Bemidji State Hosts Two Before League Play Begins
Monday, December 9, 2002
Dec. 9, 2002

Wednesday, Dec. 11    St. Scholastica& 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14    #11 Michigan Tech& 3:00 p.m.
& Played at BSU Gymnasium

With a 3-4 overall mark, BSU stands fifth in the conference, just one-half game behind Northern State, Southwest State and UM-Duluth who are at 3-3. MSU-Moorhead leads the bunch with a perfect 6-0 record.

The Beavers have the same record through seven games as they had in their record-setting season a year ago. In 2001-02, BSU started off slow at 3-4 but then went on to go 14-7 for the rest of the campaign.

On Thursday, Bemidji State shot the ball well as it maintained a 60.0 per cent clip (33-55), but BSU’s 27 turnovers and clutch free throw shooting by St. Cloud State (4-1, 0-0 NCC) gave SCSU a 91-84 victory in Bemidji, Minn.

BSU streaked out to a 7-1 early lead and would increase that margin to 20-8 at the 11:04 mark before SCSU went on a scoring flurry. The visitors went on a 32-16 run to wrap up the first half.

The Huskies opened up a double-digit lead less than four minutes into the second frame as the count was set at 54-43 with 16:43 remaining. SCSU pushed that margin to 18, its largest cushion, at 71-53 at 8:45. But BSU had an answer as it scored 13 of the next 19 points to bring the score within eight at 77-69 at 5:11. The Beavers continued their push as they got to within 84-79 at 2:34 but were forced to foul. St. Cloud State then hit on seven of its final 10 free throw attempts to seal the non-conference victory.

Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) paced BSU with a season-high 15 points on 6-7 shooting from the field. Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) hit for 13 while senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) had 13 as well. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) was 5-7 from the field as he totaled 12 points with freshman guard Jamal Clements (Parkhill, Colo.) notching a career-high of 10 points.

With four assists against the Huskies on Thursday, Royce Bryan tied himself for ninth on the school’s career assists lists with 176 - he needs just seven more to move into the eighth spot...BSU has dropped eight straight in the series to the Huskies. (continued on page two)

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (3-4, 0-0 NSIC)    St. Scholastica (2-4, 0-0 UMAC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #3 Mike Muckala    6-2    So.
G    #11 Royce Bryan    6-0    Sr.    G    #5 Matt Inda    5-9    Jr.
C    #5 Ben Caron    6-9    Sr.    C    #51 Josh Gosar    6-7    Fr.
F    #24 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #50 Chris Rauschenfels    6-5    Jr.
F    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    F    #34 Scott Johnson    6-5    So.

Michigan Tech (6-0, 0-0 GLIAC)
G    #4 Jeremy Resmer    6-0    Sr.
G    #14 Jason Marcotte    5-10    So.
C    #50 J.T. Luginski    6-7    Sr.
F #3 Matt Cameron 6-6 Sr.
F    #34 Keith Fogle    6-6    Sr.

The 60.0% (33-55) shooting mark on the part of BSU ties a season-high - the Beavers hit on the exact number of shots and attempted the same in the win vs. UW-Superior (12-2-02)...The 91 points allowed against SCSU is a season-high and the most since the Beavers allowed Northern State to notch 93, Jan. 12, 2002...BSU has gone six games this season in shooting at a higher mark from the field than its opponents - BSU is 3-3 in those contests...The loss to St. Cloud State drops the Beavers to 0-3 this season against North Central Conference teams.