Beavers open NSIC play with Dragons and Golden Eagles
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Beavers open NSIC play with Dragons and Golden Eagles
Setting the Scene
Opponent: MSU Moorhead
Date: Friday, December 2, 2011
Location: Moorhead, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse
Capacity: 4,000

Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2011
Location: Crookston, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Lysaker Gymnasium
Capacity: 3,000

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (5-1; 0-0 NSIC) opens the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season Dec. 2-3. BSU travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 3 for an 8 p.m. tilt and University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3 for a 6 p.m. tip-off. The series begins a four-game conference road trip for the Beavers - the longest of the season.          

The Beavers
The Beavers are 5-1 for the first time since 1997-98 and are on a five-game winning streak after downing Minot State (74-45) and Michigan Tech (63-58) Nov. 25-26 as it hosted the InnKeepers Beaver Classic. BSU held a 37-29 lead at half against Minot State, then opened up a large lead with a 10-0 run to start the second half, en route to the 29 point victory. The Beavers found a lead against Michigan Tech with 9:01 remaining in the first half and never lost it from that point on. Senior James Ellisor scored 26 points and added nine rebounds in the victory against the Huskies. On the weekend he averaged 24 points and six rebounds, while shooting 66.7 percent from the field. His 21.0 ppg leads the NSIC this young season.

The Dragons
The Dragons bring a 3-0 record into NSIC play as it has posted three home wins against Valley City State (80-65), Mayville State (71-45) and Concordia College (96-56). MSU Moorhead has a +27.0 points and +13.3 rebounds margin on its opponents this season. The Dragons have committed an average of 13.7 turnovers per game, but have also forced their opponents to 13.7 turnovers per contest. MSUM has been led in points and rebounds by Jake Lindfors twice this season as he leads the team in points per game with 18.0. He has also added 7.7 rebounds per contest. The Dragons are guided by second year head coach Chad Walthall.

All-Time Series vs the Dragons
The Beavers and Dragons have a storied history that dates back to 1928 with the teams facing off on 167 occasions and serving as BSU’s longest rivalry. The Beavers trail 86-81 (.485) in the all-time series and have struggled as of late with a 1-4 record in the last five contests. Last season MSU Moorhead edged BSU 60-58 at the BSU Gymnasium and won 70-62 at the Fieldhouse. Head coach Matt Bowen holds a 2-7 record against the Dragons.  

The Golden Eagles

The Golden Eagles are 3-0 to start the season, getting road wins at Northland International University (91-51) and St. Scholastica (79-53) and downing Crown College at home Nov. 29 82-47. UMC has outscored its opponents by a +33.7 margin and is cleaning up the glass by a +16.0 margin. The Golden Eagles are led by senior Akeem Cubie’s 17.0 points and 5.0 points per game. UMC is coached by Jeff Oseth, who is in his 10th year at Minnesota, Crookston.

All-Time Series vs the Golden Eagles

The Beavers hold a strong 37-13 (.740) advantage over the Golden Eagles in a history that dates back to 1922. Since UMC joined the NSIC in 1999, BSU is 21-4, including six straight. Last season the Beavers won the two games against UMC by a +16 margin (86.5-70.5). Head coach Matt Bowen is 8-1 against the Golden Eagles in his six seasons at BSU.