Beavers open home slate with University of Sioux Falls
Friday, November 18, 2011
Beavers open home slate with University of Sioux Falls
Setting the Scene
Opponent: University of Sioux Falls
Date: Sunday, November 20, 2011
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500


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The Weekend
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (1-1; 0-0 NSIC) opens its home slate of the 2011-12 season with University of Sioux Falls Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.        

The Beavers

The Beavers started the season 1-1 at the NSIC/RMAC Challenge in Colorado Nov. 11-12. BSU fell to No. 10 Metropolitian State College 71-60 in Denver, Colo. Nov. 11 before defeating University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 77-69 in Colorado Springs Nov. 12.

Senior James Ellisor led the Beavers in both games, averaging 21.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists in 36.5 minutes per game. In the loss to Metro State, Ellisor scored 27 points, one shy of his career-high, and added nine rebounds.

The Beavers got behind 20-7 in the first seven minutes of the game, but cut the deficit to five with six minutes remaining in regulation before falling by 11. The next night, BSU never trailed against the Cougars, getting at least six points from eight different players. Ellisor led the team with 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Sophomore Jake Schalow posted 12 points and sophomore Zach Noreen had 10 for the Beavers.    

The Cougars

The Cougars (1-2 as of Nov. 16) are in transition from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) to NCAA Division II and are scheduled to join the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) for the 2012-13 season. To prepare for the impending move, USF has four NSIC teams on its schedule, ending with Bemidji State. The Cougars fell to St. Cloud State 74-56 in St. Cloud, Minn. Nov. 13 and fell 64-63 to cross-town rival Augustana College Nov. 15. USF played Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday before trekking north to Bemidji. The Cougars are led by Skyler Bloch’s 18.3 points per game

All-Time Series vs the Cougars

For the third consecutive game the Beavers will play a team they have never faced in program history.