Men’s basketball releases 2010-11 schedule
Monday, August 23, 2010
Men’s basketball releases 2010-11 schedule
BEMIDJI, Minn.  -- Bemidji State head men’s basketball coach Matt Bowen has announced the Beavers’ 2010-11 schedule. The addition of two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games, to make 22, highlight the 26-game schedule.

The Beavers start and finish their four nonconference contests in November, playing three games on the road. BSU opens the season at Michigan Tech University Nov. 16. Bowen has never faced MTU, but Bemidji State has a rich history with the Huskies battling 52 times with BSU leading 36-16. On the next night the Beavers travel to Finlandia University. Last season, Bemidji State downed Finlandia 99-67 at the BSU Gymnasium in the middle of a five-game winning streak. The home season begins with University of Wisconsin-Stout coming to Bemidji Nov. 23. The nonconference season ends at Jamestown College Nov. 29. BSU will be looking for some revenge from the Jimmies after they defeated the Beavers 72-69 at the BSU Gymnasium early last season.

The conference season begins at the BSU Gymnasium Dec. 3-4 with Minnesota State University Moorhead and University of Minnesota, Crookston opening the NSIC season for the second consecutive year. BSU remains home for its longest homestand of season to battle Winona State University Dec. 10 and Upper Iowa University Dec. 11. Last season the Beavers downed Winona State twice for the first time since 2003-04 and earned the first win against the Warriors during Bowen’s four seasons.

BSU takes to the road Dec. 17-18 to open the NSIC schedule away from the BSU Gymnasium to battle Northern State University and University of Mary, respectively. The Beavers will then enjoy a couple weeks off for the holidays before traveling to University of Minnesota Duluth Jan. 2.

BSU returns home Jan. 7-8 for match-ups against Augustana College and Wayne State College. The Beavers then endure their longest road trip of the season, starting with NSIC Tournament champions and NCAA Elite Eight participants St. Cloud State University Jan. 14. The next evening, the Beavers continue south to Concordia University, St. Paul. BSU closes the roadie at defending NSIC regular season champions      Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 21 and Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 22.

A three-game homestand follows the road trip, starting with U-Mary and Northern State Jan. 28-29, and ends with Minnesota Duluth Feb. 5. The Beavers return the favor to UMC and MSUM Feb. 11-12, as they make the short trip to Crookston and Moorhead. The home portion of the regular season schedule closes Feb. 18-19 with Minnesota State and Southwest Minnesota State coming to town. The last time Minnesota State visited Bemidji was Nov. 30, 1999, downing BSU 78-69. The regular season comes to an end on the road Feb. 25-26 with contests against Upper Iowa and Winona State. Last season, BSU used overtime to defeat the Warriors on their home court, 88-87.

The 2009-10 Beavers closed the season winning five of their last six games, which included a season-long five game winning streak. BSU finished with a 12-15 overall and 8-12 NSIC record. The win totals are the best under Bowen and since 2005-06. BSU finished in 11th place in the final NSIC standings, but just a game out of a tie for ninth.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).