BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program hosts regional rivals University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University in the first home weekend of the 2019 calendar year. The Beavers tip-off Friday’s game against the Bulldogs at 7:30 p.m. followed by Saturday’s contest against the Huskies at 5:30 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
- Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 91-46.
- BSU has won four of the past seven meetings dating back to the 2015-16 season.
- The Beavers have won three of the last four meetings by an average margin of 6.7 points per game. The Bulldogs came away with a victory in the most recent game, 62-57, Jan. 6, 2018 in Duluth, Minn.
- Junior forward Logan Bader led BSU with 11 points per game against UMD last season, including a 13-point performance in BSU’s win. Bader also totaled 7.5 rebounds per game while sophomore forward Zach Baumgartner recorded a nine-rebound performance off the bench in BSU’s loss. During the loss, sophomore forward Derek Thompson recorded 15 points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal.
- The series began Feb. 21, 1931, a 28-26 win by BSU in Duluth. The Beavers won four of the first five games in the series, which is the fourth longest series versus a single opponent in BSU history, behind St. Cloud State (147 games), Winona State University (158 games) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (183 games).
St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 101-46.
- BSU’s most recent victory came Jan. 10, 2016, a 70-69 decision in Bemidji, Minn. SCSU has won eight of the last nine meetings against BSU.
- The Huskies swept the Beavers in the 2017-18 series, 96-62 in Bemidji and 77-72 in St. Cloud, Minn.
- Junior guard Jacob McNallan led BSU in scoring with 14 points off the bench in the first meeting last season against SCSU. He shot 5-of-7 from the field, including 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, in 15 minutes of action. Bader scored 13 points during the game in St. Cloud, while Thompson led the team with eight rebounds.
- The series began Jan. 6, 1922, a 47-13 win by St. Cloud State in St. Cloud. After SCSU won the first three games of the series, BSU won three straight to even the series after six games.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State finished the season series against University of Minnesota Crookston with a split following a 72-51 loss Sunday, Dec. 30 in Crookston, Minn.
- The Beavers struggled shooting from the floor, finishing 36.2 percent from the field and 35.0 percent from 3-point range. Sixteen turnovers allowed the Golden Eagles to score 20 points while BSU was only able to score three points off five UMC turnovers.
- Freshman guard Max Bjorklund led the Beavers in scoring with a career-high 15 points off the bench, shooting 4-of-5 from the field, 2-of-2 from long range and 5-of-6 from the free throw line. Bader and freshman forward Cody Landwehr followed Bjorklund in scoring with seven points each.
- On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 15.1 points per game with three games of at least 22 points. He also paces the team on the boards with 7.3 rebounds per game, which ranks 11th in the NSIC, and has three double-doubles. Thompson ranks seventh in the NSIC in field goal percentage while Bader comes in at 19th. Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman leads the league shooting 51.7 percent from behind the arc.
- BSU ranks among the top four teams in the NSIC in field goal percentage (.496/2nd) and 3-point field goal percentage (.411/3rd).
Scouting Minnesota Duluth
- Minnesota Duluth took a season sweep over St. Cloud State during its last game out with a 75-60 win Sunday, Dec. 30 in Duluth.
- UMD pulled away after a tightly-contested opening 11 minutes against SCSU, heading into halftime with a 36-32 lead. The Bulldogs controlled the lead for the entirety of the second half despite allowing the Huskies to inch to within one point three minutes into the half. UMD held SCSU to just three points over the final four minutes of the game.
- Two Bulldogs scored at least 20 points against the Huskies, led by junior forward Brandon Myer with 24 points. Myer ranks seventh in the conference at 20.3 points per game and has yet to score below 12 points in a game this season.
- Senior forward Sean Burns followed Myer in scoring with 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
- The Bulldogs rank among the top half of the NSIC in multiple defensive categories, ranking fourth with 66.0 points per game allowed, fifth with .421 field goal percentage allowed and eighth with .346 3-point percentage allowed.
Scouting St. Cloud State
- St. Cloud State enters the weekend with a 9-3 record overall and a 4-2 mark in conference play following a 75-60 loss to Minnesota Duluth Sunday, Dec. 30.
- The Huskies’ high-scoring offense faced a struggle against the Bulldogs while leading early in the game before the Bulldogs took control in the second half. Both of SCSU’s conference loss have come in games against UMD.
- Senior guard Gage Davis recorded his second consecutive 20+ point performance, leading the team with 22 points to go along with 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
- Senior forward Sean Smith followed Davis with 13 points and led the team with 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season.
- The Huskies are one of the most potent offenses in the NSIC, ranking fifth with 81.4 points per game and fourth with .485 field goal percentage. SCSU’s 3-point defense is also one of the league’s best, coming in third allowing .314 percentage from beyond the arc.
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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).