BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State men’s basketball team (17-5, 14-4 NSIC) wraps a four-game homestand and the regular season portion of the home schedule Feb. 14-15 when No. 18 Minnesota State University, Mankato (21-4, 15-3 NSIC) and Concordia University, St. Paul (7-15, 4-14 NSIC) visit BSU Gymnasium for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. Friday’s game is scheduled for 8 p.m., while Saturday’s game is set for a 6 p.m. tip.
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The Beavers swept Minot State (83-60) and U-Mary (90-77) Feb. 7-8 to improve to 17-5 overall and 14-4 in NSIC play, which leads the NSIC North. On the weekend, Bemidji State shot 55.7 percent from the field and went 23-for-51 (45.1%) from long range. The Beavers lead the NSIC in field goal percentage (52.1%), 3-point percentage (42.3%) and free throw percentage (76.8%). Junior Brock Lutes totaled 73 points and shot 64.3 percent from the field to earn NSIC Player of the Week honors (second time in 2013-14). Lutes leads the NSIC with 20.5 points per game, while senior Maxie Rosenbloom is the leader in rebounding (9.5 rpg) and field goal percentage (63.6%). Saturday is senior day for Michael Farrington, Zach Noreen, Rosenboom, Jake Schalow and Brock Tesdahl.
Fast Break - Team Notes
• The Beavers have reached 17 wins for the 16th time in program history and the third consecutive season. If BSU gets to 18 wins, it will mark the sixth time overall, plus the first time in program history the Beavers have won 18 games in three consecutive seasons. Only four previous teams have reached 19 wins, with the wins record sitting at 22, held by the 2011-12 team.
• The four-year seniors own 68 career wins, three shy of tying the most wins (71) in a four-year span in program history (2001-2005).
• BSU’s 52.1 shooting percentage sits sixth in the nation, while its 42.3 percentage from beyond the arc is seventh in the nation and the 76.8 percentage from the charity stripe ranks 17th.
• 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 7.8 steals per game is third.
• With three 100-plus point games, the Beavers rank third in the NSIC in scoring with 83.2 points per game. The teams scoring defense ranks fourth, allowing 70.9 points per game. BSU’s +12.4 scoring margin is second in the NSIC and 20th nationally.
• The Beavers have recorded seven games with 20 or more assists and are second in the NSIC (42nd nationally) in the category with 15.8 assists per game.
In the Paint - Player Notes
• Junior Brock Lutes recorded 43 points against U-Mary Feb. 8 to fall just one point shy of tying the BSU program record. The mark is tops in the NSIC this season and ranks tied for fifth nationally. He went 17-for-24 from the field and 8-for-11 from beyond the arc. The 17 field goals made tied the program record and ranks tied for second in the nation this year, while the eight 3-pointers was one shy of a program record and ranks tied for 16th nationally in 2013-14.
• Lutes has recorded 30 or more points five times this season to sit as the only player in the NSIC to score 30-plus points even three times. Lutes’ 12 games with 20-plus points and ranks first in the NSIC, while senior Zach Noreen owns 10 games in the 20’s to sit third.
• Lutes ranks 35th nationally in scoring (20.5 ppg). Noreen sits fifth in the NSIC with 17.4 points per game.
• Lutes’ 166 field goals made sits 15th om the nation. He has attempted 326 field goals to rank 24th in the nation. Noreen’s 151 field goals made ranks 30th in the nation.
• Senior Jake Schalow owns a 94.4 percentage from the free throw line to rank first 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 fifth 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 25th nationally, his 210 total rebounds is 16th in the nation.
• Rosenbloom owns nine double-doubles this season to lead the league and rank 21st in NCAA Division II. He has 11 games with 10 or more rebounds to lead the NSIC.
• Senior Michael Farrington ranks second in the NSIC and ranks 48th in the nation in steals per game with a 2.1 mark. His 45 total steals is 29th nationally.
The No. 18 Mavericks (21-4, 15-3 NSIC) have won five straight and capped a four-game homestand Feb. 7-8 with victories against SMSU (77-68) and USF (109-64). Minnesota State has five players scoring in double figures to guide the team to an NSIC-best, 86.8 points per game. Assem Marei leads the team in points (16.3 ppg) and rebounds (7.9 rpg), while Zach Monaghan is second nationally in assists (8.1 apg) and owns 15.4 points per game.
BSU is 34-64 all-time against MSU, but are 3-2 in the last five meetings. Last season the Beavers downed then-No. 5 Minnesota State in Mankato, Minn. 82-74, but the then-No. 7 Mavericks ended the Beavers’ season in the NSIC Tournament Championship Game, winning 73-68. In the last home game versus MSU (Jan. 20, 2012), the Beavers won 75-67.
The Golden Bears
The Golden Bears are 7-15 overall and 4-14 in NSIC play, but are 3-3 in their last six games. Last weekend CU suffered a 97-84 setback to Sioux Falls before falling 68-52 to Southwest Minnesota State. Concordia-St. Paul has four players scoring in double-figures, guided by Terez VanPelt’s 18.4 points per game, which ranks third in the NSIC. The Golden Bears are 1-6 on the road this season, getting outscored 77.6-69.9.
Bemidji State is 13-12 all-time against CU, but have lost five of the last six meetings. Last season, CU converted on a shot with four seconds left to sink BSU in St. Paul, Minn., 85-84. The Beavers’ last victory against the Golden Bears came at home, Jan. 14, 2012, by the score of 100-77.
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.
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 - Brock Lutes x2
Brock Lutes was named NSIC Player of the Week Feb. 10 after totaling 73 points, shooting 64.3 percent from the field, 61.1 percent from 3-point range and 8-for-10 (80%) from the free throw line. He recorded 43 points Feb. 7, one shy of tying the program record.
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 21-4 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 11-2 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).