Beavers travel to No. 21 Augustana and Wayne State
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Beavers travel to No. 21 Augustana and Wayne State

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Augustana College
Date: Saturday, January 7, 2012
Location: Sioux Falls, S.D.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Elmen Center
Capacity: 4,000

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Wayne State College
Date: Sunday, January 8, 2012
Location: Wayne, Neb.
Tip-off: 4:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Rice Auditorium
Capacity: 2,500

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (10-3; 5-2 NSIC) takes its four-game winning streak on the road in two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games against No. 21 Augustana College Jan. 7 at 6 p.m. and Wayne State College Jan. 8 at 4 p.m.

Midco Sports Network
Both BSU men’s and women’s basketball games at Augustana College Jan. 7 will be televised live on Midcontinent Communication’s Midco Sports Network.     

The Beavers
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is off to its best 13 game start since 1973-74, as it holds a 10-3 record. The Beavers’ 5-2 record in NSIC play is good for a solo spot in fourth. BSU is on a four-game winning streak after taking care of home court Jan. 3 in a 85-72 win against University of Minnesota Duluth. Senior guard James Ellisor scored 25 points in the victory and currently leads the NSIC in scoring at a 20.3 points per game clip. Senior Bryce Tesdahl has the league’s best assist/turnover ratio at 2.63.

Fast Break
• It took the Beavers 10 games to reach the 80 point plateau until doing it in the last three games starting Dec. 16. Last season through 13 games BSU had gone over 80 points on seven 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 best scoring defense in the NSIC and 18th best in the nation, allowing just 60.3 points per contest.
• BSU is 9-1 when leading at halftime this season. It’s only loss came to then-No. 17 Winona State Dec. 9.
• The Beavers are 7-2 when winning the previous game in 2011-12.
• BSU has outrebounded its opponent seven times this season and owns a 6-1 record. Last season the Beavers went 11-4 - all their wins - when bringing down more rebounds than their opponent.
• The Beavers have taken care of the ball this season. With an average of 10.0 turnovers per game the team leads the NSIC and ranks second in the nation.
• BSU also leads the NSIC and ranks 10th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.40 ratio. That is mostly in thanks to senior Bryce Tesdahl, who leads the league with a 2.63 ratio that also sits 23rd in the nation.
• The Beavers have hit 25-of-42 (59.5%) from beyond the arc in the last two contests. Senior James Ellisor leads the NSIC in conference games with a 61.1 percentage from downtown.
• The Beavers are 5-0 on Saturday’s and 1-0 on Sunday’s in 2011-12.
• BSU has already played 36% of their NSIC road games this season, starting the first four league games away from the BSU Gymnasium. BSU went 2-2 in those games.
• Head coach Matt Bowen has started six different combinations of five this season. The line-up in the last three games of Tesdahl, Dermaine Crockrell, Lance Rongstad, Ellisor and Mason Walters is 3-0.

Last Time Out
After trailing 4-2 two minutes into the contest, the Beavers rattled off a 9-0 run to own a seven point advantage at 11-4 with 16:09 to play in the first half. The Bulldogs battled back and went on a run of their own to cut the BSU lead to two at 16-14 with 12:36 to play in the frame. The home team then responded with a decisive 11-2 run that pushed the lead to double digits at 27-16 with nine minutes remaining in the half. After that the lead never dipped below nine the rest of the game as the Beavers rolled to a 13 point victory.

The Vikings
The Vikings are on a three-game losing streak after starting the season 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the NSIC. Augie was downed by MSU Moorhead 81-76 in Sioux Falls before the holiday break before starting the new year on the road with losses to St. Cloud State (86-61) and Concordia-St. Paul (81-77). Augustana is 4-1 at home this season. Senior Cody Schilling is leading the Vikings with 15.5 points per game, adding 4.6 rebounds per contest and a 46.4 percentage from the field. Augie is coached by Tom Billeter, who is in his ninth season.  

All-Time Series vs the Vikings

The Beavers and Vikings have met 11 times with Augie holding the all-time advantage 7-4. BSU and Augustana first met in 1966 with BSU winning at AC 95-86, but the Vikings have owned recent history, winning the last five meetings. Last season Augie downed the Beavers in Bemidji 69-67.   

The Wildcats
The Wildcats are 4-8 overall, 3-5 in the NSIC and hold a 1-4 record at home. WSC started the new year with a road split at Concordia-St. Paul (W, 77-73) and St. Cloud State (L, 64-47). Wayne State is first in league games in scoring defense, holding its opponent to 61.4 points per game, but on the flip side the team has the 14th scoring offense with a 56.5 points per game output. Amry Shelby has led the team in scoring on eight occasions and is the squad’s leading scorer with 14.6 points per game. Paul Combs is in his third season as head coach at Wayne State.

All-Time Series vs the Wildcats
Bemidji State and Wayne State have been doing battle since 1971 with the Wildcats owning a 25-15 all-time advantage. Before last season’s home victory of 63-53 the Beavers had lost the previous five games with WSC.