Bemidji State Grabs Two Conference Victories
Tuesday, January 7, 2003
Jan. 7, 2003

Saturday, Jan. 11    @ Minnesota-Duluth*    3:00 p.m.
*NSIC contest

Bemidji State (6-7, 2-2) got two much-needed conference victories over the weekend, and by impressive fashion. On Friday, BSU won by its second largest margin of the season, nearly reaching 100 points with a 99-59 win over Minnesota-Crookston. Then against the seventh-best squad in the north central region in MSU-Moorhead, the Beavers won by a 89-60 count over the league-leading Dragons. BSU hit for a school-tying 14 three-point field goals in the contest. Currently, the Beavers stand sixth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, just one game back of Southwest State, Northern State, and Wayne State (NE), for the second spot.

Minnesota-Duluth (5-8, 1-3) most recently took down Minnesota-Crookston, 90-61 on Saturday after dropping a 71-67 decision to MSU-Moorhead the night before. UM-D is currently in eighth-place in the league.

Bemidji State 99, UM-Crookston 59 - Friday, Jan. 3
At the BSU Gymnasium, Bemidji State forced Minnesota-Crookston (1-8, 0-2) into 29 turnovers and grabbed a 20-9 early advantage as it went on to win big, 99-59, in conference action. For the game, BSU went 46.1 percent from the floor as it connected on 11 three-point field goals. Junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa), who had a team-high 14 points, was four-for-six from behind the arc, as he led six Beavers in double-figure scoring. The Beavers went 18-for-24 from the free-throw line compared to the 12 of 18 on the part of UM-C.

Senior guard Jeff Lorenson (Cannon Falls, Minn.), senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah), senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) and senior center Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) all had 12 points apiece while junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) added 11 to round out the double-figure scorers. Senior guard Aaron Kallhoff (Norfolk, Neb.) had a team-high eight rebounds, which is also a personal-best and matched a career-high with seven assists for the victors.

Bemidji State 89, MSU Moorhead 60 - Saturday, Jan. 4
In Bemidji, the Beavers hit on 11 first-half three-pointers and ended with 14 for the game and used suffocating defense to limit MSU Moorhead (9-2, 2-1) to 24.3 percent shooting in the second half for a 89-60 romp. Overall, Bemidji State shot 56.9 percent from the floor compared to 34.5 percent for the Dragons. The Dragons hurt themselves by hitting on just nine of 21 foul shots. BSU went nine-for-11 from that region.

Hanks led four Beavers in double-figures as he notched his fourth 20+ point effort this season with 22 on nine of 14 shooting. Daley tied a career-high with 17 points as he went five-for-six from three-point range. Caron tallied 12 points while Kallhoff tied a personal-best with 10 points. Lorenson had a game-high in rebounds (six), assists (seven) and steals (three) for the Beavers. The output for rebounds and assists set a personal-best for Lorenson.

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (6-7, 2-2 NSIC)    Minnesota-Duluth (5-8, 1-3 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #12 Matt Williams    6-3    Jr.
G    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    G    #24 Sean Seaman    6-6    Fr.
C    #5 Ben Caron    6-9    Sr.    C    #50 Jason Schneeweis    6-9    Sr.
F    #3 Aaron Kallhoff    6-2    Sr.    F    #30 Nick Cheney    6-7    Jr.
F    #21 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #40 Joe Korneta    6-8    Fr.

Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Texas) is listed as probable for the game against Minnesota-Duluth this Saturday. He has missed the last four contests due to an injured hand. 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) prior to his injury. 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.

