BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program opens its second consecutive season at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Classic held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Friday Nov. 11 and Saturday Nov. 12. The Beavers open the season Friday at 5:30 p.m. against the Lions of Lindenwood University followed by a 5 p.m. tip-off Saturday against the Mules of University of Central Missouri.
The Series vs. Lindenwood
- Lindenwood took the first-ever meeting against Bemidji State in last year’s season-opener in the NSIC/MIAA Classic. The Lions took down the Beavers, 62-44, in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
- Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green broke out during his first game in a Beavers jersey, leading the team with 14 points in 33 minutes played. Sophomore forward Logan Bader also made his presence felt off the bench with seven points and seven rebounds.
The Series vs. Central Missouri
- Central Missouri also took the first-ever meeting against Bemidji State at the NSIC/MIAA Classic last season. The Mules pulled away in the second half to top the Beavers, 80-65.
- Senior guard Sharif Black came to life in the second night of the tournament with 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field. He sank three 3-pointers and also grabbed eight rebounds. Green followed with another consistent performance with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers and four rebounds.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State comes off a 10-18 overall record during the 2016-17 season and return four starters. Six letter winners in total return for the 2016-17 season while six newcomers join the program.
- Seniors Sharif Black and Christian Pekarek along with sophomore Kyle Sorenson were selected as the Beavers’ team captains for 2017-18.
- The Beavers finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule 8-14, including a 5-9 record in the NSIC North Division.
- Head Coach Mike Boschee enters his sixth season with the program after totaling a 64-75 record with the Beavers and a 179-190 career record in 14 seasons as a head coach. Assistant coach Matt Majkrzak, in his fourth season overall with BSU, is in his second season as the top assistant while assistant coach Dustin Boll begins his first season with the team after graduating with his master’s degree from Winona State University in 2017.
- Green led the Beavers in three categories during the 2016-17 season, including points per game (16.2), 3-point percentage (.468) and minutes per game (32.9). The 16.2 points per game ranked Green tied for eighth in the NSIC. He produced a .465 field goal percentage and .750 percentage from the charity stripe, while also pulling down 3.7 rebounds and dishing out about two assists per game. Green also set BSU’s true freshman record for points scored in a single season with 454.
- Black and Pekarek each helped run the offense while ranking first and second on the team in assists, respectively. Black led the way with 3.2 assists per game while Pekarek dished out about 3.0 assists. Black not only facilitated the offense, but put it through himself while ranking second on the team with 12.7 points per game.
- Bemidji State ranked 13th in scoring offense last season in the NSIC with 73.6 points per game. Opposing offenses were not kind on the BSU defense, either, as Bemidji State ranked 16th in the league with 80.5 points allowed per game.
- The Beavers were productive on the glass while ranking eighth in the conference with 35.3 rebounds per game and ninth with 34.4 rebounds allowed per game.
- The Lions open the 2017-18 season against the Beavers for the second consecutive season.
- Lindenwood fell to the Marquette University, 81-79, in exhibition play on Nov. 4. The Lions gave the Golden Eagles a scare as a late tip-in and turnover allowed LU a chance to win on a last-second 3-pointer. The shot fell shy, though, leading to the exhibition loss.
- Brad Newman led the Lions with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and four 3-pointers, while Chandler Diekvoss and Jackson Price each added 16 points.
- Lindenwood begins its third season under head coach Lance Randall. Randall is in his 10th season as a collegiate head coach, and has a 158-105 all-time record.
- The Lions are in their sixth season at the NCAA Division II level, and as a member of the MIAA. Last year, the Lions had their first 20-win campaign as a NCAA member as the team went 21-12 overall.
Scouting Central Missouri
- The Mules open their 2017-18 campaign Friday, Nov. 10 against University of Minnesota Duluth before facing the Beavers on Saturday at 5 p.m.
- Central Missouri faced Florida State University in an exhibition Oct. 26, in which the Seminoles took the win, 116-68, in Tallahassee, Fla.
- Spencer Reaves led the Mules in scoring with 26 points, including shooting 12-of-12 from the free throw line. Clarence Smith was the only other UCM player in double-digit scoring with 15 points off the bench.
- The Mules finished the 2016-17 season 21-9 overall with a 13-6 mark in MIAA play to finish second in the regular season standings. UCM finished second in the MIAA Tournament, losing to eventual National Champion Northwest Missouri, 69-61.
- Doug Karleskint has a record of 60-31 as he begins his fourth season as head coach at Central Missouri and a 149-65 overall mark in his eighth season as a head coach.
- The Mules projected starting five consists of four returners and one newcomer. Jakob Lowrance, Spencer Reaves, DJ Richardson and Clarence Smith all saw significant minutes last season for UCM. Division I Missouri-Kansas City transfer Duane Clark Jr. fits in as the fifth starter early in the season.
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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).