BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team begins Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Saturday, Nov. 25 with a trip to face University of Minnesota Crookston at Lysaker Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-2) and Golden Eagles (2-3) begin the 64th all-time meeting between the two programs at 4 p.m. in Crookston, Minn.
- Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston have met 63 times in the all-time series, led by BSU, 48-15. BSU has taken three of the last four meetings and held a 23-1 record against UMC between Dec. 19, 2001 - Nov. 29, 2014.
- Both teams took a win in the series during the 2016-17 season, each on its own home court.
- The Golden Eagles took the first game of the season series, 82-81, thanks to a free throw with three seconds remaining in the game. Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green led all Beavers with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting while senior guard Sharif Black recorded 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.
- The Beavers answered with a 77-75 win against the Golden Eagles in Bemidji, Minn., despite UMC outscoring BSU, 50-35, in the second half. Sophomore forward Lucas Wendt came off the bench to lead BSU with 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, including 3-of-3 on 3-pointers. Black again scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting why Green totaled 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State went 3-0 during its three-game home stand, taking wins from Valley City State University, 88-70, Northland College, 87-64, and Oak Hills Christian College, 115-60.
- Efficient ball movement and shot creation helped Bemidji State pull away from Valley City State in the second half, as BSU totaled 21 assists to just nine turnovers. The Beavers outscored the Vikings in the second half, 51-35, while shooting 50.0 percent from the field during the entire game.
- Wendt led all scorers with a career-high 22 points and also led the Beavers on the glass with five boards. Senior guard Christian Pekarek was the main facilitator of the team’s assists, recording seven on the night.
- Another second half of shooting success led BSU over NC, totaling 73.1 percent shooting from the floor in the final period. The Beavers outscored the Lumberjacks in the second half, 47-30.
- The hot shooting of Green led the Beavers unit with a career-high 33 points on 11-of-14 from the field. Pekarek again helped direct the floor with a team-high seven assists, placing himself among BSU’s top 10 assist list all-time. Pekarek currently has 204 career assists, which ranks him ninth all-time at BSU.
- Bemidji State set a program record for margin of victory in its 65-point win over Oak Hills Christian, as all but two members of the team recorded points and seven recorded scoring in the double-digits. The Wolfpack hung around with the Beavers and led, 15-14, midway through the first half, before BSU ended the first period on a 35-12 run.
- Wendt again led the Beavers in scoring with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting while also grabbing seven rebounds. Black and freshman forward Zach Baumgartner each led BSU with eight rebounds apiece, while Pekarek set a season high with eight assists.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- Minnesota Crookston took its third loss of the season, to hold a 2-3 record on the season, heading into Saturday’s game against Bemidji State. The Golden Eagles fell, 87-85, to the Jimmies of University of Jamestown Tuesday, Nov. 21.
- The Golden Eagles held a 51-42 lead after the first half, but the UJ outscored UMC in the second, 45-34. Minnesota Crookston held a lead of 17 points early in the second half, but Jamestown went on a 13-0 run over a five-minute stretch to take its first lead since midway through the first half.
- Sophomore guard Harrison Cleary led all UMC athletes with 36 points on 13-of-27 shooting and eight rebounds. Junior guards Chase Knicerbocker and Alan Hodge, and freshman guard Ben Juhl each also scored double-digit points.
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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).