Bemidji State Drops Tough One To Minnesota-Duluth
Monday, January 13, 2003
Jan. 13, 2003

Friday, Jan. 17    @ Minnesota-Morris*    7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18 @ Northern State*    7:30 p.m.
*NSIC contest

In losing a 86-69 decision to Minnesota-Duluth over the weekend, Bemidji State (6-9, 2-3) dropped to sixth place, which it shares with UM-Duluth in the league standings. Not only did the Beavers lose the game but played without senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.), who is lost for the season with a torn ACL. Also, senior center Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) has a stress fracture in his foot sustained from the game on Saturday.

Minnesota-Morris is searching for its first league win of the season after losing two over the weekend. Northern State, which is just one-half game behind Winona State in the conference, looks to extend its NSIC winning streak to five games after taking down MSU Moorhead and Minnesota-Crookston this past weekend.

Minnesota-Duluth 86, Bemidji State 69 - Saturday, Jan. 11 - Duluth, Minn.
After the Beavers ended a 15-0 Bulldog spurt at 18:43 of the second half with one of senior guard Jeff Lorenson’s (Cannon Falls, Minn.) career-high five three-pointers, they went on a 17-11 run to close the gap to three at 50-47. That was as close as BSU would get as UM-Duluth responded with a 10-2 spurt to go up 60-49. For the game, Minnesota-Duluth shot 55 percent (27 of 49) from the field, including 24 of 33 from the free throw line. BSU was just 35 percent (24 of 68) from the floor and hoisted up a school and league record 43 three-pointers, hitting on 13 of them. The Beavers were only able to manage 29 rebounds compared to the 47 by UM-D and BSU shot just eight of 15 from the charity stripe. Lorenson hit for a career-high 21 points on six of 14 shooting as he added four rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) poured in 19 points on seven of 12 shooting while junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) notched his fifth-straight 10+ scoring effort with 10 points and he grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Beavers fell on some hard times this past week as senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) injured his knee in practice on Friday and will be out for the remainder of the season. Initial diagnosis is that he tore his ACL on the right knee. Caron was listed in several statistical categories in the NSIC leading into this weekend’s match-up. Some of those include: third in blocks/game (1.08) and field goal percentage (.588 (57/97) and tied for 21st in scoring (10.9). (UPDATE CONTINUED ON PAGE TWO)...

PROBABLE STARTERS (based on previous game’s lineup)
Bemidji State (6-8, 2-3 NSIC)    Minnesota-Morris (2-13, 0-6 NSIC)
G    #1 Stan Johnson    6-2    Sr.    G    #15 Adam Girtman    6-0    So.
G    #11 Royce Bryan    6-0    Sr.    G    #21 Paul Proshek    6-0    Fr.
C    #4 Chris Wallin    6-11    Sr.    C    #45 David Holler    6-5    So.
F    #00 Jeff Lorenson    6-2    Sr.    F    #24 Jon Lang    6-4    Jr.
F    #21 Charles Hanks    6-8    Jr.    F    #33 Eric Rohy    6-1    So.

Northern State (8-6, 5-1 NSIC)
G    #4 Jarod Oberins    5-10    So.
G    #5 Steve Smiley    6-1    Jr.
C    #50 Aaron Busack    6-7    Fr.
F    #24 Nick Schroeder    6-5    Sr.
F    #41 Sundance Wicks    6-5    Sr.

Also, senior center Chris Wallin (Mesa, Ariz.) sustained a stress fracture in his foot in the UM-Duluth game on Saturday and played limited minutes (11) in the contest. The status for Wallin is day-to-day.

With the 43 attempts from three-point range on Saturday, BSU has now gone three games this season with 40+ or more three-pointers launched and have dropped two of those games...The 16-point margin of victory by UM-D is the largest by either team in the overall series in a 12-game stretch...In leading the team with his six rebounds, Charles Hanks has gone six games in accomplishing that feat...The 12 three-point attempts by Jeff Lorenson and 10 by Royce Bryan are both career-highs...With 28 team rebounds, this is the fourth occasion that BSU has been under 30 rebounds this season - BSU is 0-4 in those contests...The Beavers drop to 0-6 when trailing at the half...In the game on Saturday, BSU has now gone six of the last seven contests in having fewer turnovers than its opponent...On the season, Bemidji State is 5-2 when tallying 10 or more three-pointers and 3-0 when having 20+ assists.

