC Dec. 18 while shooting 11-of-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from behind the arc. He also recorded 13 rebounds for his first career double-double. Harvey averaged 20 points per game against UMC, while Ben Best averaged 10.5 points per game.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • In its opening weekend of conference play at home, Bemidji State was swept by Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers allowed the Wolves 70.8 percent shooting from the field in the second half during an 88-61 loss. BSU gave away a halftime lead to MSUM in a 90-84 loss.
  • Northern State held the lead for the entire game and went into halftime with a 37-28 halftime lead against Bemidji State. The Wolves began the second half with a 15-2 run and eventually went up by 31 points with just over two minutes remaining in the game.
  • Peyton Dibble set career highs and led BSU with 16 points and seven rebounds. He shot 6-for-8 from the field and made two 3-pointers. Dibble also recorded one assist, steal and block. Best was the only other Beaver to reach double-digit scoring with 12 points.
  • The Beavers shot 41.8 percent from the field and tied a season-low with 18.8 percent shooting from 3-point range against the Wolves. Northern State finished the game shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 44.0 percent beyond the arc.
  • BSU shot 50.0 percent from the field in the first half to hold a 44-37 lead at halftime against MSUM. The Dragons made a second half adjustment, changing to a zone defense which propelled them to a 15-2 run midway through the final half. Bemidji State was able to pull within three points with under one minute in the game but free throws sealed the game for MSUM.
  • Jai’Vionne Green and Best led the way for BSU with 19 points each. Green scored 17 in the first half, including a career-high five 3-pointers. Best tied season-highs in scoring and rebounding with 19 points and seven rebounds. Sharif Black set a career-high with eight assists.

Scouting Minnesota Crookston

  • Minnesota Crookston was beaten twice at home by MSU Moorhead and Northern State during its previous weekend of games. The Dragons sank the Golden Eagles on a last-second 3-pointer, 82-81, while the Wolves put up plenty of scoring in a 109-68 win against UMC.
  • UMC shot 28-of-56 for 50.0 percent from the field against MSUM, which included a program single-game record 15 3-pointers. The Golden Eagles shot 57.7 percent from 3-point range.
  • The Golden Eagles shot 43.6 percent from the field and 23.8 percent from beyond the arc against the Wolves. UMC totaled nine assists to 11 turnovers.
  • Harrison Cleary averaged 19.0 points and 3.0 assists against the Dragons and Wolves. He shot 37.0 percent from the field and was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line. Jim Warmack tallied 12.0 points per game and shot 66.7 percent from the field. Kobe Critchley averaged 10.0 points and 4.0 assists 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).