BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program hosts its only home games of January on Friday and Saturday in the first season meetings against Minot State University and University of Mary. The Beavers of BSU meet the Beavers of MiSU for the 21st time Friday night before the Beavers and Marauders play for the 24th time in the series history.
- Bemidji State and Minot State began the 20-game series Dec. 28, 1967, an 86-62 win by BSU at the Mayville Invitational in Mayville, N.D. BSU leads the all-time record, 11-9, although MiSU has won the last five meetings, including a sweep last season. Minot State took wins of 79-71 on Jan. 20, 2017 in Minot, N.D., and 86-69 on Feb. 18, 2017 in Bemidji, Minn.
- Senior guard Sharif Black averaged 16.5 points per game against Minot State last season while shooting 46.2 percent from the floor. He also dished out 5.0 assists, including a career-high eight Feb. 18, and grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green was the only other Beaver to average double-digit scoring against MiSU with 11.5 on 42.1 percent shooting. Senior guard Christian Pekarek holds a career-high 24 points scored against Minot State as a true freshman Feb. 14, 2015.
- U-Mary leads the all-time series versus Bemidji State, 13-10, which began Dec. 18, 1971 in Bismarck, N.D., with a 92-87 victory over the Beavers. BSU grabbed six of their 10 wins in the series consecutively from 2011-14. Bemidji State’s 78-67 win in the first meeting with U-Mary last season snapped a four-game skid to the Marauders.
- Black also led Bemidji State in scoring over both games against U-Mary last season, averaging 12.0 points per game on 35.0 percent shooting from the field, including an 18-point performance in BSU’s win at U-Mary. As a team, BSU shot 46.4 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from long range and pulled down 37.0 rebounds per game in the two-game split last season.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State earned a split last weekend with a 74-68 win at University of Sioux Falls, BSU’s first win versus USF since 2013, and a 78-72 loss at Southwest Minnesota State University.
- BSU held USF 0-for-8 from the field over the first five minutes of Friday’s game, allowing it to take a 13-0 lead, and closed out the game going 8-for-14 from the free throw line to secure the program’s 1,000th win all-time.
- The Beavers shot 41.1 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from beyond the arc and 68.8 percent from the free throw line while winning the rebound margin, 42-38. Black led BSU in scoring for the seventh time this season with 18 points and went 8-for-11 from the free throw line. Four Beavers reached double-digit scoring, including sophomore Logan Bader with 14 points and 10 rebounds, which was the second double-double of his career and first of the season.
- SMSU took a 10-point lead into halftime and eventually led by as many as 12 in the second half against BSU. After fighting back, the Beavers tied the game at 70-70 but finished the game 0-for-2 from the field and missed the front end of two 1-and-1 free throw attempts. The Mustangs went 2-for-4 from the floor and 4-for-5 from the free throw line over the final two minutes of play.
- Bemidji State shot 49.1 percent from the floor, 36.8 percent from long range and 69.2 percent from the charity stripe. Green led BSU with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting while three other Beavers also reached double-figure scoring. Black followed with 15 points, Bader came in with 14 points and nine rebounds, and Pekarek posted 13 points and totaled seven assists, two shy of his career high.
- The Beavers enter the weekend sixth in the NSIC with 73.5 points allowed per game and 13th with 71.5 points scored per game. Bemidji State’s 43.6 percent field goal defense comes in fourth in the league compared to its 45.1 percent shooting offense that comes in 14th.
- Black continues to lead Bemidji State in scoring with 13.9 points per game, which ranks him 19th in the conference. Green follows close behind with 12.6 points per game, which ranks him 28th in the NSIC. Pekarek is a key factor in BSU’s scoring as he leads the team and ranks seventh in the NSIC with 4.2 assists per game. He also ranks seventh in the league with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.6.
Scouting Minot State
- Minot State continued its strong 2017-18 season with a sweep over Minnesota State University and Concordia University-St. Paul. MiSU currently sits at 16-2 overall and 10-2 in the NSIC heading into the weekend.
- Minot State shot 55.2 percent from the floor in a 91-83 overtime win Friday at Minnesota State. Senior guard Luis Ricci Maia scored a career-high 25 points while junior forward David Akibo totaled 17 points and seven rebounds in the win.
- The Beavers set a new program-high for wins at the Division II level with an 80-67 win over the Golden Bears. Senior forward Tyler Rudolph led MiSU with 29 points and grabbed five rebounds, and extended his string of double-figure scoring to 38 straight games. Rudolph also posted his 31st career double-double in the win.
- Minot State enters Friday’s game ranked fourth in the NSIC totaling 80.2 points per game and second with 68.1 points allowed per game. The Beavers rank second with 50.5 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent field goal defense. MiSU also cleans up on the boards, ranking fourth in the league with 35.9 rebounds per game and second with 31.2 rebounds allowed per game.
- In U-Mary’s first home series against NSIC South opponents, the Marauders were swept by Concordia-St. Paul, 70-66, and Minnesota State, 80-64. U-Mary enters the weekend 3-13 overall and 1-11 in conference play.
- The Marauders held a 10-4 edge in made 3-pointers against the Golden Bears as junior forward Tom Kubank hit four times behind the arc and freshman forward Wyatt Carr came off the bench to connect three times.
- U-Mary made 54 percent of its shots in the second half against Minnesota State and 43.1 percent for the game. The Mavericks offset the Marauders shooting while going 62.2 percent from the floor throughout the game.
- Junior guard Keith Hunter averaged 16.5 points per game on 56 percent shooting from the field. Carr averaged 9.5 points per game and totaled five 3-pointers.
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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).