BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball looks to even up the season series against St. Cloud State University and take a season sweep over University of Minnesota Duluth to begin the 2017 calendar year at Sanford Center. The Beavers (3-9, 1-6 NSIC) tip off against the Huskies (10-6, 6-1 NSIC) Friday at 8 p.m. before playing the Bulldogs (3-10, 2-5 NSIC) Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Series vs. St. Cloud State
- Bemidji State and St. Cloud State begin the 2017 calendar year with the 145th installment of the series. SCSU leads the all-time record, 98-46.
- The Huskies stole a 98-95 win during this season’s first meeting against the Beavers in St. Cloud, Minn. BSU outscored SCSU, 53-51, in the second half and held a 91-90 lead with 2:38 in the game. St. Cloud State went on a 6-2 run over a 2:32 span and sank free throws to seal the game.
- Junior guard Sharif Black scored a career-high 29 points in the first meeting versus St. Cloud State on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and 10-for-11 shooting from the charity stripe. Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green tied a career-high five assists in the game as well.
The Series vs. Minnesota Duluth
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth meet at Sanford Center for the 135th game in the series, led by UMD, 88-46.
- The Beavers won the first matchup against the Bulldogs this season, 75-73, in overtime in Duluth, Minn. Bemidji State outscored Minnesota Duluth, 32-23, in the first half. After a 5-0 run by the Bulldogs with less than one minute in the game, Green converted a layup to force overtime. Freshman forward Logan Bader sealed his first career double-double at the end of overtime with an offensive rebound and put-back to win the game.
- Bader finished the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds, both career highs. Green set a previous career high with 20 points while freshman guard Peyton Dibble and senior forward Ben Best each also reached double-digit points.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Turnovers and a slow first-half led to two losses for Bemidji State at Upper Iowa University, 80-61, and Winona State University, 95-80.
- The Beavers gave away a season-high 24 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Peacocks. Upper Iowa led, 39-24, at halftime and took advantage of 11 second-half turnovers by Bemidji State for the interdivisional win.
- Green was the only Beaver with double-digit scoring, totaling 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field. Black and senior forward Will Harvey followed with nine points each. Black tied a career high with three 3-pointers while freshman forward Lucas Wendt set a career high with five rebounds.
- Bemidji State fell for the fourth time after winning the rebound margin. The Beavers outrebounded the Peacocks, 45-30, including 14 offensive rebounds that led to 14 points.
- Winona State capitalized on a 14-2 run to begin the game against Bemidji State and led by at least 10 points the rest of the way. The Beavers shot 33.3 percent from the field in the first half but finished the second with a season-high 59 points for a half in the second.
- Black led BSU with 21 points on 6-for-9 shooting from the field and 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Green continued his double-digit scoring streak with 19 points and has reached at least 10 points in every game but one this season. Green has led BSU in scoring a team-best seven times this season, while Black has led during four games.
- BSU lost for the third time when shooting at least 50 percent from the field and have not won in four tries while allowing the opponent to at least 50 percent shooting from the floor.
- Green leads BSU and ranks ninth in the NSIC with 16.9 points per game. He is also one of the best shooters in the league, converting from 47.4 percent of shots from the field to rank 15th in the NSIC.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- The Huskies won both of its games to end 2016 with an 82-71 victory over Minot State University and an 88-73 margin over University of Mary. The program has now won four games in a row and seven of the last eight contests to move into first place in the NSIC North division.
- NSIC North Player of the Week Gage Davis led SCSU in scoring both games with a career-high 38 points and 17 rebounds against the Beavers, and 21 points and eight rebounds against the Marauders. His 38 points are the most for the program since 2011.
- Scottie Stone recorded 22 points against Minot State and 18 against U-Mary. Trevon Marshall scored a career-high 19 points against U-Mary while Jon Averkamp tied a career-high 10 rebounds in the same game.
- SCSU needed to rally in the second half of both games and have three second-half comeback wins in the last four games.
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth won in two of its most recent three games during its previous week of action to enter the weekend 3-10 overall and 2-5 in conference play. UMD escaped Mary with a win, 86-84, before falling to Minot State, 67-56. Minnesota Duluth hosted University of Wisconsin-Superior for a Tuesday game, taking a win at home, 66-56.
- The Bulldogs put together its best offensive performance of the season against the Marauders, scoring a season-high 86 points and shooting a season-best 50.0 percent from the field. Five UMD players scored double-digit points against Mary, while the Bulldogs picked up 16 assists and six steals.
- UMD was outscored in both halves against MiSU and allowed the Beavers to at least 45.0 percent shooting in each half. After trailing 37-28 at halftime, UMD shot 28.1 percent from the field and converted 1-of-13 shots from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs’ 56 points is their lowest output for a single-game this season.
- Minnesota Duluth is coming off a 66-56 win at home against Wisconsin-Superior that featured the majority of its points from the paint. The Bulldogs won the battle inside, outscoring the Yellowjackets 40-20 in the paint.
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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).