Beavers travel to No. 17 Winona State and Upper Iowa
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Beavers travel to No. 17 Winona State and Upper Iowa

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Winona State University
Date: Friday, December 9, 2011
Location: Winona, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: McCown Gymnasium
Capacity: 3,500

Opponent: Upper Iowa University
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2011
Location: Fayette, Iowa
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Dorman Gymnasium
Capacity: 1,500

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The Game

The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (6-2; 1-1 NSIC) concludes its longest Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road trip of the season Dec. 9-10 as it travels to No. 17 Winona State University and Upper Iowa University for a pair of 8 p.m. tip-offs.          

The Beavers
The Beavers opened the NSIC season 1-1 with a 77-57 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead Dec. 2 and a 69-44 victory at University of Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 3. The loss to the Dragons snapped a five-game win streak for BSU. The Beavers couldn’t get anything rolling on either side of the ball against MSUM, shooting well below their average and allowing their opponent to shoot above 50 percent for the first time all season. BSU quickly remedied the loss with the 25 point win against the Golden Eagles.  
    The Beavers again got production from their leading scorer, as senior James Ellisor had 19 points and six rebounds both games. He leads the NSIC in scoring with 20.5 points per game. The six wins in eight games marks the fastest BSU has reached six victories under head coach Matt Bowen. Last season it took 12 games to reach half a dozen.

Fast Break
• The Beavers have yet to reach the 80 point plateau this season. Last season through eight games BSU had gone over 80 points on five occasions. On the season the Beavers did so 12 times and posted a 7-5 record in those contests.
• No worries on the previous note, the Beavers have the second best scoring defense in the NSIC, allowing just 58.8 points per contest.
• BSU is 5-0 when leading at halftime this season.
• The Beavers are 4-1 when winning the previous game in 2011-12.
• BSU has outrebounded its opponent five times this season and owns a 4-1 record. Last season the Beavers went 11-4 when bringing down more rebounds than their opponent.
• Head coach Matt Bowen has started five different combinations of five this season

The Warriors
The No. 17 Warriors are riding a five-game winning streak and own a 6-1 record this season. WSU is 1-0 in NSIC play after downing travel partner Upper Iowa 84-57 in Fayette, Iowa Dec. 3. The Warriors are led by Clayton Vette’s 16.4 points per game and 9.1 rebounds per contest. Winona State is averaging 84.7 points per game, while allowing 65.7 for a +19 point margin. Mike Leaf is the head coach for the Warriors, he is in his 14th season at WSU.

All-Time Series vs the Warriors
The Beavers are 69-80 all-time against the Warriors, but own the last five games 3-2 and have won the last two meetings in Winona. BSU swept the season series in 2009-10 and earned a 60-58 victory on the road last season. When the Beavers downed the Warriors in Winona in 2009, BSU needed overtime for the 88-87 win against the then-No. 17 Winona State.

The Peacocks

The Peacocks are 3-2 overall and 0-1 in NSIC play. UIU won three straight before losing to Winona State in the conference opener Dec. 3. Tucker Wentzien is the team’s points and rebounds leader with 14.6 points and 7.2 boards per game this season. The Peacocks are averaging 69.4 points per game, while allowing 68.8. Brian Dolan is in his sixth season as the bench boss at Upper Iowa.

All-Time Series vs the Peacocks
The Beavers own a slim 6-5 all-time advantage against the Peacocks, but BSU is 2-5 in the last seven games, including a 1-2 mark in Fayette during that time. Last season the Beavers downed UIU 63-61 at Upper Iowa.