Bemidji State has averaged nearly 28 three-point field attempts per game this season and is on pace to smash the school record of 694 set last season - if it stays on pace, it will total 751...The 40 attempted three-pointers for BSU on Friday was second only to the 42 attempted against South Dakota State (11/30), which was a school record...The rebounding edge (44-37) that BSU enjoyed was just the sixth time this season that it has accomplished that - BSU is 4-2 in those contests...The Beavers attempted six more free throws (24-18) than UM-C, which was just the third time that they have done that in 2002-03 - the Beavers are now 3-0 when that happens...Jason Bonde tallied a personal-best nine points and seven rebounds...Against MSU-Moorhead, the 14 three-point field goals tied a school record set on Feb. 15, 2002 against Northern State...The 29-point Beaver win is the largest in the series (since 1971 season) since they won by 30, 97-67 on Jan. 29, 1987...The five three-pointers by Adam Daley is a career-high and BSU season-high...By having fewer turnovers than the Dragons, (13-16), BSU has gone five of the past six contests by achieving that feat...On the season, Bemidji State is 5-1 when tallying 10 or more three-pointers and 3-0 when having 20+ assists.

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.

BSU begins it 10th season in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Northern Sun Conference (women’s league) merged with the Northern Intercollegiate Conference (men’s league) before the start of the 1993-94 season. Overall in the NSIC, Bemidji State is 46-85 (.351) and sports a 27-39 (.409) mark at home and a 19-46 (.292) record on the road. In the past three seasons, BSU is 30-28 (.517) overall, 19-11 (.633) at the BSU Gymnasium and 12-17 (.414) on the road.

In the absence of senior guard Royce Bryan, some key players have filled some big holes in the past four contests. Senior guard Jason Bonde (Rochester, Minn.) started in the game against Southwest State (12/29) and UM-Crookston (1/3) and set several career-highs in the win over the Golden Eagles. His outputs of nine points, seven rebounds and four steals were a personal-best. In the contest against MSU-Moorhead, senior guard Aaron Kallhoff (Norfolk, Neb.) got his first career start and tied a career-high of 10 points on three of six shooting as he added five rebounds and two steals. The night before, Kallhoff tied a career-high of eight rebounds and tied his best with seven assists. Another back-court player who stepped up was junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) as he scored 31 points on the weekend, which was the most for a two-game output for his career. He went an impressive nine of 12 from three-point range.

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). Hanks has led the squad five times in rebounding, which is the most on the club, and five times in scoring. He is tops on the team in scoring (14.5 ppg), rebounds (6.5 rpg) and made field goals (81), second in blocks (10), third in steals (15) and fourth in field goal percentage (.506).

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 second on the club in scoring (13.2), tied for second in made three-pointers (19) and assists (39) and tied for first in steals (24). Johnson is tops on the squad with 11 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 (.518 - 29/57) as that mark is tops in the league. His .518 (43/83) mark from the floor is third on the team, 9.5 points per game is third and has tallied 10+ points in eight games and five of the last six.

In leading the Beavers to wins over UM-Crookston and MSU-Moorhead this past weekend, Daley was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week. On the weekend, Daley was 10 of 15 (66.7 percent) from the field, including nine of 12 (75.0 percent) in three-pointers, two of two (100.0 percent) from the free throw line, grabbed six rebounds, totaled 31 points for an average of 15.5 points in the two NSIC wins. His five three-pointers on Saturday tied for the eight highest output this season in the conference while his percentage (83.3 percent) from long-range is tied for first.

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), 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), Caron recorded 13 points and five rebounds. Caron has gone for double-digits in points on 10 occasions this season, including six out of the last seven games. “Big Ben” is currently second on the team in rebounding (5.5) and has led the team four times with a high in rebounds this season including his second 10+ rebounding effort with 10 boards against Southwest State (12/29). In addition, he is first on the team in blocks (14), second in field goal percentage (.588 - 57/97) and third with 10.9 points per game.

vs. Minnesota-Duluth (5-8, 1-3 NSIC)
Head coach Gary Holquist enters his fifth year at the helm with a 66-51 (.564) overall record. The Bulldogs, which tied for first in the league last season with a 14-4 record, have struggled of late after going 3-1 to begin the season. They have dropped five out of six with their three NSIC losses coming against Southwest State, Wayne State (NE) and MSU-Moorhead. On Saturday, UM-D defeated Minnesota-Crookston, 90-61 at home behind 59.3 percent shooting.

