After Two-Week Break, BSU Ready For League Play
Sunday, December 22, 2002
Saturday, Dec. 28    @ Wayne State (NE)*    7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29    @ Southwest State*    7:30 p.m.
*NSIC contest

The meetings with Wayne State (NE) and Southwest State will mark the second consecutive season BSU has opened up conference play with both teams. Last season, BSU defeated WSC, 77-75 in overtime before a 66-63 victory over SSU with both games being played at the BSU Gymnasium.

The last nine conference openers have seen BSU go 5-4. The Beavers have taken the last two league lid-lifters over Wayne State (NE) and UM-Crookston.

BSU begins it 10th season in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Northern Sun Conference merged with the Northern Intercollegiate Conference before the start of the 1993-94 season. Overall in the NSIC, Bemidji State is 44-83 and sports a 25-39 mark at home and a 19-44 record on the road. In the past three seasons, BSU is 28-26 overall, 17-11 at the BSU Gymnasium and 12-15 on the road.

On Wednesday (12/11), BSU scored 13 of the game’s first 15 points and never led by less than five points from that point on in its 102-67 non-conference victory over St. Scholastica (2-7, 0-0 UMAC) at the BSU Gymnasium. Junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) turned in his fifth career double-double with a game-high 21 points and 15 rebounds as he led five BSU scorers in double figures.

After hitting for a 54.8 per cent (17-31) mark in the first half, the Beavers cooled down to 22.2 per cent (8-36) in the second as they lost to #11 Michigan Tech (8-0, 1-0 GLIAC), on Saturday (12/14) at home. Junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) paced BSU with 14 points as he hit on four three-point field goals.

Junior forward Justin Bessler (Lake George, Minn.) has dismissed himself from the team this past week. He plans to drop from school second semester and work at home.

Bessler appeared in all nine games thus far and was averaging 15.7 minutes per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and totaled 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting. His rebounding effort was good for fourth on the squad. This was Bessler’s first season as a Beaver as he played two years at Hibbing Community College prior to his arrival at BSU. While at Hibbing, he was 14th in Division III National Junior Colleges Association of America in rebounds per contest as he averaged 10.7.

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (4-5, 0-0 NSIC)    Wayne State (NE) (2-7, 0-0 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #4 Justin Sanny    6-2    Sr.
G    #11 Royce Bryan    6-0    Sr.    G    #10 Dusty Smith    6-1    Fr.
C    #5 Ben Caron    6-9    Sr.    C    #45 Brett Cain    6-8    So.
F    #24 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #40 Todd Klostermann    6-6    Jr.
F    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    F    #30 Brett Watson    6-7    So.

Southwest State (4-5, 0-0 NSIC)
G    #10 Jacob Fahl    6-1    Sr.
G    #24 Rory Larson    6-2    Jr.
C    #34 Joey Hulsebus    6-7    Jr.
F    #32 Jimmy Dekker    6-5    Sr.
F    #25 Jon Peterreins    6-5    Sr.

Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Texas) is expected to miss 3-6 weeks with a hand injury. He injured it in the South Dakota State (11/30) contest but yet played through the Michigan Tech (12/7) game. Diagnosis is that he has a staff infection of a joint in the hand.

Bryan was leading the league in assists per game (4.56) and steals per game (2.67). Bryan has led or tied for the team lead in steals six times, including the last four contests. In consecutive games (UW-Superior/St. Scholastica), Bryan tied a personal-best with five steals. The 6-1 guard is third on the squad in rebounding (3.6 rpg) as well. Currently, he has 186 career assists, which is good for eighth on the school records. He needs just four more to slide into the seventh spot and has a shot to take over second-place this season as Tony Brown stands with 247.

The 102 points scored against St. Scholastica (12/11) ties the high mark set this season against UW-Superior (12/2)...The BSU margin of victory (35) is the largest in the overall series against CSS...With the win, BSU moves to 13-3 against the Saints when playing in Bemidji, Minn...With BSU torching UW-Superior and St. Scholastica for 102 points, the last time the Beavers scored 100 points twice in a season was the 1993-94 campaign...Reaching the century mark for the second time in three games also is a feat that has not been done in a while as BSU scored 104 (11/20/93) and 107 (12/2/93) during the 1993-94 campaign...The 36 attempted three-pointers by BSU against Michigan Tech (12/14) continues its flurry of tri-fectas this season as it had 42 attempts against South Dakota State (11/30)...BSU has dropped five straight in the series to Michigan Tech...The 26 rebounds was a season-low for BSU and the low mark since it grabbed 23 vs. Minnesota-Duluth (1/5/02).

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 was the most since the 1972-73 season (19) and the .607 winning percentage was 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 2002-03 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 (Texas) C.C. transfer was an 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 selected him as a 2002-03 Player to Watch in preseason voting.

