Beavers host U-Mary and Minot State in NSIC tilts
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Beavers host U-Mary and Minot State in NSIC tilts

Setting the Scene
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Bemidji, Minn.
8:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

Opponent: Minot State
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012
Bemidji, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
BSU Gymnasium

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The Game
To close the 2012 calendar year, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (4-3; 2-1 NSIC, 2-1 NSIC North) hosts University of Mary (2-5; 1-2 NSIC, 1-2 North) and Minot State University (1-6; 0-3 NSIC, 0-3 North) in a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests Dec. 14-15. BSU Gymnasium entertains U-Mary Friday at 8 p.m., while the contest against the fellow-Beavers begins at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Beavers
The Beavers split its first NSIC road weekend Dec. 7-8 with a 68-60 loss at No. 14 St. Cloud State University and a 66-55 victory at University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers led for the entire contest at SCSU, until the home team opened a two-point, 58-56 lead with 5:52 remaining in regulation. The nationally-ranked Huskies never relinquished the lead, en route to staying undefeated in 2012-13. BSU bounced back the next day in a battle with the Bulldogs. BSU and UMD sat tied at 29-29 at halftime, but a 12-3 start by the Beavers to the second half guided it to an 11-point victory and a win against their former coach, Matt Bowen. Senior Mason Walters tallied back-to-back double-doubles on the weekend with 17 points and 11 rebounds at SCSU and 14 points and 10 rebounds versus UMD.

Season Shot Clock
• Although a modest start, head coach Mike Boschee’s 4-3 record in his first seven games as BSU’s bench boss is the best start by a Beaver first-year head coach since Jack Vinje opened the 1958-59 season with a matching 4-3 record before rattling off four straight victories.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1. The large offensive output those games has helped guide the Beavers to fourth in the league in scoring with 73.4 points per game.
• The team’s scoring defense is at a respectable 63.4 points per game, which sits fifth in the NSIC.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while last weekend’s games were both decided by 11 points or less.
• The Beavers are 58-for-133 (43.6%) from 3-point land this season and rank first in the NSIC and 10th in the nation in 3-point percentage.
• BSU is second in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (8.3 3-ptpg).
• Leading the 3-ball charge are juniors Jake Schalow and Zach Noreen. Schalow owns the NSIC lead in 3-point percentage (min. 1.0 made per game) with a 66.7 percentage (6-for-9) and Noreen sits third with a 55.6 percent mark from downtown (15-for-27).
• Senior Mason Walters is shooting free throws at a 93.3 percent clip to rank tied for second in the NSIC and 13th in the nation. Senior Lance Rongstad (88.9%) ranks tied for seventh in the league in the category.
• Walters is pulling in 8.0 rebounds per game in conference games to rank tied for third among his league counterparts.
• Junior Michael Farrington has 12 steals in seven games for a 1.71 steals per game average that sits tied for eighth in the league. 

The Marauders: The U-Mary men’s basketball team is coming off a 0-2 home weekend against Northern State University (L, 81-71) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (L, 82-70). The Marauders are 1-4 in their last five games, with the lone win coming in the NSIC opener against Minot State (77-65). Junior Marc Musungayi had a career-game against the Dragons with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Alex Dorr guides the squad with 15.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. Senior Josh Turner adds 14.6 points and 2.6 assists per contest. Jevin Budde is in his second season as head coach at U-Mary.

All-Time Series vs the Marauders: BSU is 4-9 all-time against U-Mary, but won both contests last season, including a 82-61 victory at home, which was followed by a 72-65 win in Bismarck, N.D. Junior Dermaine Crockrell posted a game-high 21 points last season in the Dec. 17 meeting at home, marking just his second game in the green and white.

The Beavers: The Minot State men’s basketball team have lost four straight, which includes an 0-2 NSIC home weekend Dec. 7-8 and a home loss 66-62 home loss to Jamestown College Dec. 11. The Beavers fell 84-53 to MSU Moorhead before they suffered a 77-58 loss versus Northern State. MSU’s lone win came at home versus Northland College by the score of 86-27. Senior Anthony Enriquez’s 9.6 points per game leads the team, while junior Chris East’s 7.7 rebounds per game is the team-best. Matt Murken is in his first season as head coach at Minot State.