The ‘Dogs are led by Jason Schneeweis, who is first in the NSIC in field goal percentage (.601), second in blocks/game (1.31) and rebounding/game (7.5) and third in scoring/game (17.3). Sean Seaman rounds out the double-digit scorers as he gets 13.8 per game and he is also fourth in the league with 4.08 assists/game. Nick Chency adds 9.9 points per game while Joe Korneta (.455), Hudson Denny (.462) and Matt Williams (.421) help the Bulldogs to a 39.0 mark from three points range, which is second in the conference.

UM-Duluth is first in the conference in field goal percentage (.496) but last among the ten teams in free-throw percentage (.635). Its potent offense notches 78.9 points per game, which is second in the NSIC, and also ranks second with a +4.7 rebounding margin.

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. Minnesota-Duluth 9-50**
The tides have turned recently in the overall series as Bemidji State has taken three of the last five meetings. The last meeting was the first round of the NSIC playoffs with UM-D winning by a count of 69-58 in St. Paul, Minn. In that contest, Charles Hanks went for a team-high 14 points on six of 21 shooting. The Beavers got out-rebounded 45-32 as the Bulldogs held a 21-5 advantage from the free throw line. BSU had won both regular season encounters last year.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    16 (85-69, 2/18/98)
UM-D Largest Margin of Victory:    42 (88-36, 1/24/96)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    85 (W, 85-69, 2/18/98)
UM-D Highest Scoring Output:    96 (W, 96-59, 2/15/95)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    36 (L, 88-36, 1/24/96)
UM-D Lowest Scoring Output:    54 (L, 62-54, 1/29/85)
**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 131 points from breaking into the top-ten career scoring list and needs just 27 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
1,027    Ben Caron    1996-99, 2002-SA

Top Career Rebounding Totals
1.    694    Steve Vogel    1975-78
10.    454    David Lee    1984-88
427    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

Eight players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Jan. 5): Stan Johnson is fourth in free throw percentage (.787 - 48/61), fifth in steals/game (1.85), 13th in points/game (13.2), tied for 15th in assists/game (3.00) and 20th in field goal percentage (.430 - 52/121); Charles Hanks is tied for fourth in blocks/game (0.77), eighth in rebounds/game (6.5), tied for eighth in points/game (14.5), ninth in field goal percentage (.506 - 81/160), tied for 20th in steals/game (1.15) and tied for 30th in assists/game (1.92); Ben Caron is second in field goal percentage (.588 - 57/97), third in blocks/game (1.08), tied for 14th in rebounds/game (5.5), 22nd in points/game (10.9) and tied for 25th in steals/game (1.00); Royce Bryan is first in assists/game (4.56) and steals/game (2.67) and 19th in three-point field goal percentage (.326 - 14/43); Jeff Lorenson is tied for 15th in assists/game (3.00) and 16th in steals/game (1.31); Adam Daley is first in three-point field goal percentage (.509 - 29/57) and tied for 30th in points/game (9.5); Aaron Kallhoff is tied for 30th in assists/game (1.92); and Chris Wallin is seventh in blocks/game (0.70).

Through 13 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

Through Jan. 5th in all games played, BSU stands in the upper half of the 10-team conference in eight out of the 10 statistical categories: first in scoring offense (80.3), scoring margin (+8.1), field goal percentage defense (.413 - 297/719) and three-pointers/game (9.54); third in scoring defense (72.2) and field goal percentage (.463 - 383/828); fourth in win/loss percentage (.462 - 6-7); and fifth in free throw percentage (.684 - 154/225).

(2nd Season at BSU - 23-18 (.561); 9th Season Overall - 177-88 (.668))
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) dealt 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 from a season ago (UM-Duluth, Northern State, Southwest State) 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.

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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