Beavers host Northern State and U-Mary
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Beavers host Northern State and U-Mary
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Beavers host NSU and U-Mary

This Week: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hosts Northern State University and University of Mary Jan. 15-16 in the BSU Gymnasium for two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. Both games are slated for 8 p.m.  
About Bemidji State: The Beavers are 5-9 overall and 2-6 in NSIC play. BSU is on a six-game losing streak, since defeating then-No. 17 Winona State 88-87 in overtime Dec. 12 in Winona, Minn. Last weekend, BSU fell to Concordia University 110-76 and St. Cloud State 80-69 in two NSIC road games.

• The Beavers are the best free throw shooting team in the conference, going 221-of-287 (77.0) from the line. They rank seventh in the nation in the same category.
• Senior Seth Haake has 17.4 points per game this season, which is sixth in the league and his 19.3 points per game in NSIC play is fourth. He is 56 points shy of reaching the 1,000 point mark for his career.
• Half of BSU’s active roster is composed of true freshmen.
• Freshman Lance Rongstad has played in 28.5 minutes per game in conference play this season, which is the second most by a freshman in the NSIC.
About Northern State: Northern State is 5-9 overall and 1-6 in the NSIC, sitting in 13th place in the conference standings. NSU has its lone conference win against Upper Iowa Jan. 3 at home by the score of 92-75. The Wolves lost to U-Mary on the road last weekend 81-78. NSU has failed to win a game on the road or on a neutral court this season. They are led in scoring by senior Mitch Boeck’s 12.4 points per game.

Series History: The Beavers are 22-50 all-time against the Wolves. Last season, BSU stole a victory from the then-No. 11 Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. by the score of 100-93 in double overtime.       

About University of Mary: The Marauders are 9-5 overall and 5-2 in NSIC play this season, good for fourth place in the conference standings. U-Mary is on a five-game winning streak, which includes a 87-85 overtime victory against Winona State Jan. 3. The Marauders are 2-4 on the road this season, going 2-2 in conference contests. They are led by junior Anthony Moody in scoring, who stands second in the NSIC with a 18.5 points per game clip. U-Mary was in Duluth last night playing UMD.
Series History: BSU is 1-7 all-time against the Marauders. The Beavers are 0-5 in the last five contests, losing last season at U-Mary 80-76.
Last Action: The Beavers went 0-2 at Concordia University (110-76) and St. Cloud State University (80-69) last weekend in an NSIC road weekend.

Jan. 8 - vs. Concordia University: The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team lost to the Concordia University Golden Bears 110-76 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at the Gangelhoff Center Jan. 8. The Beavers have now lost five straight overall and their last three in conference play.
    The Beavers (5-8, 2-5 NSIC) held a two point lead at 7-5 1:37 into the contest on a balanced scoring attack. CU then grabbed a lead with a 3-pointer at 17:28. BSU then went cold over the next four minutes, scoring just four points and getting down 20-11. The Golden Bears continued to run for the rest of the half and held a commanding 25 point lead at 53-28 heading into the locker room. The second half was a closer affair as BSU lost the second frame by only nine 57-48, but still lost the contest by 34. It was a rough night for BSU on both ends of the floor with poor shooting and 20 turnovers, which is uncharacteristic for a Beaver team that entered the contest 51st in the nation in turnovers per game at a 13.6 clip.
    BSU shot 39.4 percent from the field, while CU posted a monster 57.7 percent from the field. The Golden Bears also shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) led the squad in points with 19, while adding seven rebounds. Sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) scored 12 and freshman Noah Shepherd (G, Minneapolis, Minn.) had a career-high 11 points.

