BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program finishes its 2017-18 home slate with a doubleheader against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North opponents, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University. The Beavers open the weekend Friday at 8 p.m. against the Dragons followed by Senior Day Saturday at 6 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
- Bemidji State continues its longest rivalry in program history with the 182nd meeting versus MSU Moorhead. The Dragons lead the all-time series, 97-84, that first began Feb. 17, 1928 in Moorhead, Minn. BSU came away with its first win against MSUM in seven tries Dec. 9, 82-81, in Moorhead, Minn.
- Freshman forward Derek Thompson came off the bench to lead BSU with 20 points, including the final two with seconds remaining to seal the win. Senior guard Sharif Black went 8-for-12 from the field to finish with 18 points, while sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green scored 14 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
- Northern State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 62-27, that dates back to Dec. 18, 1959. Both teams have swapped wins over the last three games, including a 75-54 win by the Wolves Dec. 8 in the first game of the season series.
- Black led BSU in scoring over NSU with 14 points, while sophomore forward Logan Bader came one point and one rebound shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Green was the only other Beaver to finish with double-figure scoring at 10 points.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a split for the fourth consecutive weekend after a 91-70 win against Wayne State College and a 92-66 loss to Augustana University. BSU currently sits in the fourth spot of the NSIC North Division standings with four games to play.
- The Beavers jumped out to a 52-34 lead at halftime over the Wildcats after a 26-4 run early in the game and finished with a trio of guards combining for 64 points. BSU shot 51.7 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the charity stripe while outrebounding WSC, 51-34.
- The guard trio of Black, Green and senior Christian Pekarek each topped 20 points to lead the way against Wayne State. Black and Pekarek each finished with 22 points while Green chipped in 20. All five Beaver starters finished in double-figure scoring, while Green recorded his first double-double of the season.
- After starting the game 6-for-6 from the field, Bemidji State fell cold in the second half as Augustana pulled away with a 24-2 run late in the game. The Beavers shot 40.4 percent from the floor, 32.3 percent from 3-point range and 58.8 percent from the free throw line, and gave away 25 second-chance points on 13 Augie offensive rebounds.
- Black finished with 22 points for the second consecutive night on 9-of-16 shooting from the field. Green followed Black with 12 points and pulled down six rebounds. Thompson finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the floor.
- The Beavers enter the weekend 10th in the NSIC with 74.8 points allowed per game and 13th with 72.9 points scored per game. Bemidji State’s 43.7 percent field goal defense comes in second in the league compared to its 45.6 percent shooting offense that comes in 13th.
- Black continues to lead Bemidji State in scoring with 15.4 points per game, which ranks him 14th in the conference. Green follows close behind with 13.2 points per game, which ranks him 26th in the NSIC. Pekarek is a key factor in BSU’s scoring as he leads the team and ranks eighth in the NSIC with 4.1 assists per game. He also ranks seventh in the league with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5.
- Black and Pekarek are BSU’s lone seniors on the squad and will be recognized Saturday night as part of Senior Day. Black joined the program in 2016-17 and has averaged 13.8 points per game while starting 47 of 49 career games as a Beaver. Pekarek will finish his four-year career at BSU as the program’s fourth-leading assist creator while starting 73 of 90 career games played in.
Scouting MSU Moorhead
- MSU Moorhead dropped road games at Winona State, 93-78, and Upper Iowa, 91-78, its last weekend out. Junior guard Travaun Coad recorded his team-best eighth double-double of the season with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss at Upper Iowa. Senior guard Tanner Kretchman surpassed 1,500 career points in the loss at UIU, while the team shot 43.2 percent from the 3-point range on the weekend.
- The Dragons currently rank 12th in the NSIC in scoring offense with 75.0 points per game and 16th in scoring defense with 82.8 points allowed per game. MSUM comes in 13th in the league in rebounding offense with 32.8 boards per game and 11th in rebounding defense with 34.5 rebounds allowed per game.
- Kretchman averaged 19.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game on the week, while junior forward Addison Park averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. Junior guard Travaun Coad averaged 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and sophomore guard Johnny Beeninga averaged 10.0 points per game.
Scouting Northern State
- Northern State took a sweep over Upper Iowa, 93-80, and Winona State, 82-64, to enter the weekend first in the NSIC North Division standings. The Wolves enter the weekend 23-3 overall and 16-2 in conference play.
- The Wolves come into Friday’s game fourth in the conference in scoring offense with 79.7 points per game and first in scoring defense with 66.4 points allowed per game. NSU boasts the NSIC’s top field goal offense at 50.3 percent from the field and the best field goal defense with 43.1 percent allowed from the floor. Northern State also leads the league in rebounding defense, allowing 29.2 rebounds per game and fourth in rebounding offense with 36.2 boards per contest.
- DJ Pollard led the team with 18.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game while shooting 56.5 percent from the field. Logan Doyle led the team with 16 rebounds, while notching 28 total points and shooting 72.2 percent from the floor. Ian Smith and Cole Dahl averaged 13.5 and 10.5 points per game, respectively.
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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).