Men's basketball hosts Crown College in regular season opener
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Men's basketball hosts Crown College in regular season opener

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team is set open its regular season with seven straight at home, starting with Crown College Friday, Nov. 14. Tip off is set for 7 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.

The Beavers are coming off an exhibition loss last weekend to University of Northern Iowa, 64-45. Senior Brock Lutes led the Beavers with a team-high 11 points going 3-for-8 from the field and 3-for-6 from three-point range. Lutes also went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and charted three rebounds and one assists in the game.

Ben Best was second on the team with nine points going 4-for-5 from the field and one-for-one from three-point range. Best recorded four rebounds and one assist in his 19 minutes of play. BSU shot 45 percent from the field in the second half and outshot Northern Iowa from three-point range in the game going 8-for-22.

During the 2013-14 season, the Beavers compiled an 18-9 overall record and a 15-7 record in the ever-grueling NSIC to earn a NSIC North Divisional Championship and tied for third overall.

Lutes was selected as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) men’s basketball North Division Preseason Player of the Year. He is coming off a junior season in which he was named Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team, the NSIC Newcomer of the Year and All-NSIC First Team. He was the seventh player in BSU history to secure the league’s scoring title as he averaged 22.2 points per game in conference play and was honored as the NSIC Player of the Week on three occasions. Last season, Lutes totaled 574 points (21.3 ppg) as he ranked seventh on BSU’s single-season scoring chart. He shot 50.1 percent from the field on 207-of-413 shooting and his 21.3 points per game finished 27th in NCAA Division II.

Crown College is coming off a 12-15 overall record, while going 8-6 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) during the 2013-14 season. The Storm were led by Bryce Williams with 550 points to average 20.4 a game. He also charted 136 rebounds, 97 assists, 32 steals and 11 blocked shots. As a team last season, the Storm shot 74 percent from the charity line and 41 percent from the field. Crown broke into the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference playoffs in 2013-14, for the program’s first tournament appearance and the college’s first championship game in the NCAA era.

This will mark the first ever meeting between the teams.