This season, Hanks led the squad with 21 points on 10 of 18 shooting in the 82-78 loss to Jamestown (11/23). Hanks dished out a personal-best six assists in the same game. In the South Dakota State Tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend, Hanks was named to the all-tournament team for garnering 24 points and 13 rebounds in the two games. His 21 points and 15 rebounds against St. Scholastica (12-11) gave him his fifth career double-double. Before that, he tallied 19 points and 11 boards in the 81-72 win at Bethel (11/26/02). Hanks has led the squad five times in rebounding, which is the most on the club, and two times in scoring. He is tops on the team in rebounds (7.3) and field goals (53) and second in points per game (13.1).

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 (11/22) for a game-high 23 points. 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 against Jamestown. In his third game as a Beaver, Johnson set a career-best with 25 points, which is tied for the BSU single game high, on 8 of 16 shooting. Currently, Johnson is first on the club in scoring (14.3) and second in made three-pointers (17), total steals (19) and assists (31) and tied for third in free throw percentage (.762 - 32/42). Johnson is tops on the squad with eight games of double-digit scoring efforts.

In his debut in the green and white, junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) was on top of his game. In the 73-64 BSU win against Valley City State (11/22), Daley connected on 6 of 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. Daley went for a team-high 14 points most recently vs. Michigan Tech (12/14) as he hit on four three-pointers. On the season, Daley is first on the club in three-point field goal percentage (.474) as he as hit on 18 of 38 from that range and is tops in made three-pointers as well. His .517 (30-58) mark from the floor is third on the team, his 9.0 points per game is fourth and has tallied 10+ points in five games and three out of the last four.

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 capping a three-game double-digit scoring streak. That effort was his second career double-double. Against UW-Superior (12/2/02), Caron recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Caron has gone for double-digits in points on seven occasions, including the last four games. He has averaged 12.5 points per game in that streak. “Big Ben” is currently second on the team in rebounding (4.9) and he has led the team twice with a high in rebounds this season. In addition, he is first in blocks (7) and field goal percentage (.632 - 43/68) and third with 11.6 points per game.

vs. Wayne State (2-7, 0-0 NSIC)
Head coach Rico Burkett (North Dakota, 1993) is in his third season as the Wildcats’ mentor. Last season, Burkett led the Wildcats to a 8-19 record and has a 25- 40 career record in two years. Burkett began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team in 1991.

Todd Klostermann is the Wildcats leading scorer averaging 16.2 points per game. He also leads the team in minutes played (28.4 per game) and rebounds per game (7.2). Brett Watson is next at 7.1 points per game. Brett Cain is next at 6.3 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game which is third on the team. He leads the team with eight blocked shots. Dusty Smith is tied with Klostermann for the team lead with nine steals on the season as Wayne State is almost doubled up by its opponents in the steals category (49-89). Derek Archer leads the team with 11 three-pointers made but WSC shoots just 28.8 percent (23 of 118) behind the arc as a team.

This season, WSC has wins over Mount Marty (N.D.) (11/30), 86-74 and Briar Cliff (IA) (12/11), 72-68. It hosted St. Cloud State, which beat BSU 91-84 (12/5), and was downed 77-57 on Saturday.

vs. Southwest State (4-5, 0-0 NSIC)
Head coach Greg Stemen (‘88 Valley City State, ND) is in his second season at Southwest State with an overall record of 25-12. Stemen, who was named the tenth head coach in SSU history on April 10, 2001, led SSU to a 21- 8 mark last season, setting a record for wins by a first-year SSU head coach. He led the Mustangs to just their second 20-plus win season in school history, including finishing just one game out of the NSIC regular season title chase.

Jacob Fahl leads all scorers with 15.0 points per game while Jared Keaveny is the only other in double figures (10.7 ppg). The top rebounder is Jimmy Dekker with 5.6 rebounds per game. Southwest State’s top three three-point field goal leaders have been deadly this season from behind the arc, with all three shooting nearly over 45 percent. Jared Keaveny is 16-for-33 (48.5), Jacob Fahl 22-for-47 (46.8), and Rory Larson is 22-for-49 (44.9). As a team SSU is shooting 41.1 percent (83-for-202) from three-point range. Southwest State is 53-4 when leading at halftime since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

The Mustangs have beaten the likes of Finlandia (MI), Dec. 14 and MSU-Mankato on Dec. 7. The night before Mankato’s game, SSU lost 90-77 to #11 Michigan Tech, the same team that BSU lost 90-80 on Dec. 14. On Friday, they took on #8 South Dakota and lost 98-86 as Jacob paced the Mustangs with 27 points.

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. WSC 7-16 // vs. SSU 25-39**
The last meeting was a win on the road for the Beavers to snap a three-game losing streak in the overall series. Charles Hanks posted 13 points and seven rebounds as BSU limited the Wildcats to .377 per cent (23-61) on the night. The last three contests have been decided by 11 points or less.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    13 (71-58, 12/30/73)
WSC Largest Margin of Victory:    46 (99-53, 2/4/95)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    105 (W, 105-94, 1/8/94)
WSC Highest Scoring Output:    100 (W, 100-91 ot, 2/3/96)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    49 (L, 87-49, 3/1/97)
WSC Lowest Scoring Output:    58 (L, 71-58, 12/30/73)

