Beavers host final home weekend versus Huskies and Bulldogs

Beavers host final home weekend versus Huskies and Bulldogs
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Beavers host final home weekend versus Huskies and Bulldogs

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball hosts its final home weekend of the 2019-20 season Feb. 21-22 against St. Cloud State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers begin the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Huskies before BSU honors its two seniors at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against the Bulldogs.

The Series
vs St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 103-47.
  • BSU snapped a six-game losing streak to SCSU with a 91-82 win on Jan. 4, 2020 in St. Cloud, Minn.
  • Four Beavers combined for 80 of BSU’s 91 points, led by junior forward Derek Thompson with 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting. He recorded a career-high 15 rebounds for his sixth career double-double. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund also reached 20 points scoring on 6-of-8 shooting and 6-of-6 from the free-throw line. Junior guard Nick Wagner scored 19 points while senior forward Logan Bader added 13 points with eight rebounds.
  • The series began Jan. 6, 1922, a 47-13 win by St. Cloud State in St. Cloud.

vs Minot State

  • Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 93-46.
  • The Bulldogs have now won four straight games against the Beavers after a 73-57 win on Jan. 3, 2020 in Duluth, Minn.
  • Bader and Bjorklund were the only Beavers to score in double-figures, led by Bjorklund with 12 points. Junior forward Zach Baumgartner led the team with six rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
  • 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 (149 games), Winona State University (159 games) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (186 games).

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State has now won four of its last five games after taking a weekend sweep over the University of Mary, 82-53, and Minot State University, 73-65. The Beavers enter the weekend fifth of the NSIC North Division, three games behind St. Cloud State. In order to secure a home playoff game, BSU would need to win its final two games with two losses by Augustana University.
  • BSU earned its largest win in NSIC play since 2013 with a 29-point victory over UMary. The Beavers’ defense allowed a conference-season low 36.7 percent shooting to the Marauders. Bemidji State pulled away by double-digits early in the second-half following a 13-point run and outscored UMary in the second half, 40-19.
  • Bemidji State and Minot State played close through the entirety of the game, trading leads four teams before halftime and staying within four points of each other until one minute remaining in the game. BSU sank 9-of-10 free throws over the final minute to secure the victory over MiSU.
  • Four Beavers averaged over 10 points per game over the weekend, led by Thompson with 16.5 points on 54.2 percent (13-24) shooting from the field. Bjorklund followed with 15.5 points per game and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers against UMary. Senior guard Ja Morgan averaged 13.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while Wagner scored 10.5 points per game.
  • Bader and Morgan will be honored during Saturday’s game as the team’s lone seniors. The duo has combined for 148 games played and 142 games started with the Beavers. Bader, in four seasons with BSU, holds the program record for most 3-point field goals (178) and ranks fourth with 614 career rebounds and 18th with 1,035 career points. Morgan, in two seasons with BSU, has proven to be one of the best assist-men in program history despite missing 12 games during his senior season. Entering the weekend, he ranks seventh all-time at BSU with 245 career assists and holds the second-most assists in a single-season with 180 set last season. His 6.4 assists per game in 2018-19 stands as a program single-season record.
  • Bemidji State ranks 13th in the nation and leads the NSIC shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc, 28th nationally with 10.8 3-point field goals per game and 42nd nationally shooting 48.0 percent from the floor.
  • Wagner ranks third in the NSIC shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the arc and 16th with 15.0 points per game. Thompson ranks eighth in the league shooting 51.0 percent from the floor. Bader ranks ninth in the NSIC with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Scouting St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State was swept during its final home weekend of the season against Minnesota State University Moorhead, 74-63, and Northern State University, 88-68.
  • SCSU ranks among the top half of the NSIC shooting 47.3 percent from the floor (5th) and scoring 77.8 points per game (6th).
  • Senior guard Trevon Marshall ranks second in the league with 4.9 assists per game and third with 21.0 points per game. Freshman guard Anthony Roberts ranks sixth in the conference shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 13th with 6.4 rebounds per game.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth took a weekend split at home following an 85-73 loss to Northern State and a 99-86 win over MSU Moorhead last weekend. The Bulldogs enter the weekend second in the NSIC North Division with a 14-6 mark in conference play.
  • UMD enters the weekend as the conference leader with 83.1 points per game and ranks second, just behind BSU, shooting 39.9 percent from beyond the arc.
  • Senior forward Brandon Myer ranks second in the NSIC with 22.0 points per game and fifth with 9.2 rebounds per game and shooting 52.6 percent from the floor. Senior guard Trevor Entwisle ranks fifth in the league with 4.5 assists 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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