Bemidji State has averaged nearly 29 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 804. With the 43 attempts from three-point range on Saturday, BSU has now gone three games this season with 40 or more three-pointers launched - BSU hit for 42 vs. South Dakota State (11/30/02) and 40 vs. UM-Crookston (1/3/03) this season.

The 43 attempts is a school and league record as the old school record was 33 as it was done twice last season and Northern State shot up 39 tri-fectas a year ago, which was the old conference record.

In conference games only, BSU set a league record with 433 attempts last season. The Beavers are on pace to hit for 565 attempts in conference contests this year.

With shooting as many as they do, the Beavers have made some impressions for connecting on the long-range bombs. Against MSU-Moorhead (1/4/03), the 14 three-point field goals tied a school record set on Feb. 15, 2002 against Northern State.

In NCAA rankings through January 5th, BSU is ninth in Division II with 9.5 three-pointers made per game. In the conference, Bemidji State is on pace to connect on 173 three’s against NSIC opponents, which would break Southwest State’s mark of 163 set last season.

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 46-86 (.348) and sports a 27-39 (.409) mark at home and a 19-47 (.288) record on the road. In the past three seasons, BSU is 30-29 (.508) overall, 19-11 (.633) at the BSU Gymnasium and 12-18 (.400) on the road.

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 six times in rebounding, which is the most on the club, and five times in scoring. He is tops on the team in scoring (14.1 ppg), rebounds (6.4 rpg) and made field goals (86), second in blocks (10), fourth in steals (15) and field goal percentage (.489).

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 tied for first on the club in steals (27) and assists (43), second in scoring (13.6), third in three-pointers (22) and free throw percentage (.769). Johnson is tops on the squad with 12 games of double-digit scoring efforts, including nine of the last 10 contests.

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 (.492 - 30/61) as that mark is tops in the league. His .506 (44/87) mark from the floor is third on the team, 9.0 points per game is fourth and has tallied 10+ points in eight games and five of the last seven.

In leading the Beavers to wins over UM-Crookston and MSU-Moorhead the first weekend of January, 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.

vs. Minnesota-Morris (2-13, 0-6 NSIC)
Head coach Paul Grove enters his first season at UM-Morris with a 105-64 (.621) overall record in coaching ranks. Last season, the Cougars ended with a 4-23 record and tenth in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Cougars have lost their last seven after dropping two decisions to UM-Crookston and MSU Moorhead over the weekend. Their last win came against Northwestern (MN), 79-75, Dec. 14, 2002.

David Holler leads the team in scoring (14.9), blocks (10), free throw percentage (.837) and rebounding (6.4). He also ranks in the top-ten in the conference in three categories: second in free throw percentage, seventh in scoring and tied for eighth in rebounding. Adam Girtman (10.3) and Eric Rohy (9.9) round out the other Cougar scorers. Rohy is the squad’s leading three-point shooter (31 3’s) while Girtman gathers 3.93 assists per contest, which is good for fifth in the league.

Overall, UM-M ranks near the bottom of the conference in several statistical categories, including scoring margin (-22.7) but have the third-best percentage from the charity stripe (.718).
vs. Northern State (8-6, 5-1 NSIC)
Don Meyer continues his legacy as a collegiate head coach as he enters his fourth season at NSU. He owns an overall record of 749-255 (.746) and is 47-35 (.573) in his three years as a Wolf. Meyer returns three starters from last season’s squad which tied for first in the league after going 20-8 overall.

NSU has faced some stiff non-conference competition this season in the form of five North Central Conference programs (North Dakota State, Augustana, South Dakota, South Dakota State, North Dakota). All six of its losses on the season have been by less than eight points with three of them coming in overtime. This past weekend, the Wolves won two more conference contests to push that streak to four.

Sundance Wicks tops three players in double-figure scoring with 13.6 points per contest, which is tied for 11th-best in the conference. He also leads the club in rebounding (7.9), free throw percentage (.810) and hits on 50 percent (65 of 130) of his field goal attempts and is tied for the team lead with 22 steals. Aaron Busack, who is fourth-best in the league with his 59 percent from the field, averages 12.8 points per game as Jarod Obering chips in 11.7 points per game. Dustin Hjelmeland leads the club in three-point percentage (.438) while Steve Smiley ranks fourth in the NSIC with 58 assists on the season.

