Setting the Scene
Opponent: Minnesota, Crookston
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013
Location: Crookston, Minn.
Tip-off: 8:00 p.m.
Gymnasium: Lysaker Gymnasium
Local Radio: 92.1 The River
Play-by-play: Mark Ricci
Internet Audio: www.beaverradionetwork.com
Local Television: none
Web cast: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bsu.portal#
Live Stats: https://netfiles.umn.edu/users/smithsd/livestats/xlive.htm
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (7-6; 5-4 NSIC, 4-3 NSIC North) begins a three-game road trip, as it travels to University of Minnesota, Crookston (3-10; 0-9 NSIC, 0-7 NSIC North) for a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.
The Beavers went 1-1 in an NSIC home weekend Jan. 11-12. The Beavers defeated Augustana College 69-67 Friday before being on the wrong end of a two-point decision Saturday, as they fell to Wayne State College 64-62. The split weekend moved BSU to 7-6 overall and 5-4 in NSIC play. The Beavers posted a complete team effort in the defeat of the Vikings – who were receiving votes in the national poll. Nine different players saw 10 or more minutes and all those players scored. The next night the Beavers suffered the setback to the Wildcats due to a lack a production down the stretch. BSU held an 11-point lead at 47-36 with 15:09 showing on the clock, but would only muster 15 points the rest of the way. Senior Mason Walters posted a double-double in each contest with 14 points and 10 rebounds Friday, followed by 16 points and 10 rebounds the next night. He has five double-doubles this season to rank second in the NSIC.
Season Shot Clock
• Head coach Mike Boschee started with a 6-3 record in his first nine games as BSU’s bench boss, which was the best start by a Beaver first-year head coach since Jack Vinje opened the 1958-59 season with a matching 6-3 record. Vinje went 8-5 in his first 13 contests.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1.
• The Beavers have allowed 63.4 points per game, which sits fifth in the NSIC and 39th nationally in all games, while the 62.3 points allowed per league contest is first.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while six of the last eight games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 3-3 in those games contests decided by 11 or less.
• On the defensive end in league games, BSU is third in the NSIC in 3-point field goal percentage defense, allowing its opponent to shoot 31.0 percent from downtown.
• BSU is fourth in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.62 3-ptpg).
• With a 8.62 steals per game average, the Beavers rank third in the conference.
• Senior Mason Walters is shooting free throws at a 90.9 percent clip to rank fourth in the NSIC and 10th in the nation.
• Walters is guiding a team that owns a 74.2 percent free throw percentage that stands seventh in the league and 38th nationally.
• Walters is pulling in 7.4 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank sixth among his league counterparts.
• The senior owns five double-doubles this season to rank second in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 33rd nationally.
• Junior Michael Farrington leads the team and sits tied for seventh in the NSIC in steals per game with 1.54 per contest.
• Senior Dermaine Crockrell ranks eighth in the league in assist/turnover ratio with a 1.26 mark.
The Golden Eagles: After a 3-0 start, the Golden Eagles have lost 10 straight and own a 3-10 overall record with a 0-9 NSIC mark. UMC is averaging 58.5 points per game to rank last in the league, while on the defensive end the Golden Eagles are allowing 66.2 points per game to sit 11th. Last weekend, UMC lost 66-41 to Wayne State and 70-64 to Augustana at home. Minnesota, Crookston is guided by Brandon Burns’ 12.2 points per game. Jeff Oseth is in his 11th season as head coach of the Golden Eagles.
All-Time Series vs the Golden Eagles: BSU is 40-13 all-time against Minnesota, Crookston and has won the last nine meetings, including a 90-58 victory earlier this season at home.
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 this 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. BSU is also 1-2 against team’s earning votes in the national poll - losses to Michigan Tech (L, 86-59) and MSU Moohread (L, 82-48) and win against Augustana (W, 69-67).
The Beavers are 4-20 in the last seven seasons against nationally 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. BSU scored 12 3-pointers against Minnesota, Crookston Dec. 1 and knocked down 14 versus Minot State Dec. 15. BSU is 5-4 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is fourth in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.62 3-ptpg).
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).
DEFENSE! [clap, clap] DEFENSE!: In a win, the most points the Beavers have allowed is 67. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 63.4 points per game, which sits fifth in the NSIC and ## nationally, while the 62.3 points allowed per league contest is first. The 40 points given up in the 61-40 victory Dec. 14 against University of Mary, marked the lowest output by a BSU opponent since the 1951-52 season and the lowest by a conference opponent since 1950-51.
1,000 Points Watch: Senior Lance Rongstad has accumulated 956 career points (10.9 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver. He is 44 points shy of becoming the 16th player at Bemidji State to reach the career 1,000-point mark. Last season, James Ellisor became the 15th player to reach the milestone and finished 13th all-time with 1,129 points in two seasons in the green and white.
Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 384 career rebounds he is 71 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 129 assists, is 61 helpers short of tying for 10th.
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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).