BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s hoops program has a chance to move above .500 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference with a road trip to face No. 16 Northern State University Friday, Dec. 8 and Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday, Dec. 9.
- Northern State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 61-27, that dates back to Dec. 18, 1959. Both teams have won two of the last four meetings, while the Beavers took the most recent matchup, 63-59, Feb. 11, 2017.
- Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green scored 21 points in the road win against the Wolves, while senior guard Christian Pekarek chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. BSU shot 38.9 percent from the floor combined in the two meetings last season.
- Bemidji State continues its longest rivalry in program history with the 181st meeting versus MSU Moorhead. The Dragons lead the all-time series, 97-83, that first began Feb. 17, 1928 in Moorhead, Minn. MSUM took the first seven games of the series and have also won the six most recent meetings, including a 102-78 win in Moorhead Feb. 10, 2017.
- Green averaged 17.5 points per game against the Dragons while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. Senior guard Sharif Black scored 12 points with eight assists in the first matchup of the 2016-17 season. Sophomore forward Lucas Wendt came off the bench with 12 points in the season finale against the then-No. 24 ranked Dragons.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a split in the first full weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action with a 73-63 win against University of Minnesota Duluth and a 96-62 loss to St. Cloud State University.
- After trailing 14-11 10 minutes into the first half against the Bulldogs, the Beavers went on a 7-2 run to take the lead for the rest of the game. BSU shot 45.6 percent from the field and held UMD to 8.0 percent shooting from beyond the arc while all five BSU starters scored in double-digits.
- Pekarek scored a season-high 16 points while adding seven rebounds, four assists and two steals against Minnesota Duluth. Black and Wendt joined Pekarek for the team lead with 16 points each. Sophomore forward Logan Bader followed with 13 points while Green scored 12.
- St. Cloud State opened the second game on a 14-0 run while leading the entire game. Black, Wendt and sophomore guard Jacob McNallan each led BSU with 14 points, followed by Green with 12.
- The Beavers shot 39.3 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from long range and averaged 39.0 rebounds per game between Friday and Saturday.
- The Beavers enter the weekend ranked 11th in the NSIC with 75.9 points scored and fifth with 72.0 points allowed per game. BSU is shooting 45.7 percent from the field, which ranks 13th in the league, and is holding opponents to 43.7 percent shooting, which ranks seventh.
- Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green ranks 17th in the NSIC with 14.6 points per game while sophomore forward Lucas Wendt ranks second in the conference with a .579 field goal percentage (44-76).
- Senior guard Christian Pekarek currently sits seventh all-time at BSU with 213 total assists. Pekarek is currently on pace to record 144 assists this season, which would rank fifth in BSU single-season history.
Scouting No. 16 Northern State
- The No. 16 Northern State men’s basketball team opened NSIC play with two double-figure victories over Minot State University, 86-60, and University of Mary, 75-66. Ian Smith scored a career high 26 points against the Beavers while Gabe King added a career high 18 points against the Marauders.
- Three Wolves averaged double figure points as Northern State shot 51.9 percent from the floor, 46.0 percent from the arc and 70.3 percent from the foul line. NSU averaged 80.5 points and 37.4 rebounds, while notching 33 assists, 10 blocks and six steals. The Wolves outscored their opponents by 17.5 points and outrebounded their opponents by 13.0 boards.
- Northern State currently sits second in the league in scoring defense (63.0), field goal percentage (51.9), field goal percentage defense (39.2), 3-point field goal percentage (46.0), rebounding margin (+13.0), blocked shots (5.0) and assists (16.5).
- Logan Doyle ranks third in the league with 7.9 rebounds per game. Doyle ranks fourth in blocked shots per game (1.7) while Carter Evans ranks just behind at fifth with 1.3 blocks per game.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead split on the road to open the NSIC season, earning an 89-82 win at U-Mary before falling to Minot State, 78-65. The Dragons built a double-digit lead and held on for the win against the Marauders before ending an 11-game winning streak Saturday against the Beavers.
- MSUM is averaging 79.4 points per game, which ranks eighth in the conference, and shooting 47.1 percent from the field, which ranks seventh. The Dragons rank last in the NSIC with 85.1 points allowed per game.
- Sophomore guard Johnny Beeninga averaged 21 points and 2.5 assists per game during the week. Junior guard Travaun Coad averaged 12.5 points and a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game. Junior forward Addison Park (11.0), sophomore guard Evan Hines (11.0) and senior guard Tanner Kretchman (10.0) also averaged in double figures for the week.
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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).