All-Time Series vs the Beavers: Bemidji State holds a 7-3 all-time advantage against Minot State in a series that dates back to 1967. Last season BSU hosted the fellow Beavers and defeated the NSIC-newcomers 74-45. Prior to that encounter, BSU has lost two straight to Minot State in games played in 1988 and 1990.

NSIC Preseason Poll: Losing Daktronics Division II Player of the Year James Ellisor, all-region point guard Bryce Tesdahl and head coach Matt Bowen from last season’s record-breaking campaign has left doubt in the minds of the NSIC coaches for this year, as the BSU men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish tied for 12th in the 2012-13 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Bemidji State earned 72 points in the overall poll to tie with Upper Iowa University and earned 25 points in the North Division poll to sit fifth.

BSU’s Player to Watch: Senior Dermaine Crockrell was an impact player the moment he stepped onto the court for BSU and earned 2011-12 NSIC Newcomer of the Year honors for his efforts last season. He averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game and shot 50.3 percent from the field and 44.8 percent from beyond the arc. Crockrell played in his first game Dec. 16 and scored 10 points, but followed that with 21 in his second game in the green and white. Overall he posted four 20-point performances (season-high 27 at Minnesota Duluth Feb. 4) and finished the conference season second on the team and 23rd in the NSIC in scoring with 12.7 points per game.

Against Ranked Opponents: The Beavers got tested right out of the gates in 2011-12 with a contest at then-No. 10 Metro State Nov. 11 in the season opener, as it fell 71-60. BSU also fell to then-No. 17 Winona State Dec. 9 62-49, lost 103-93 in a double overtime thriller at then-No. 21 Augustana College and fell to then-No. 21 St. Cloud State 72-70 Jan. 13 to hold an 0-4 record against ranked opponents until downing then-No. 22 Winona State Feb. 25 at home 94-84.

BSU again battled Metro State early in the season, falling to the then-No. 5 Roadrunners 67-41 Nov. 17. The Beavers traveled to No. 14 St. Cloud State Dec. 7 and led more almost 35 minutes of clock time before losing a lead for good and falling 68-60.

The Beavers are 4-20 in the last seven seasons against ranked opponents. The last time BSU defeated a ranked opponent before Feb. 25, 2012 was at Winona State Dec. 12, 2009 when the Beavers upset the Warriors 88-87 in overtime.

Welcome to the BSU Three Party: The Beavers hit at least five 3-pointers in 28 of the 31 games last season to total 225, an average of 7.3 a game. BSU shot at a 38.8 percent clip from beyond the arc (225-for-580) to rank fourth in the NSIC and 30th in the nation.

Right out of the gates the Beavers posted a double-digit 3-pointer total with 10 against UC-Colorado Springs Nov. 16. BSU went 10-for-18 (55.6%) in the game. The Beavers racked-up 17 against Finlandia Nov. 21 and then scored 12 3-pointers against Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1. BSU is 3-2 when it hits five or more 3-pointers.

BSU is shooting 3-pointers at a 43.6 percent clip to rank first in the league and 10th in the nation and are averaging 8.3 buckets from beyond the arc to sit second in the NSIC.

Century Mark, Plus: The Beavers totaled 122 points in the 122-61 victory at Finlandia University Nov. 21. The BSU point total ranks second in program history in regulation games and third overall in points scored in a game. The record is a 126- 96 victory against Northland Dec. 13, 1991. BSU scored 124 points in a four overtime 126-124 loss at home to University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 25, 2009. The last 100-point game for the Beavers came last season in a 100-77 home win against Concordia University, St. Paul. BSU also established a program record for point margin in the Nov. 21 win with 61. (List of all-time 100-point games can be found on page 11).

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).