Bemidji State travels to North Dakota for final weekend of 2017-18

Bemidji State travels to North Dakota for final weekend of 2017-18
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Bemidji State travels to North Dakota for final weekend of 2017-18

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program travels Feb. 16-17 to face University of Mary and Minot State University for the final regular season games of the 2017-18 season. BSU begins the weekend Friday at 8 p.m. against U-Mary in Bismarck, N.D., followed by the regular season finale Saturday at 6 p.m. against MiSU in Minot, N.D.

The Series

  • U-Mary leads the all-time series versus Bemidji State, 14-10, 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. U-Mary took the first game of the season series Jan. 20, 88-80, in Bemidji, Minn.
  • All five Beavers starters recorded double-figure scoring, led by senior guard Sharif Black with 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting. He added five assists, which also led the team, and six rebounds. Freshman forward Derek Thompson was two rebounds shy of a double-double while totaling 15 points. Sophomore forward Logan Bader also came close to a double-double after finishing the game with 13 points and nine rebounds.
  • Bemidji State and Minot State began the 21-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, 12-9, although MiSU has won four of the last five meetings. Bemidji State began the 2017-18 season series with an 80-73 win at home.
  • All five BSU starters began the January weekend series with double-figure scoring, led by Black with 24 points on 11-of-19 shooting. He also finished the opening game of the weekend with five assists. Bader followed Black with 18 points on 60.0 percent shooting from the field. Thompson and senior guard Christian Pekarek each came three rebounds shy of a double-double.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State took a split for the fifth consecutive weekend after an 80-73 win against Minnesota State University Moorhead and a 104-76 loss to No. 12 Northern State University in Bemidji, Minn. BSU also fell in an exhibition at Division I No. 25 Creighton University, 94-46, Tuesday in Omaha, Neb.
  • MSU Moorhead led Bemidji State by two points at halftime, but BSU shot over 50 percent in the second half to secure the first season sweep of MSUM since the 2003-04 season. BSU shot 47.7 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 80.0 percent from the free throw line while outrebounding MSUM, 42-35.
  • Sophomore forward Logan Bader led BSU with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the season, while senior guard Christian Pekarek recorded BSU’s 22nd game all-time with at least 10 assists.
  • After leading 16-15, Bemidji State allowed Northern State to an 11-0 run before a 13-2 run to end the first half in the loss at home. Bemidji State shot 48.3 percent from the floor, 45.0 percent from long range and 68.8 percent from the charity stripe, and gave away 16 Wolves points on eight turnovers.
  • Senior guard Sharif Black led BSU with 22 points Saturday night in the final home game of the season, while sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green and freshman forward Derek Thompson each followed with 11.
  • BSU went into CenturyLink Center against CU and held a 10-point lead twice in the first half, but the Bluejays went on a 23-4 run to end the half and guide to the win over the second half.
  • The Beavers enter Friday 11th in the NSIC with 75.8 points allowed per game and 13th with 73.3 points scored per game. Bemidji State’s 44.1 percent field goal defense comes in second in the league compared to its 45.7 percent shooting offense that comes in 13th.
  • Black continues to lead Bemidji State in scoring with 15.8 points per game, which ranks him 14th in the conference. Green follows with 13.0 points per game, which ranks him 27th in the NSIC.
  • Pekarek is a key factor in BSU’s scoring as he leads the team and ranks sixth in the NSIC with 4.4 assists per game. He also ranks sixth in the league with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.5. Pekarek ranks fourth all-time at BSU with 280 career assists.

Scouting U-Mary

  • U-Mary is currently on a six-game losing streak after facing a sweep to St. Cloud State University, 79-57, and University of Minnesota Duluth, 67-60, on the road. The Marauders sit in eighth in the NSIC North Division and 16th in the overall conference standings with a 5-19 overall record and 3-17 mark in league play.
  • Freshman Wyatt Carr reached double-digit scoring in both games of the weekend for the first time this season. Carr, who was 7-for-11 beyond the arc over the weekend, scored 11 points at SCSU and 12 at UMD. Freshman Matthew Kreklow posted 13 points and five rebounds at SCSU and is 15th in the conference with a .533 field goal percentage. Trevor Zacher is 19-for-26 from long range over his last seven games.
  • The Marauders currently rank 15th in the NSIC in scoring offense with 70.3 points per game and 13th in scoring defense with 77.7 points allowed per game. U-Mary comes in 16th in the league in rebounding offense with 29.6 boards per game and 10th in rebounding defense with 34.3 rebounds allowed per game.

Scouting Minot State

  • Minot State secured the No. 3 seed from the NSIC North Division for the NSIC Tournament after being swept on the road by Minnesota Duluth in double overtime, 80-78, and St. Cloud State, 96-60. The Beavers enter the weekend 11-9 overall and 17-9 in conference games.
  • Tyler Rudolph (21 points, 11 rebounds), David Akibo (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Luis Ricci Maia (11 points, 10 assists) each recorded a double-double in the double overtime game against the Bulldogs. Max Cody came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting at St. Cloud State. Rudolph ranks second in the NSIC with 20.7 points per game. Ricci Maia ranks second in the league with 6.3 assists per game.
  • The Beavers enter Friday’s game ninth in the conference in scoring offense with 77.9 points per game and fifth in scoring defense with 72.8 points allowed per game. MiSU ranks fourth in field goal percent at 48.7 and ninth in field goal percent defense at 46.0. The Beavers are pulling down 33.8 rebounds per game, to rank ninth, and allow 31.9 boards per game, to rank fourth.

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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).