Beavers look to preserve 9-1 home record vs UMC, MSUM
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Beavers look to preserve 9-1 home record vs UMC, MSUM
Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

Setting the Scene
Opponent: MSU Moorhead
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: Bemidji, Minn.
Tip-off: 6:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: BSU Gymnasium
Capacity: 2,500

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The Game

The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (16-6; 11-5 NSIC) hosts University of Minnesota, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead Feb. 10-11 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference weekend. The Beavers welcome the Golden Eagles Feb. 10 at 8 p.m., before battling the Dragons Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.      
The Beavers
The Beavers have won five of their last six games, are 16-6 overall and 11-5 in the NSIC to sit in a tie for third in the standings with MSU Moorhead. BSU is 9-1 at home this season, winning its last three. The Beavers won their lone contest last weekend, downing University of Minnesota Duluth 93-85 in Duluth Feb. 4. Junior Dermaine Crockrell was named NSIC Player of the Week Feb. 6 for his 27-point performance at Minnesota Duluth. He shot 10-for-15 (66.7%) from the field and added six assists, four rebounds with no turnovers in 38 minutes of play. Senior James Ellisor is the league’s points leader with 21.3 points per game and senior Bryce Tesdahl leads the NSIC with 5.9 assists per game. The 16 wins marks just the 15th time in program history the Beavers have reached that win total.

Fast Break
• 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 5-1 when scoring 80 or more points this season and 12-2 when scoring 70 or more.  
• Scoring a lot isn’t an issue, as the Beavers have the second best scoring defense in the NSIC, allowing just 65.5 points per contest.
• BSU is 14-2 when leading at halftime and 16-2 when tied or having the advantage 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 6-0 after a loss this season and have a 10-5 record when winning the previous game in 2011-12.
• BSU has outrebounded its opponent 11 times this season and owns a 9-2 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 10.5 turnovers per game the team leads the NSIC and ranks second in the nation.
• BSU has also been disciplined on the defense end, with 15.9 personal fouls per game the Beavers rank No. 22 nationally. No player has fouled out in a game this season.
• The Beavers have shot 50 percent or better in six of the last seven games and are 10-0 this season when shooting above 50 percent.  
• Senior James Ellisor leads the league and ranks 11th in the nation with 21.3 points per game. In other league rankings he sits first in 3-point percentage (50.0%), third in minutes per game (32.9 mpg), fourth in field goal percentage (57.1%), ninth in rebounding (6.6 rpg), tied for 12th in free throw percentage (83.3%) and 11th in steals (1.27 spg).
• BSU leads the NSIC and ranks 9th in the nation in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.39 ratio. That is mostly in thanks to senior Bryce Tesdahl, who leads the league with a 3.0 ratio that also sits 5th in the nation. Tesdahl is the league’s leader in assists per game with 5.9 (13th nationally). He is already the program’s assist leader and has 507 career helpers.  
• As a team the Beavers are shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc to rank fourth in the conference and No. 31 in the nation. In conference games only the Beavers have a 39.5 percentage from downtown to sit second.
• Ellisor leads the NSIC in conference games with a 56.3 percentage from downtown, while junior Dermaine Crockrell is ninth (43.3%), Tesdahl is 10th (43.2%) and junior Mason Walters is 13th (42.2%).
• The Beavers are 8-2 on Saturday’s in 2011-12.
• The 16 victories by BSU is the most in a season under sixth-year head coach Matt Bowen. Only 15 teams have reached 16 wins in a season in program history, while just three teams have amassed 18 wins in a season.
• Bowen has started six different combinations of five this season. The line-up in the last 11 games of Tesdahl, Crockrell, junior Lance Rongstad, Ellisor and Walters is 8-3.

The Golden Eagles
The Golden Eagles are 7-13 overall and 3-13 in NSIC play for the 14th spot in the conference standings. UMC is 2-1 in its last three, but 2-5 in its last seven contests. The Golden Eagles are averaging 65.8 points per game (13th in NSIC) and are allowing 68.2 points per contest (6th in the NSIC). UMC is guided by Akeem Cubie’s 17.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Jeff Oseth is in his 10th season as head coach of the Golden Eagles.

All-Time Series vs the Golden Eagles
The Beavers have won seven straight against the Golden Eagles and own an all-time record of 38-13 against UMC in a series that dates back to 1922. BSU downed UMC 69-44 Dec. 3 in Crookston, Minn. behind 66.7 (10-for-15) percent shooting from beyond the arc. Last season in Bemidji the Beavers downed the Golden Eagles 88-63.

The Dragons
The Dragons are 15-5 overall and 11-5 in NSIC play to sit tied with BSU for third in the conference standings. After losing four straight games Jan. 14-28, MSU Moorhead got back on track last weekend with a couple home victories. MSUM has three players averaging 13 points per game and Alex Novak has 10.8 points and a team-best 8.4 rebounds per game. The Dragons are 3-4 on the road in league play this season. Chad Walthall is in his second season as head coach of MSUM.    

All-Time Series vs the Dragons

The Beavers have played MSU Moorhead more times than any other opponent in their history, trailing the all-time series 81-87. BSU is 1-4 in the last five against the Dragons, including a 77-57 loss in Moorhead Dec. 2 to open the NSIC season. Last season in Bemidji the Beavers fell 60-58 and in the last two meetings at home against MSUM, BSU has lost by a total of four points.