Beavers hit the Dakotas to face Marauders and Wolves
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Beavers hit the Dakotas to face Marauders and Wolves
Setting the Scene
Opponent: University of Mary
Date: Friday, January 27, 2012
Location: Bismarck, N.D.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Activity Center
Capacity: 2,000

Setting the Scene
Opponent: Northern State University
Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012
Location: Aberdeen, S.D.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Wachs Arena
Capacity: 8,057

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (14-5; 9-4 NSIC) hits the road for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games Jan. 27-28 as it travels to University of Mary and Northern State University. Both contests are set for an 8 p.m. tip.      
The Beavers
The Beavers boast a 14-5 overall and 9-4 NSIC record to sit in a tie for third in the league standings with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Last weekend BSU made it three wins in a row and improved to 9-1 at home in 2011-12 with wins against Minnesota State University, Mankato and Southwest Minnesota State University. The win against Minnesota State was the first by the Beavers since 1969 (0-23). Senior James Ellisor averaged 30.0 points and shot 82.8 percent from the field, earning NSIC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season. Ellisor leads the league and ranks No. 9 in the nation in points per game with 22.1 and his 51.2 percentage from 3-point range is an NSIC-best. Senior Bryce Tesdahl leads the league and sits ninth nationally in assists per game (5.9 apg) and is sixth in the nation with a NSIC-leading 3.1 assist/turnover ratio.

Fast Break
• Bemidji State received a vote in the NABC Division II Coaches’ Poll Jan. 24.
• It took the Beavers 10 games to reach the 80 point plateau until doing it in four consecutive games Dec. 16-Jan. 7. BSU is 4-1 when scoring 80 or more points this season and 10-2 when scoring 70 or more.  
• Scoring a lot isn’t an issue, as the Beavers have the best scoring defense in the NSIC, allowing just 64.2 points per contest.
• BSU is 12-2 when leading at halftime and 14-2 when tied or winning at half this season. It’s losses coming from to then-No. 17 Winona State Dec. 9 and then-No. 21 St. Cloud State Jan. 13.
• The Beavers are 9-4 when winning the previous game in 2011-12.
• BSU has outrebounded its opponent 10 times this season and owns a 8-2 record when doing so. 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 10.7 turnovers per game the team leads the NSIC and ranks third in the nation.
• BSU has also been disciplined on the defense end, with 15.9 personal fouls per game the Beavers rank No. 20 nationally.
• The Beavers have shot 50 percent or better in four of the last five games and are 8-0 this season when shooting above 50 percent.  
• Senior James Ellisor leads the league and ranks 9th in the nation with 22.1 points per game.
• BSU also leads the NSIC and ranks 9th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.37 ratio. That is mostly in thanks to senior Bryce Tesdahl, who leads the league with a 3.1 ratio that also sits 6th in the nation. Tesdahl is the league’s leader in assists per game with 5.9 (12th nationally). He is already the program’s assist leader and has 491 career helpers, looking to surpass 500 this weekend.  
• Ellisor leads the NSIC in conference games with a 59.3 percentage from downtown.
• As a team the Beavers are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc to rank second in the conference and No. 23 in the nation.  
• The Beavers are 7-1 on Saturday’s in 2011-12.
• The 14 victories by BSU is the most in a season under sixth-year head coach Matt Bowen.
• Bowen has started six different combinations of five this season. The line-up in the last nine games of Tesdahl, Dermaine Crockrell, Lance Rongstad, Ellisor and Mason Walters is 7-2.

Last Time Out
The Beavers used the dominate play of senior James Ellisor and hot second half shooting to go 2-0 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 20-21. The Beavers downed Minnesota State 75-67 behind 34 points from Ellisor and 68.2 percent shooting from the field in the second half, before Ellisor scored 26 and BSU shot 64 percent in the second frame of a 70-56 victory against Southwest Minnesota State. BSU trailed the Mavericks 34-29 at the half, but went off in the second half, en route to its first victory of the season when trailing at the break. The Beavers and Mustangs were knotted 25-25 heading into the locker room, but again the home team came out of firing in the second half, outscoring SMSU 45-31 in the second.   

The Marauders

The Marauders are 4-13 overall and 3-10 in conference play to sit tied for 12th with Wayne State College in the NSIC standings. U-Mary snapped a three-game losing streak Jan. 21 with a 70-69 victory at Northern State. Before the losing streak the Marauders upset then-No. 19 MSU Moorhead 72-51 at home. The win is the lone victory in Bismarck for U-Mary, as the team posts a 1-7 record at the Activity Center. Josh Turner guides the team with 14.4 points per game. Jevin Budde is in his first season as head coach of the Marauders.    

All-Time Series vs the Marauders
The Beavers are 3-9 all-time against the Marauders, with a 2-3 record in the last five contests. BSU defeated U-Mary earlier this season at the BSU Gymnasium 82-61, behind 21 points from junior Dermaine Crockrell and 20 by senior James Ellisor. BSU established a program-best in 3-point percentage (75%), shooting 15-of-20 from beyond the arc. The Beavers are 0-6 all-time in Bismarck.       

The Wolves
The Wolves are 10-7 overall and 6-7 in the NSIC for the eighth spot in the league standings. NSU has lost its last two games and is 1-3 in its last four games. The Wolves fell to U-Mary Jan. 21 70-69 in Aberdeen, S.D. Northern State is 8-3 at home this season, including a 60-58 win against then-No. 10 Winona State Jan. 3. The Wolves are guided by Dustin Tezlaff’s 14.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Paul Sather is in his second season as head coach of NSU.

All-Time Series vs the Wolves
The Beavers and Wolves have been doing battle since 1959 with NSU holding the 53-24 all-time advantage. BSU has a 3-2 record in the last five contests, including a 88-59 home victory earlier this season behind junior Mason Walters’ career night with 27 points (5-for-5 3-point shooting). Last season in Aberdeen, the Beavers won 92-86.