Against Southwest State, the Mustangs have swiped 14 of the last 15 in the series, including 13 straight. Last season, BSU won 66-63, Dec. 8, 2001 to stop a six year drought. Royce Bryan had 14 points and Hanks had 16. BSU was 22-31 from the free-throw line compared to SSU’s 14-25. Both games last season were decided by three points.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    43 (102-59, 1/19/73)
SSU Largest Margin of Victory:    36 (90-54, 2/23/01)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    117 (W, 117-75, 12/20/88)
SSU Highest Scoring Output:    104 (W, 104-91, 1/9/88)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    49 (W, 49-48, 2/2/83)
SSU Lowest Scoring Output:    48 (L, 49-48, 2/2/83)
**Series records since the 1971-72 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 169 points from breaking into the top-ten career scoring list and needs just 55 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 four dimes shy of sliding into the seventh spot and 14 away from sixth-place for career assists.

Top Career Scoring Totals
1.    2,034    David Lee    1984-88
10.    1,158    Dale Harper    1983-87
989    Ben Caron    1996-99, 2002-SA
Top Career Rebounding Totals
1.    694    Steve Vogel    1975-78
10.    454    David Lee    1984-88
400    Ben Caron    1996-99, 2002-SA
Top Career Assist Totals (1976-Present)
1.    314    David Lee    1984-88
6.    200    Kevin Nichols    1991-92, ‘93-94
7.    190    David Heiss    1983-85
8. 186    Royce Bryan    2001-SA
9.    183    David Muelken    1984-88
10.    176    Steve South    1991-95

Seven players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Dec. 16): Stan Johnson is fourth in steals/game (2.11), fifth in free throw percentage (.762 - 32/42) seventh in points/game (14.3), ninth in assists/game (3.44), 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.425 - 17/40) and 18th in field goal percentage (.430 - 40/93); Charles Hanks is fifth in rebounds/game (7.3), ninth in blocks/game (0.56), 11th in field goal percentage (.486 - 53/109), 14th in points/game (13.1), tied for 23rd in steals/game (1.11), tied for 27th in three-point field goal percentage .346 (9-26) and 28th in assists/game (2.11); Ben Caron is first in field goal percentage (.632 - 43/68), fourth in blocks/game (0.78), 20th in rebounds/game (4.9), 21st in points/game (11.6) and tied for 25th in steals/game (1.00); Royce Bryan is first in assists/game (4.56) and steals/game (2.67); Jeff Lorenson is 10th in three-point field goal percentage (.441 - 15/34), 18th in assists/game (2.67) and tied for 23rd in steals/game (1.11); Adam Daley is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (.474 - 18/38) and Jamal Clements is tied for 25th in steals/game (1.00).

Through nine games in 2002-03, there have been two BSU players to record double-doubles: Ben Caron with one and Charles Hanks with two. Below is a listing of their career double-doubles (italics indicating 2002-03):

Ben Caron (18 points-12 rebounds)    vs. Augustana, 11-29-02
Ben Caron (18 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Southwest State, 2-28-97
Charles Hanks (21 points-15 rebounds)    vs. St. Scholastica, 12-11-02
Charles Hanks (19 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Bethel, 11-26-02
Charles Hanks (16 points-12 rebounds)    vs. MSU Moorhead, 2-1-02
Charles Hanks (25 points-10 rebounds)    vs. Wayne State (NE), 12-7-01
Charles Hanks (16 points-11 rebounds)    vs. Mayville State, 11-16-01

BSU In The Conference
Through Dec. 16 in all games played, BSU stands in the upper half of the 10-team conference in nine out of the 10 statistical categories: first in points per game (80.7) and three-point field goals made per game (9.89); second in field goal percentage defense (.427 - 212/497); third in scoring margin (+6.3) and field goal percentage (.463 - 269/581); tied for third in win-loss percentage (.444 / 4-5); fourth in scoring defense (74.3 ppg) and three-point field goal percentage (.363 - 89/245); and fifth in rebounding margin (-0.8).

(2nd Season at BSU - 21-16 (.568); 9th Season Overall - 175-86 (.670))
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.

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 John 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 against South Dakota State (Nov. 30) will deal with the third best team as ranked in the NABC/Division II Bulletin National Preseason Rankings as it won the rugged North Central Conference a season ago.

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 11th in the preseason 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 men’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: Jan. 3 vs. UM-Crookston and Jan. 4 vs. MSU Moorhead. Both contests begin at 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, these game broadcasts will be streamed live over the Internet via KKBJ’s web site. Broadcasts are available to Windows, Macintosh and UNIX computer users and are distributed in RealAudio format (requires RealOne player, available as a free download at

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Internet listeners should be aware that server limitations allow only 120 concurrent listeners to BSU’s audio broadcasts. Internet audio broadcasts do not begin until approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled starting time of the pre-game show.

Fans will have an opportunity to watch live television broadcasts of select Beaver men’s basketball games for the 2002-03 season. Three more games in the season are slated to be broadcast: Jan. 3, 4 & Feb. 15 with all games beginning at 7:30 p.m. Join Scott Williams as he handles the play-by-play duties for exciting Beaver basketball.

All three of these broadcasts are scheduled to be shown on a tape-delay basis as well.