Jan. 9 - vs. St. Cloud State:  The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team struggled in the second half and it led to a 80-69 loss to St. Cloud State University Jan. 9 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game at Halenbeck Hall. The loss extends BSU’s losing streak to six overall and four in the NSIC.
    The Beavers (5-9, 2-6 NSIC) had all five of their starters score in double-figures for the first time this season. Senior Seth Haake (G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) and sophomore Bryce Tesdahl (G, Crosby, MInn.) led the squad with 15 apiece. BSU outshot SCSU 50.0 percent to 43.1 percent from the field, marking the fourth loss this season when the Beavers have outshot their opponent and second loss when shooting 50 percent or more. The Beavers’ opponents finally cooled down in Saturday’s loss, as the previous five games saw the BSU opponents shoot 45.5 percent or better, three of which were over 50.0 percent. BSU had an issue with turnovers for the second consecutive night, committing 18 giveaways. SCSU scored 27 points off Bemidji State turnovers.
    There were six lead changes and six ties in the first 10 minutes of the game. The back-and-forth play finally ended at the 10:03 mark when Haake dropped a 3-pointer to give BSU a one-point advantage at 22-21. The Beavers followed it with a 10-2 run to earn a nine-point lead with 6:26 remaining, the largest it would see in the game. Tesdahl scored five points in the stretch, while junior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) poured in the other five. BSU held its lead through halftime, owning a 41-36 lead at the break. The Beavers scored 22 points in the paint to SCSU’s four.
    The Huskies used the first 3:03 of the second frame to tie the game 44-44, the seventh time the score had been knotted in the contest. SCSU continued to roll and took a four point lead at 48-44 with 14:59 remaining in regulation. The two teams traded a couple of baskets, but then the Huskies went on a 13-3 run from the 10:49 to the 7:22 mark, owning a 65-51 advantage. The Beavers were never able to get the deficit below 10, en route to the 11 point loss. Cassidy scored 14 points, freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) scored 12 points and in his first-career start, freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) scored 10 points and added a team-high seven rebounds.

NSIC Preseason Poll: The Bemidji State men’s basketball team is ranked ninth in the 2009-10 edition of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, receiving 89 points. The Beavers are coming off a year where they finished tied for 10th in the NSIC with a 6-14 record.

NSIC Preseason Player to Watch: Senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) played and started in all 27 games for the Beavers in 2008-09, leading the team in points (13.9 p/g), rebounds (4.7 r/g), minutes (30.4 m/g) and steals (1.7 s/g), while finishing second on the team in assists (2.0 a/g). His 13.9 points per game was the most by a Beaver player since 2003-04 and ranked 12th in overall scoring in the NSIC. Haake earned his first career NSIC Player of the Week award after leading BSU in a 3-0 week, Jan. 6-10, which included wins over Dickinson State, Concordia University and St. Cloud State. He averaged 20.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 60 percent from the floor in the three games. In NSIC play he averaged 13.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.25 assists and shot .526 from the floor. Haake had a team-high 20 games in double-figures in scoring, including six games with over 20 points.

Bowen in Season Openers: Head coach Matt Bowen earned his first victory in season openers in his four seasons at BSU on Nov. 20. The Beavers defeated College of the Ozarks 60-54 at the Viterbo University Pepsi Tournament.

Season Opener Record
Date    Opponent    Site    Result
11/20/09    College of the Ozarks    La Crosse, Wis.    W, 60-54
11/18/08    Jamestown College    Bemidji, Minn.    L, 52-53
11/16/07    St. Cloud State    St. Cloud, Minn.    L, 61-86
11/15/06    Minnesota Duluth    Duluth, Minn.    L, 59-90

Grand Accomplishment: Senior Seth Haake is just 56 point shy of reaching 1,000 points in his career. If he reaches that point, he will be the first Beaver to accomplish the fete since Charles Hanks (2001-04).

Thanks for the Charity: Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 52-of-57 from the charity stripe this season, posting a 91.2 percentage from the line that stands second in the NSIC and 13th in the nation. BSU is first in overall games and in conference games this season, standing 7th in the nation at a 77.0 percentage.

Helping Hand: With 16.13 assists per game in conference play this season, the Beavers are fifth in the league. Winona State is first at 19.5 apg. Tesdahl has 5.75 assists per game in league games, which is second. With 5.0 apg in all games, Tesdahl is 44 in the nation.

Andrew Jackson: Senior Seth Haake scored in the 20’s four consecutive games Dec.12-Jan. 2, pouring in a season-high 27 against Northern Michigan Dec. 29. He had six 20-plus point games last season.

National Ranking: In the NCAA national ranking summary from games thru Jan. 10, BSU is 7th in free throw percentage at a 77.0 clip. The Beavers are also in the top 50 (270 ranked) in field goal percentage (50th, 47.7 percent). Sophomore Bryce Tesdahl is 13 in free throw percentage at a 91.2 mark and stands 44 in assists per game with 5.0 per contest. He is also 89 in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.84 mark. Senior Seth Haake is 77 in field goal percentage with a 54.0 percentage.    

Work Horses: All five of the regular starters for the Beavers have logged at least 26.9 minutes per game in conference play this season, placing them all in the top 30 in the conference rankings for minutes per game.

Player     GP/GS     Rk     MPG
Seth Haake    8/8    3    35.4
Bryce Tesdahl    8/8    7    34.0
Lance Rongstad    8/6    24    28.5
Patrick Cassidy    8/8    25    28.0
Jake Lindstrom    7/6    T30    26.9