BSU Has Road Split Over Weekend Against NAIA Teams
Monday, November 25, 2002
Nov. 25, 2002

Tuesday, Nov. 26 @ Bethel (MN)^ 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29 vs. Augustana& 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 30 @ #3 South Dakota State& 8:00 p.m.
&@South Dakota State Tournament
^carried live with Shaun Michaels on AM 1360 KKBJ

With a good week, senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) could move into 10th in the school’s career lists for assists. He currently is 17 away from the breaking into the top-ten.
The Beavers are looking to break a string of losses to two of their next three opponents. Bethel defeated BSU 94-87 in overtime two years ago while South Dakota State is 2-0 all-time against Bemidji State after a 95-87 win during the 1987 season. BSU has never faced Augustana College.

The Beavers split their games against NAIA Division II schools with a 73-64 win against Valley City State and dropping a 82-78 affair to Jamestown on Saturday. JC was ranked 14th in the preseason polls after coming off a 27-6 season in which it won the DAC-10.

Leading the way in scoring for BSU was senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) as he was 12-22 (.545) from the floor in recording 38 points. The Southern Utah University transfer added nine assists and nine rebounds. Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) bounced back from a sub-par performance on Friday to net 21 on Saturday on 10-18 (.556) shooting. In his BSU debut, junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) notched 17 points with three three-pointers, five rebounds and two steals. Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) posted 16 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and five steals while senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) had totals of 16 points, 11 rebounds and two steals over the weekend.

In season-openers since the 1956-57 season, Bemidji State is 27-20 including four straight victories...Bemidji State has had the upper hand of late against Valley City State in winning six in a row including the last three on the road...The Beavers are 3-10 all-time on the road against VCSU...The Beavers dropped to 4-7 in Jamestown, N.D. in the all-time series and the loss snapped a three-game BSU winning streak...Royce Bryan had a career-high seven rebounds and two blocks while Charles Hanks had a personal-best six assists in the Jamestown contest...Two Beavers had noticeable debuts in their first appearance in a BSU uniform - Stan Johnson led all players with 23 points on 7-13 shooting as he added five assists, four rebounds and two steals and Adam Daley, who was 6-15 from the field, notched 17 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Senior center Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) and senior forward Jason Bonde (Rochester, Minn.) did not appear in this weekend’s games. Wallin dressed but did not play because of a broken toe while Bonde was in “street clothes” resting a sprained wrist. Wallin is out indefinitely while Bonde hopes to dress for Tuesday’s game at Bethel.

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.

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.

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 (5.5) and had a career-high seven rebounds and two blocks in the game against Jamestown (11/23).

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 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.

Two players are currently nipping at the doorstep for a few career records at BSU. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) is back playing for the Beaver green after taking a three-year hiatus. Caron is 257 points from breaking into the top-ten career scoring list and needs just 85 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 17 dimes 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
901 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
369 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
156 Royce Bryan 2001-SA

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. BC 4-1 // vs. AC 0-0 // vs. SDSU 0-2**
Bethel halted a four-game losing streak to the Beavers two years ago with a 94-87 overtime affair in Bemidji. BSU is 2-0 when traveling to St. Paul, Minn. Hanks recorded 18 points on 7-9 shooting to go with nine rebounds while Bryan had 15 points and eight dimes in the most recent outing.

In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory: 15 (82-67, 1/5/74)
BC Largest Margin of Victory: 7 (94-87 ot, 11/27/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output: 83 (W, 83-76, 12/6/74)
BC Highest Scoring Output: 94 (W, 94-87 ot, 11/27/01)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output: 75 (W, 75-71, 12/6/71)
BC Lowest Scoring Output: 67 (L, 82-67, 1/5/74)

The Beavers and Vikings meet for the first time.

Both meetings against the Jackrabbits have been on the road with the last one being Dec. 19, 2986. BSU lost by a count of 95-87.

In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory: N/A
SDSU Largest Margin of Victory: 23 (88-65, 11/28/77)
BSU Highest Scoring Output: 87 (L, 95-87, 12/19/86)
SDSU Highest Scoring Output: 95 (W, 95-87, 12/19/86)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output: 65 (L, 88-65, 11/28/77)
SDSU Lowest Scoring Output: 88 (W, 88-65, 11/28/77)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

vs. Bethel (1-1, 0-0 MIAC)
Sixth-year head coach Bob Bjorklund sports a 78-50 (.609) overall record at the NCAA Division III institution. In 2002-03, the Royals hosted the Tip-Off Tournament on Friday and Saturday and advanced to the championship with a 92-69 victory over Finlandia. However, they lost 89-87 to Wisconsin-River Falls the following day.

Andy Gilbert leads the club in points (20.5 ppg) and rebounds (9.0) while John Jacobs gives an inside presence (13.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg) with his .565 (13-23) shooting mark. The member of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference finished last year with a 21-6 overall mark and making it to the championship round of the league tournament. BC lost 73-61 to St. Thomas.

vs. Augustana (1-1, 0-0 NCC)
The Vikings come into the week having beaten Western State (CO), 80-64 on Friday before dropping a 84-78 contest to Adams State (CO) on Saturday. Justin VanMeeteren paces AC thus far in 2002-03 with a 18.5 points/game clip and adds 7.0 rpg. Also, Cody Levinson notches 15.0 ppg and has hit on 9-15 three-pointers while Jon Wagner gets 14.5 ppg and shoots .611 (11-18) from the field.

Head coach Perry Ford is nearing the 300th win in his career as he is 283-203 (.582) in 17 years as a collegiate coach. Ford is entering his sixth season at Augustana as he maintains a 69-71 (.493) record.

Augustana finished the 2001-02 campaign seventh in the North Central Conference with a 7-11 mark. It returns two starters from a squad that went 14-13 overall.

vs. South Dakota State (1-1, 0-0 NCC)
SDSU, a member of the North Central Conference, is ranked third in the Division II Bulletin Preseason Top 25. To open the season, the Jackrabbits won a 75-54 affair against Truman State (MO) on Friday, then lost 71-69 to Northwest Missouri State in the Northwest Missouri Milner Classic.

South Dakota State is led by two-time All-NCC First Team performer, Austin Hansen (15.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg) at guard. The reigning NCC Freshman of the Year in Matt Jones (14.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg) complements Hansen. At the other guard position is junior Andy Moeller (13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg) who was an honorable mention all-conference pick a year ago.

The Jackrabbits compiled a 25-6 record during the 2001-02 season, winning both the North Central Conference regular season and postseason titles before ending the year as North Central Regional runner-up. Head coach Scott Nagy is 159-45 (.779) in seven seasons.

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 182-72 (.717) 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 third game of the season against Bethel College (Minn.) (Nov. 26) and 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.

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