Beavers Move Up Three Spots to Seventh in the Region
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Feb. 25, 2004

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team vaulted to No. 7 in this weeks North Central Region poll, one week after being 10th. The announcement came today from the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee. The ranking is the best in school history; BSU got to as high as No. 8 during the 1992-93 season.

Winners of 13 out of their last 15, the Beavers blew out SW Minnesota State 107-82 and took down Wayne State (Neb.) 81-70 last weekend. BSU set a school field goal percentage record by shooting 67.3 percent against the Mustangs.

There are ten teams selected in each region with a total of eight regions in the country. The regional rankings are released weekly on Wednesdays through March 3, 2004. The North Central Region comprise 32 teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), North Central Conference (NCC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). The RMAC is made up of teams from Nebraska, Colorado and New Mexico.

The winner of the NSIC Tournament automatically qualifies for the North Central Region NCAA Tournament, March 13-14, 16, held at the top seed in the region, which is currently Metro State in Denver, Colo.

Bemidji State joins Northern State (fourth) as the only NSIC teams in the poll. The Beavers have faced three of the region’s current top 10 programs this season - South Dakota State (second), Northern State, North Dakota State and South Dakota (sixth). BSU has split with Northern State, defeating the Wolves, 94-83, Jan. 6, 2004.

The Beavers, which have won 11 straight home contests versus NSIC opposition, close out regular season play against Minnesota Duluth this Thursday. Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium as four seniors will be recognized. The game can be heard live on KBSB-FM 90 or on the world wide web at Josh Harvey will provide the on-air talent.

BSU owns a one-half game lead over Northern State for first-place in the NSIC. With a win against the Bulldogs, the Beavers will snap a 34-year NSIC Championship drought.

1. Metropolitan State    23-2
2. South Dakota State    25-3
3. Nebraska-Kearney    23-2
4. Northern State    20-5
5. Nebraska-Omaha    18-7
6. South Dakota    17-8
7. Bemidji State    18-8
8. Colorado Christian    18-7
9. Mesa State    16-8
10. Ft. Lewis    17-7