Bemidji State heads to Winona State and Upper Iowa, Jan. 30-31
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Bemidji State heads to Winona State and Upper Iowa, Jan. 30-31

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University men's basketball goes on the road Jan. 30-31 to take on Winona State University and Upper Iowa University to end a four-game road-stint. Tip offs set for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. 

The Series

  • Winona State owns an 83-71 edge over the Beavers in the all-time series that dates back to Jan. 7, 1933. In the last five meetings, BSU is 2-3 with its last win on March 2, 2013 at then-No. 22 Winona State by a score of 74-72.
  • The Beavers hold strong with a 10-6 all-time record over Upper Iowa, dating back to Dec. 16, 1949. Bemidji State is currently on a two-game win streak in the series, taking its last win at home Jan. 4, 2014, 102-89.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • The Beavers (7-11, 3-11 NSIC) hit the road last weekend to take on Northern State University and then-No. 8 Minnesota State University Moorhead. BSU continued its slide as they fell to the Wolves 81-62 and to the Dragons 89-69.
  • Senior Brock Lutes was the pacer for the Beavers’ offense on the weekend averaging 18.5 points a game, including his weekend-best 21 points against MSU Moorhead. Lutes also charted 16 points against Northern State.
  • Lutes now ranks seventh in the league for scoring with a 16.5 average per contest and leads the Beavers’ offense on the season.
  • Freshman Christian Pekarek charted a new career-high eight points in his first collegiate start against Northern State. The game was his third of the season for the Beavers.
  • Pekarek went a perfect 3-of-3 from the arc against the Dragons Saturday, which was his best of the season.
  • Bemidji State recorded their second-best free throw percentage of the season as they went 12-for-14 for an 85.7 percent rating against MSU Moorhead.
  • BSU earned its season best percentage from the three-point line, shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) against Northern State.
  • The Beavers are currently shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
  • BSU ranks fourth amongst the league in steals with 6.9 steals per game and leading the squad is DJ Anderson with 21 (1.2 SPG).
  • In the NSIC, the Beavers also rank seventh in field goal percentage (.471), seventh in blocks (2.7), ninth in assists (13.1) and tied with Winona State for ninth in scoring (73.8 PPG).

Scouting Winona State

  • The Warriors enter the weekend holding a 9-9 overall record and a 6-8 mark in conference action.
  • Last weekend in NSIC play, WSU dropped two games on the road as it fell to then-No. 6 Augustana College 97-68 and Wayne State College 81-79.
  • Sophomore Riley Bambenek leads Winona State with a 14.7 scoring average, while teammate Isaiah Gray follows with a 13.0 average. Bambenek is ranked 12th in scoring amongs the NSIC and Gray is tied for 20th. 
  • Bambenek is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the arc. He is also second on the squad from the foul line with a 78.9 percent rating (45-for-57).
  • As a team, the Warriors are shooting 45.5 percent from the floor including a 36.6 rating from three-range.
  • Amongst the NSIC, the Warriors are ranked in the top-10 of a few categories, including second in blocked shots (3.9), third in field goal percentage (.427), fifth in steals (6.7), fifth in free throw percentage (.722), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) and tied for ninth with the Beavers in scoring (73.8 PPG).

Scouting Upper Iowa

  • Upper Iowa comes into the weekend with a 12-8 overall record and an 8-6 NSIC record.
  • The Peacocks split this last weekend on the road as they defeated Wayne State 76-64 but fell to then-No. 6 Augustana 92-81.
  • Bo Pagel leads the Peacocks’ offense scoring 13.4 points per contest, while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 27.1 percent from the arc. Pagel is also a stellar 81.8 percent from the foul line to rank seventh in the NSIC.
  • Jordan Hay is another standout for Upper Iowa as he leads the team in rebounds (5.5), steals (1.4) and in blocks (0.7). He also ranks amongst the leagues-best in those categories. Hay is third on the squad in scoring with an 11.2 average.
  • As a team the Peacocks are shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from beyond the arc. UIU’s three-point shooting puts them eighth in the league.
  • Upper Iowa’s offense is ranked first in the league for steals (8.5), first in turnover margin (+4.35), second in scoring (84.2 PPG), fourth in assists (15.0), and fourth in assist/turnover ratio (1.3).