Beavers welcome in Dragons and Wolves for final series games

Beavers welcome in Dragons and Wolves for final series games
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Beavers welcome in Dragons and Wolves for final series games

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball will host Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University to close out their regular season series Jan. 10-11 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. on Friday against the Dragons before playing at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday against the Wolves.

The Series
vs. MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 99-86.
  • The Beavers won the first meeting against the Dragons this season, 79-67. BSU shot 51.8 percent from the field and held MSUM to 37.5 percent shooting while also outscoring the Dragons in the paint, 44-24. Bemidji State also turned 14 MSUM turnovers into 19 points.
  • Senior guard Ja Morgan led BSU in scoring with 21 points while playing all 40 minutes. He went 8-of-14 from the field and added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block. Junior guard Nick Wagner followed in scoring with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting.
  • The Beavers are going for just the second season sweep of the Dragons since the 2003-04 season after taking a season sweep in 2015-16. The last season split came during the 2013-14 season.
  • The series began Feb. 17, 1928, a 33-22 win by MSU Moorhead. Bemidji State has faced MSU Moorhead more than any opponent in program history at 184 games.

vs. Northern State

  • Northern State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 66-27.
  • NSU won the first meeting of the season against BSU, 81-73, in Aberdeen, S.D. Although the Beavers nearly shot 50 percent, the Wolves went 52.9 percent from the field and turned 11 BSU turnovers into 16 points. Bemidji State hit a conference-season-high 13 3-pointers but pulled down a conference-season-low 28 rebounds in the loss.
  • Morgan led BSU in scoring with 20 points, his third of four 20-point games this season. Senior forward Logan Bader and junior guard Griffin Chase each followed with 13 points in 33 minutes each.
  • The last win by BSU over NSU was Feb. 11, 2017 in Bemidji.
  • The series began Dec. 18, 1959, a 78-48 win by Bemidji State.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State took a weekend split after a 73-57 loss at University of Minnesota Duluth and a 91-82 win at St. Cloud State University. BSU fell for the fourth consecutive game to UMD but snapped a six-game losing streak to SCSU. The Beavers took a win against the Huskies for the first time since Jan. 10, 2016.
  • BSU had its worst shooting performance of the conference season after making 35.8 percent of its shots from the field despite making a conference-schedule-best 13 3-pointers against UMD. The Bulldogs won the rebound battle, 40-32, and scored 23 points off 13 Beavers turnovers.
  • Bemidji State bounced back from its loss with its best shooting performance of the conference season at 57.1 percent from the floor against St. Cloud State. The game switched leads nine times in the first half before BSU took a game-high 15-point lead, 58-43. SCSU brought the score back down to a four-point difference but BSU made 11-of-12 free throws over the final minute to secure the win.
  • Junior forward Derek Thompson led BSU with 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game over the weekend. Thompson highlighted BSU’s win over SCSU with career highs of 28 points and 15 rebounds, the most for a Beaver in a game since 2014. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund averaged 16.0 points per game with 20 coming in the win over the Huskies. Bjorklund has now scored at least 20 points three times and led BSU in the weekend opener with 12 points against the Bulldogs.
  • The Beavers are 7-0 playing on Saturday this season, 6-0 when leading at halftime, 7-0 when shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor, 8-0 when shooting better than the opponent and 6-0 when sinking more free throws than their opponents.
  • Bemidji State ranks sixth in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting .420 from beyond the arc. The Beavers also rank among the top 30 nationally in 3-point field goals per game (13th/11.7), defensive rebounds per game (18th/29.7), field goal percentage defense (26th/.408), and field goal percentage (30th/.495).

Scouting MSU Moorhead

  • MSU Moorhead opened its last weekend of games with an 89-77 loss to Winona State University before closing with a 98-84 win over Upper Iowa University at home.
  • The Dragons are the best shooting team in the NSIC, making 50.1 percent of its field goals, and rank sixth with 78.9 points per game. Defensively, MSUM is near the bottom in points per game and field goal percentage allowed but rank second with 30.9 rebounds allowed per game.
  • Sophomore guard Gavin Baumgartner leads the team and ranks 13th in the conference with 16.1 points per game. He is shooting 54.1 percent from the field, which ranks fifth in the league, and paces the NSIC shooting 94.1 percent from the free throw line.

Scouting Northern State

  • Northern State split its last weekend with a 95-86 loss to Upper Iowa and a 72-68 win over Winona State University to enter this weekend 10-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play.
  • The Wolves are averaging 77.2 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting from the field and 36.0 percent from beyond the arc. NSU is allowing 69.3 points per game and ranks third in the NSIC with a 1.37 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  • Sophomore forward Parker Fox was named the NSIC North Division Player of the Week after averaging 28.5 points, 11.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game against the Peacocks and Warriors. He scored a career-high 35 points with 12 rebounds in NSU’s win. Fox ranks fourth in the NSIC with 20.3 points per game.

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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).

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