BSU Ready To Face St. Cloud State At Home
Thursday, December 5, 2002
Thursday, Dec. 5 St. Cloud State&* 7:00 p.m.
&Played at BSU Gymnasium
*Broadcast live w/ Shaun Michaels on 1360 AM

With winning its home-opener on Monday, Bemidji State is looking to go 2-0 at home to open up a campaign for the first time since the 1998-99 season. During that stretch, BSU defeated UM-Crookston, 95-82 before taking down Northwestern (MN), 82-79.

Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is one assist shy of sliding into the tenth spot on the school’s career list. He currently has 172 as he is looking up at Todd Fazio (173), Steve South (176) and David Muelken (183).

Since last Tuesday, the Beavers have gone 2-2. Last Tuesday in St. Paul, Minn., BSU took down Bethel, 81-72 with senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) garnering a career-best 25 points. Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) hit for his third career double-double with 19 points-11 rebounds.

Then, at the South Dakota State University Tournament on Friday and Saturday, the Beavers lost a close 74-70 affair to Augustana before dropping a 83-66 contest to SDSU. The downfall for BSU against AC was that it got outscored 22-11 in the final 10:18. Against the Jackrabbits, BSU shot just 29.7% (22-74) from the floor.

In its home-opener on Monday, Bemidji State buried the Yellowjackets from Wisconsin-Superior, 102-56. Senior transfer Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) notched a BSU-best 14 points to lead four players in double-figure scoring. The Beavers shot a season-best 60.0% (33-55) from the field including 13-20 from three-point range.

Stan Johnson, who leads the team with 15.8 points per game, has been tops on the team three times in scoring... Five of the six games this year as seen Johnson tally 10+ points...The 102 points scored against UW-Superior was the most since a 102-67 win against Mayville State, Dec. 12, 1994...Charles Hanks has led the squad three times in rebounding and is tied with Ben Caron for the season lead (6.3) per game...In his third game back from a foot injury, Chris Wallin posted 14 points on 6-9 shooting in 13 minutes of action - the point total was a team-high...Sophomore Luke Rasmus has dismissed himself from the team due to personal reasons.

Last season, the Beavers may have opened a few eyes with their success on the basketball court. Bemidji State tallied the most conference wins in school history (13). In addition, the 17 overall wins is the most since the 1972-73 season (19) and the .607 winning percentage is the best mark since the 1973-74 season (.667) - a streak of 28 seasons. The campaign ended with BSU seeded third in the conference tournament and an appearance in the second round. The preseason polls showed BSU finishing second in the league, the highest pick in school history.

Bemidji State (3-3, 0-0 NSIC) St. Cloud State (3-1, 0-0 NCC)
G #1 Stan Johnson 6-2 Sr. G #4 Alex Carlson 6-2 Jr.
G #11 Royce Bryan 6-0 Sr. G #14 Forrest Witt 6-2 Sr.
C #5 Ben Caron 6-9 Sr. C #52 Culleen Powers 6-8 Sr.
F #24 Charles Hanks 6-8 Jr. F #40 Jason Kron 6-6 Sr.
F #00 Jeff Lorenson 6-2 Sr. F #50 Steve Trull 6-7 So.

Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) is back to improve on a break-out season from 2001-02. The South Plains (TX) C.C. transfer was a All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference first-team pick and was selected as the 2001-02 NSIC Newcomer of the Year. Hanks ranked in the top 15 in the conference in several statistical categories: second in points/game (17.8), seventh in rebounds/game (6.2) and field goal % (51%); eighth in blocks/game (0.80) and 15th in steals/game (1.3). In addition, Hanks reached double figures for points in 25 of the 28 games including 11 times with 20+ points. Twice, Hanks was recognized as the conference player of the week. Overall, Bemidji State was 8-3 when Hanks went over the 20-point barrier last season. Due to his performance last campaign, the league coaches have selected him as a 2002-03 Player to Watch in preseason voting.

This season, Hanks led the squad with 21 points on 10-18 shooting in the 82-78 loss to Jamestown (11/23). Hanks dished out a personal-best six assists in the same game. He is tied for the team lead in rebounds (6.3) and second in points per game (12.7)

It is safe to say that when the Beaver squad is running on all cylinders, senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is on the court. The 2002-03 team captain enters this campaign as the school’s single game record holder with 11 assists against UM-Crookston (2/2/02) and the best mark for season assists (145). Bryan was tops on the team with 60 steals and led the league with 5.18 assists a contest, a .860 free throw percentage (80-93) and was fifth in steals a game with 2.14. Bryan, who played one year each at Neosho County (KS) C.C. and South Plains (TX) C.C. before his arrival at BSU, ranked 21st in NCAA Division II with a an 86.0% free throw clip and 32nd in assists per game in 2001-02. Overall, the Beavers were 11-5 when Bryan had 5+ assists.

In 2002-03, Bryan is first in assists per game (4.5) and had a career-high seven rebounds and two blocks in the game against Jamestown (11/23). Bryan is also adept at troubling the opposing guard with proof in his team-leading 14 total steals.

Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) came out on fire in his season-opening weekend as a Beaver. The Southern Utah University transfer scorched the Vikings from Valley City State for a career-high 23 points on Friday. Johnson connected on four three-pointers and was five-of-six at the charity stripe. He added five assists and two steals in the winning effort. The next night, Johnson came away with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal. In his third game as a Beaver, Johnson matched a career-best with 25 points on 8-16 shooting. Johnson is first in scoring (15.8) and second in total steals (13) and assists (21). Also, he maintains a .767 free throw mark (23-30), which is good for first among the regulars.

In his debut in the green and white, junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) was on his game. In the 73-64 BSU win on Friday, Daley connected on 6-15 field goals including three tri-fectas to net 17 points. The output was good for second on the team. He added five rebounds, two steals and one assist.

After a sub-par performance in the season-opener, senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is zeroed in on dominating the post area. Against Augustana (11-29-02), Caron notched 18 points and 12 rebounds as that capped a three-game double-digit scoring streak. Most recently vs. UW-Superior, Caron recorded 13 points and five rebounds. He is tied for the rebounding lead (6.3) with Hanks and he has led the team twice with a high in rebounds this season.

Two players are currently nipping at the doorstep for a few career records at BSU. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is back playing in the Beaver green after taking a three-year hiatus. Caron is 206 points from breaking into the top-ten career scoring list and needs just 60 rebounds to take over the tenth spot in rebounding. The best point total in a season for Caron was 341 in 1996-97 and Caron notched 130 rebounds as a junior. After taking over the top spot for season assists at BSU with 145, senior point guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is 1 dime shy of sliding into the tenth spot for career assists.

Top Career Scoring Totals
1. 2,034 David Lee 1984-88
2. 1462 Mac Smith 1997-01
3. 1,410 Mark Carlin 1963-67
4. 1,361 Scott Kramer 1991-94
5. 1,335 Tony Brown 1986-91
6. 1,272 Frank Kopetka 1972-75
7. 1,251 Steve Vogel 1975-78
8. 1,222 Irv St. John 1950-54
9. 1,190 David Muelken 1984-88
10. 1,158 Dale Harper 1983-87
952 Ben Caron 1996-99, 2002-SA

Top Career Rebounding Totals
1. 694 Steve Vogel 1975-78
2. 654 Mac Smith 1997-01
3. 639 Scott Kramer 1991-94
4. 613 Gary Wagner 1970-73
5. 590 Randy Gross 1970-74
6. 538 Dale Harper 1983-87
7. 498 Mike Silk 1970-73
8. 467 Brian Weierke 1987-91
9. 455 Jim Allen 1973-76
10. 454 David Lee 1984-88
394 Ben Caron 1996-99, 2002-SA

Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
1. 314 David Lee 1984-88
2. 247 Tony Brown 1987-91
3. 233 Teaser Sweeney 1989-93
4. 212 B.J. LaVelle 1996-99
5. 207 Brian Weierke 1987-91
6. 200 Kevin Nichols 1991-92, ‘93-94
7. 190 David Heiss 1983-85
8. 183 David Muelken 1984-88
9. 176 Steve South 1991-95
10. 173 Todd Fazio 1996-98
172 Royce Bryan 2001-SA

The Beavers look to snap a seven-game losing skid against the Huskies with the last BSU win coming Dec. 2, 1993 in a 107-91 affair. Last season in St. Cloud, SCSU handed BSU a 85-57 defeat. In the last seven defeats, St. Cloud State has won by an average of 25 points per game.

In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory: 16 (107-91, 12/2/93)
SCSU Largest Margin of Victory: 45 2x (103-58, 12/12/95 & 12/29/99)
BSU Highest Scoring Output: 107 (W, 107-91, 12/2/93)
SCSU Highest Scoring Output: 103 (L, 103-58, 12/12/95 & 12/29/99)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output: 39 (L, 66-39, 12/7/96)
SCSU Lowest Scoring Output: 51 (L, 51-49, 2/8/82)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

vs. St. Cloud State (3-1, 0-0 NCC)
St. Cloud State enters the game with a 3-1 record following a split at the Lynn (FL) Pepsi Classic last weekend. The Huskies lost to Washburn University 87-70 in the semifinal and rebounded with a 99-44 win over the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in the consolation game.

The Huskies are led in scoring by Jason Kron who is averaging 11.8 points per game. He also is the leading rebounder with 6.8 boards per game. SCSU has outscored their opponents 86.2 to 59.0 so far this season. The Huskies are shooting 46.7 percent from the field. SCSU has a +2.8 rebounding margin and have outscored the opposition 170-105 in the first half. Kron, Witt, junior guard Alex Carlson (Litchfield), Trull and Powers have started all four games for the Huskies. Head coach Kevin Schlagel posted his 98th career win on Saturday.

Kevin Schlagel is in his sixth season as head coach of the Huskies. He has compiled a 95-46 won/loss record in his first five years at SCSU. SCSU is picked to finish fourth in the North Central Conference after a 21-7 mark a season ago and tying for the third spot in league play.

