Beavers battle No. 5 Mavericks and Golden Bears Feb. 8-9
Friday, February 8, 2013
Beavers battle No. 5 Mavericks and Golden Bears Feb. 8-9

Setting the Scene
Minnesota State
Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
Mankato, Minn.
8:00 p.m.
Taylor Center

Concordia-St. Paul
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013
St. Paul, Minn.
6:00 p.m.
Gangelhoff Center

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The Game
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (11-9; 9-7 NSIC, 6-4 NSIC North) begins a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference four-game road trip Feb. 8-9, as it travels south to No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato (18-2; 14-2 NSIC, 8-2 NSIC South) and Concordia University, St. Paul (5-15; 3-15 NSIC, 1-9 NSIC South). Friday’s contest is set for an 8 p.m. start, while the Saturday game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

The Beavers
The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team went 2-0 in an NSIC home weekend Feb. 1-2. The wins improved the Beavers record to 11-9 overall and 9-7 in NSIC play to sit tied for third in the NSIC North standings. BSU defeated Southwest Minnesota State University 72-57 Friday before finding a 72-69 win against University of Sioux Falls Saturday. The Beavers closed the four-game homestand with a 3-1 record and now hit the road for a four-game stretch. Senior Lance Rongstad averaged 19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game on the weekend and has led or tied for the team lead in points the last eight games. The back-to-back wins marked the first of its kind of BSU since Dec. 14-15.

Season Shot Clock
• The Beavers are 4-20 in the last seven seasons (0-2 in 2012-13) against nationally ranked opponents (top 25). The last time BSU defeated a ranked opponent was Feb. 25, 2012 against then-No. 22 Winona State at home 94-84.
• 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.
• Senior Lance Rongstad went over 1,000 career points at Winona State Jan. 18. He has led or tied for the team lead in scoring the last eight games with 21, 26, 24, 16, 17, 13, 18 and 20 points, respectfully.
• BSU scored 212 points (106.0 ppg) and allowed 119 (59.2 ppg) points in back-to-back games Nov. 21-Dec. 1.
• Bemidji State is 8-0 in 2012-13 when scoring 70 or more points.
• The Beavers have allowed 64.6 points per game, which sits fourth in the NSIC and 52nd nationally in all games, while the 64.3 points allowed per league contest is third.
• The first five games of the season were decided by 25 or more points, while 10 of the last 14 games have been decided by 11 points or less. BSU is 5-5 in those games decided by 11 or less - 3-4 in games decided by five points or less.
• BSU is third in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.85 3-ptpg), a mark that ranks 54th nationally.
• With a 8.35 steals per game average, the Beavers rank second in the conference and 63rd in the nation.
• Senior Mason Walters is pulling in 7.8 rebounds per game in conference contests to rank tied for fourth among his league counterparts (2.63 offensive rebounds ranks fourth). His 7.2 rebounds per game in all contests is tied for fifth.
• The senior owns seven double-doubles this season to rank tied for first in the NSIC for most double-doubles. His mark also ranks 27th nationally.

The Mavericks: The Mavericks are ranked fifth in the nation and have won 12 of their last 13 games. The teams lone loss in that stretch is an overtime loss to Augustana on a buzzer beater. MSU owns a 7-2 mark at home. The Mavericks have three players scoring in double-figures, led by Jarvis Williams’ 15.0 points per game. Assem Marel has 13.4 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game, while Zach Monaghan owns 12.5 points and a league-best 5.6 assists per game. The Mavericks head coach Matt Margenthaler is in his 12th season.   

All-Time Series vs the Mavericks: BSU defeated MSU twice a season ago with a 75-67 win at home and a 78-64 victory on the road. The wins snapped a 23-game losing streak to the Mavericks that dated back to 1969 and improved the all-time record to 33-63.

The Golden Bears: The Golden Bears started the conference season 0-10, but since have posted a 3-3 record, which includes a weekend split on the road Feb. 1-2. CU lost to Minot State Unviersity 91-75 before defeating University of Mary 89-78. Terez VanPelt leads the team in scoring with 19.0 points per game that stands fourth in the NSIC. Cole Olstad owns 15.2 points and a team-high 5.1 rebounds per game. Kelly Boe is in his seventh season at Concordia-St. Paul.    

All-Time Series vs the Golden Bears: The Beavers are 13-11 all-time against CU, which includes a 100-77 victory at home a season ago. The win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Golden Bears.

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 1-3 against team’s earning votes in the national poll - losses to Michigan Tech (L, 86-59), MSU Moohread (L, 82-48) and Winona State (70-67) 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, knocked down 14 versus Minot State Dec. 15 and hit 12 against MSU Moorhead Jan. 25. BSU is 9-7 when it hits five or more 3-pointers. BSU is third in the league in 3-point field goals made per game (7.85 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 all but one win this season, the most points the Beavers have allowed is 69. Overall, the team’s scoring defense stands at 64.6 points per game, which sits fourth in the NSIC and 52nd nationally, while the 64.3 points allowed per league contest is third. 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.

A Grand Accomplishment: Senior Lance Rongstad became the 16th player in Bemidji State men’s basketball program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau in a career Jan. 18 at Winona State University on a 3-pointer early in the second half. He now has 1,090 career points (11.5 ppg) in his three plus seasons as a Beaver to rank 16th on the career points list. He is 22 points shy of 15th, trailing Teaser Sweeney (1989-93).

Rongstad is also chasing BSU’s career rebounding and assist lists. With 25 career rebounds he is 30 boards shy of tying for 10th and with 147 assists, is 43 helpers short of tying for 10th. 

Senior Mason Walters has 900 career points and is 100 points shy of the 1,000-point mark. With six regular season games and at least one postseason contest guaranteed, Walters needs to average 14.3 points per game in the seven games to reach the plateau. He also has racked up 417 career rebounds to sit 38 shy of tying for 10th all-time.

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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).