BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (15-5, 12-4 NSIC) begins a four-game homestand Feb. 7-8 when Minot State University (7-13, 3-13 NSIC) and University of Mary (5-16, 3-13 NSIC) visit BSU Gymnasium for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. Friday’s game with the fellow Beavers is scheduled for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s game with the Marauders is set for a 6 p.m. tip.
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The Beavers (15-5, 12-4 NSIC) recorded their eighth straight victory Jan. 31 with a 91-82 win at Southwest Minnesota State, but the run ended Feb. 1 with a loss at Sioux Falls, 87-78. Bemidji State went 8-1 in January and is 9-2 in its last 11 games. The winning streak was the longest since 1973-74. During the eight-game win streak, the Beavers shot 57.4 percent from the field and hit on 44.6 percent of its 3-point attempts and continue to lead the NSIC in field goal percentage (51.8%), 3-point percentage (41.9%) and free throw percentage (77%). Junior Brock Lutes’ 19.0 points per game leads the NSIC, while senior Maxie Rosenbloom is the league leader in rebounds (9.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (64.1%) and senior Jake Schalow is first in 3-point percentage (57.3%).
• BSU’s 51.8 shooting percentage sits seventh in the nation, while its 41.9 percentage from beyond the arc is ninth in the nation and the 77.0 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 14th.
• The Beavers shot 71.2 percent from the field Jan. 10 at Augustana to establish a program record and post a mark that stands first in NCAA Division II this season. The squad shot 68.5 percent Dec. 20 versus Minnesota Crookston to break the previous school record. The shooting effort is fifth in the nation this season.
• BSU has twice recorded 16 steals in a game this season, which is an NSIC season-high. The team’s 8.1 steals per game is third in the league and ranks 47th nationally.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank fourth in the NSIC in scoring with 82.9 points per game. The teams scoring defense also ranks fourth, allowing 71.1 points per game. BSU’s +11.8 scoring margin is fourth in the NSIC and 27th nationally.
• The Beavers have recorded seven games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (43rd nationally) in the category with 15.7 assists per game.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 94.3 percentage from the free throw line to rank second nationally (min. 2.5 made per game).
• Schalow’s 7-of-8 (87.5%) performance from 3-point land versus Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 ranks tied for third nationally for 3-point percentage (min. 7 made) in a game.
• Senior Maxie Rosenbloom recorded a career-high 21 points and a BSU program record 24 rebounds Dec. 6 versus St. Cloud State to post the first 20-point, 20-rebound performance in program history. The rebound total ties as the third best single-game performance in NCAA Division II this season.
• Rosenbloom’s 9.5 rebounds per game is first in the league and 30th nationally.
• Rosenbloom owns eight double-doubles this season to lead the league and rank 22nd in NCAA Division II.
• Senior Michael Farrington ranks second in the NSIC and ranks 47th in the nation in steals per game with a 2.1 mark. His 38 total steals is 38th nationally.
• Junior Brock Lutes has recorded 30 points three times this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points three times. Lutes’ 10 games with 20-plus points and ranks tied for first in the NSIC, while senior Zach Noreen has recorded three consecutive games with 20 points and also owns 10 games in the 20’s to be tied for first. • Lutes leads the league in scoring with 19.0 points per game, while Noreen sits fourth with 17.9 points per game.
• Noreen’s 141 field goals made ranks 27th in the nation, while Lutes’ 139 field goals made sits 32nd. Lutes has attempted 284 field goals to rank 37th in the nation.
Minot State (7-13, 3-13 NSIC) is 1-9 in its last 10 games and have lost three straight, which includes losses on the road to Concordia-St. Paul (66-65) and then-No. 22 Minnesota State (106-95) last weekend. MISU is 1-6 on the road this season. Six different players have led the team in scoring through 20 games this season, while E.J. Williams’ 15.4 points per game leads the team. Chris East owns 9.0 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game.
Bemidji State went on the road earlier this season and defeated Minot State 84-68. BSU is 4-1 in the last five against the fellow Beavers, 9-5 all-time. Last season at home, BSU 73-63.