One season is all head coach Jeff Guiot needed to put a successful product on the basketball court. In his inaugural year at BSU last season, Guiot guided the Beavers to their most conference wins in school history (13). In addition, the 17 overall wins is the most since the 1972-73 season (19) and the .607 winning percentage is the best mark since the 1973-74 season (.667) - a streak of 28 seasons. The campaign ended with BSU seeded third in the conference tournament and an appearance in the second round. Guiot maintains a 184-74 (.714) overall record in his ninth season.

The Chanute, Kan., product was previously the assistant coach at Southern Utah University in 2000-01. Prior to joining the Southern Utah coaching staff in the fall of 2000, Guiot had served as the head coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, KS. In his seven years at Neosho, his teams compiled a 164-60 record, won four conference championships and made seven consecutive playoff appearances.

His records at NCCC include highest winning percentage (73 percent), most consecutive 20-win seasons (five), most wins at the school, and most post-season wins. Twice named Jayhawk Conference Coach of the Year, Guiot coached three All-Americans and six Academic All-Americans at the school, which was the 2000 NJCAA National Academic Team of the Year.

Guiot received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg (KS) State University, where he was an All-American and all-conference player as he led the nation in free throw percentage in 1986.

Helping Guiot on the bench is seventh-year assistant Doug Peters, first-year graduate assistant Jon Szwaja and first-year student assistant Fred Swanson.

Coach Guiot understands the Beavers will have a tough road immediately with the first five contests away from the BSU Gymnasium.

"Our first five games are on the road and we have a veteran ball club so we wanted to test ourselves early," said Guiot. "Hopefully our schedule is set up to get us prepared for conference play."

To add difficulty to the situation, the fifth game at the South Dakota State Tournament (Nov. 30) vs. South Dakota State will deal with nationally-recognized opponents. Bethel was 24-10 a year ago and was the NAIA East Region Champion while SDSU was 17th in the final 2001-02 NABC/Division II Bulletin National Rankings as it won the rugged North Central Conference.

Two of the first four home games after the five-game road stint will be against opponents that each recorded 20+ wins last campaign. St. Cloud State (Dec. 5) finished the season 20-6 and fifth in the North Central Region while Michigan Tech (Dec. 14), at 27-3 and eighth in the national polls, lost in the second round of the Great Lakes Regional last season. From that point, BSU has the task of facing the top three teams in the NSIC (UM-Duluth, Northern State, Southwest State) from a year ago on the road before they come to Bemidji.

"We wanted to go out and play nationally-ranked caliber teams because that is what one day where we would like to be," said Guiot. "Looking at the conference, UM-Duluth is going to be the favorite I would say. They have got the MVP of the tournament last year and they signed some good kids. Also, I think Moorhead is going to be up there. They are vastly improved and they have almost all their guys back and they finished fifth in the conference. And Concordia-SP has really gotten better. So from top to bottom, the league is going to be much stronger this year, no doubt about that. It ought to be very exciting for the fans to watch because anything can happen on any given night.”

According to the 2002-03 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, the BSU men’s basketball squad is picked to finish second (74) in the league, 16 points behind Minnesota-Duluth. UMD will look to repeat as it tied with Northern State for last year’s regular season crown. NSU is close behind Bemidji State with 73 points with MSU Moorhead (66) and Southwest State (61) rounding out the top-five. SSU received one first-place vote behind the nine slots that UMD received.

In 2001-02, the Bulldogs managed to win the NSIC tournament and advance to the NCAA Men’s Basketball North Central Regional Tournament, losing to eventual national champion Metro State (CO). NSU gained a berth to the NSIC tournament semifinals after tying for the top spot in the NSIC. MSU Moorhead finished fifth and had its first winning season (17-10, 11-7) in seven seasons. The Mustangs from SSU finished tied for second last season and participated in the 2001 NCAA Elite 8.

The Beavers face the daunting challenge of traveling to the top-three league teams (UM-Duluth, Northern State, Southwest State) home court in the first half of the conference schedule. Last season, BSU lost by three points (84-81) at SSU, Jan. 25. From that juncture, the Beavers reeled off seven NSIC wins including road victories over UM-Duluth (61-57), Feb. 9 and Northern State (79-76), Feb. 15.

All tickets for BSU home events can be purchased at the gate or by calling 218-755-2045. Ticket prices are as follows: $5 general admission, $2 senior citizens/non-BSU students, $1 under-12 and BSU students with valid ID are free.

Voice of the Beavers Shaun Michaels returns for his fourth year behind the mic as Bemidji State continues its broadcast agreement with R.P. Broadcasting of Bemidji. Michaels, who also hosts the morning show on Real Country 98.3, provides the Beavers with one of the most enthusiastic young radio voices in college athletics today. Brian Bisonette provides expert analysis and color commentary.

KKBJ is scheduled to provide live coverage of select Beaver women’s basketball games and also will have broadcasts available for any potential post-season contests. Mark your calenders for three contests to be aired on KKBJ: Dec. 20 vs. St. Cloud State, Jan. 3 vs. UM-Crookston and Jan. 4 vs. MSU Moorhead.

The SCSU contest will be begin at 6:00 p.m. while the other two start at 5:30 p.m.

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