NSU is having succes this season, especially of late, thanks to some very good scoring and excellent defense. Northern State ranks second in the conference in scoring margin (+7.0), field goal percentage (.490), three-pointers made per game (9.1) and field goal percentage defense (.431).

ALL-TIME SERIES: vs. Minnesota-Morris 26-39 // vs. Northern State 14-37**
The 26 all-time victories is the second most for BSU against any opponent. Eight of the last nine meetings have gone in favor of the Beavers, including a pair during the 2001-02 season. Those eight Beaver victories have been by an average margin of 16 points. The last loss for BSU in Morris, Minn. was Jan. 21, 1998 in a 87-72 affair. In the 78-60 Beaver win in the last meeting on Feb. 16, 2002, Charles Hanks went for a game-high 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting as BSU shot 46 percent from the floor.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    30 (84-54, 1/11/02)
UM-M Largest Margin of Victory:    45 (101-56, 12/28/87)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    101 (W, 101-87, 2/13/87)
UM-M Highest Scoring Output:    101 (W, 101-56, 12/28/87)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    46 (L, 62-46, 1/4/79)
UM-M Lowest Scoring Output:    54 (L, 84-54, 1/11/02)

The last six contests have been split by the two squads with BSU winning last February, 79-76. The Beavers went 14-for-29 from three-point range as Royce Bryan had 15 points and Jeff Lorenson added a career-high 14 points. Prior to that span, Northern State won 10 straight.
In All-Time Series...
BSU Largest Margin of Victory:    19 (95-76, 2/9/01)
NSU Largest Margin of Victory:    52 (107-55, 1/4/95)
BSU Highest Scoring Output:    92 (W, 92-85, 2/2/94)
NSU Highest Scoring Output:    108 (W, 108-87, 1/29/93)
BSU Lowest Scoring Output:    51 (L, 80-51, 1/25/97)
NSU Lowest Scoring Output:    63 (L, 64-63, 2/5/82)
**Series records since the 1971-72 season

Senior point guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) is currently involved in the assists career record at BSU. He is two dimes shy of sliding into the seventh spot and 12 away from sixth-place for career assists. So far this season, Bryan has averaged 4.3 assists per game and if he keeps on that pace will total 103 on the season and 248 for his career, which would be good enough for second on the school charts. Senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) was on his way to break into the top-ten in scoring and rebounding before his knee injury as he is 131 points from the tenth spot. Also, Caron needs just 27 rebounds to take over the tenth spot in in that category.
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. 188    Royce Bryan    2001-SA

Seven players are recognized thus far among the league leaders in stats through all games played (through Jan. 12): Stan Johnson is fourth in free throw percentage (.769 - 50/65), sixth in steals/game (1.93), 12th in points/game (13.6), tied for 12th in assists/game (3.07), 15th in three-point field goal percentage (.361 - 22/61) and 18th in field goal percentage (.444 - 59/133); Charles Hanks is sixth in blocks/game (0.71), seventh in rebounds/game (6.4), tied for eighth in points/game (14.1), 13th in field goal percentage (.489 - 86/176) and tied for 22nd in steals/game (1.07); Royce Bryan is first in steals/game (2.70), third in assists/game (4.30) and 21st in three-point field goal percentage (.302 - 16/53); Jeff Lorenson is 12th in three-point field goal percentage (.393 - 24/61), tied for 12th in assists/game (3.07) and tied for 15th in steals/game (1.21); Adam Daley is first in three-point field goal percentage (.492 - 30/61); Aaron Kallhoff is tied for 27th in assists/game (2.07); and Chris Wallin is eighth in blocks/game (0.64).

Through Jan. 12th 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 (79.5), field goal percentage defense (.422 - 324/768) and three-pointers per game (9.79); third in field goal percentage (.454 - 407/896); fourth in scoring defense (73.2) and scoring margin (+6.3); tied for fourth in win/loss percentage (.429); and fifth in free throw percentage (.675 - 162/240).

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

(2nd Season at BSU - 23-19 (.548); 9th Season Overall - 177-89 (.665))
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.

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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.

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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. Helping Williams with the color duties is Kevin Drexel.

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