U-Mary (5-16, 3-13 NSIC) is 3-3 in the last six games, but fell last weekend on the road at then-No. 22 Minnesota State (88-67) and Concordia-St. Paul (66-60). The Marauders are 0-7 on the road in NSIC games this season. Marc Musungayi has led the team in scoring in three of the last four games and is the team’s season leader with 13.0 points per game. Jalen Jaspers owns 10.3 points per game and is shooting 55.3 percent from the field.
The Beavers recorded their fifth straight win against U-Mary Jan. 24 with a 68-59 road victory to improve to 7-9 all-time against the Marauders. Last season at home, BSU won 61-40.
The Eight-Game Win Streak
The Beavers posted an eight-game win streak Jan. 4-31. The run tied a group of six teams to have posted an eight-game win streak, with the last coming Nov. 30-Dec. 30, 1973. The program record for consecutive wins is 14, established by the 1966-67 and 1951-52 teams.
In the eight-game winning streak, the Beavers averaged 84.1 points per game and allowed 71.4 points per game. BSU shot 57.4 percent from the field, 44.6 percent from beyond the arc and 80.4 percent from the free throw line, while it posted 16.3 assists per contest. Four players scored in double-figures, led by Brock Lutes’ 23.9 points per game. Zach Noreen totaled 18.8 points per game and shot 65.2 percent. Jake Schalow was 20-for-36 (55.6%) from long range with 15.0 points per game and Maxie Rosenbloom posted 13.4 points and 10.3 rebounds per game and shot 68.3 percent from the field.
Senior Maxie Rosenbloom totaled a Bemidji State program record 24 rebounds in a home victory against St. Cloud State Dec. 6. The school’s previous record was 20 set by Stacy Pearson-Taylor March 1, 2006 versus Minnesota State University Moorhead. The rebound total sits tied for third in NCAA Division II this season.
In NSIC games since 1998-99, only five players have recorded 20 or more rebounds in a game, while just two players have totaled more than 20 points and 20 rebounds in a contest (both did so in at least one overtime). In that same time span, no one has recorded more than 22 rebounds in either league or nonconference play. The NSIC record for rebounds is 32, set in 1975.
Rosenbloom has 10 games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC. He owns eight double-doubles to sit first in the league and 22nd in the nation.
NSIC Player of the Week - Maxie Rosenbloom
After averaging 18.0 points and pulling down 17.5 rebounds per game in a 2-0 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home weekend Dec. 6-7, senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom was honored as NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week Dec. 9.
NSIC Player of the Week – Jake Schalow
Senior Jake Schalow recorded a career-high 30 points on an efficient 10-of-13 (76.9%) shooting from the field, a 7-of-8 (87.5%) effort from 3-point land and a perfect 3-for-3 performance from the free throw line in the 103-61 home victory against University of Minnesota Crookston Dec. 20 to earn NSIC Player of the Week Dec. 23.
NSIC Player of the Week - Brock Lutes
Brock Lutes was honored as NSIC Player of the Week Jan. 13 after the junior averaged 29.5 points per game and shot 65.5 percent from the field to guide BSU to an NSIC road weekend sweep Jan. 10-11. Lutes went 19-of-29 from the field, 8-for-16 (50%) from the 3-point range and 13-of-14 (92.9%) from the charity stripe
NSIC Player of the Week - Bemidji State
Brock Lutes (Jan. 13), Jake Schalow (Dec. 23) and Maxie Rosenbloom (Dec. 9) have all been honored as NSIC Player of the Week award recipients in 2013-14. The last time three different Beavers earned the recognition in the same season was 2004-05. The accomplishment has happened four times since 2002-03.
Home Sweet Home
The Beavers are 19-4 at the BSU Gymnasium under second-year head coach Mike Boschee. BSU is 3-1 versus teams ranked or receiving votes nationally and have won a postseason game at home. Bemidji State is 9-2 in 2013-14.
NSIC Preseason Poll/BSU’s Player to Watch
Coming off an 18-12 overall record and a 13-9 league mark a season ago, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team was tabbed to finish 12th in the 2013-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Beavers were pegged to finish sixth in the NSIC North Division, while senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) was deemed BSU’s Player to Watch.
Against Ranked Opponents
In the first season under Mike Boschee, the Beavers went 3-3 versus nationally ranked opponents. The Beavers are 10-25 in the last eight seasons versus nationally ranked opponents.
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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).