Beavers finish January with home contests versus Warriors, Peacocks

Beavers finish January with home contests versus Warriors, Peacocks
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Beavers finish January with home contests versus Warriors, Peacocks

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team closes out a four-game homestand while hosting Winona State at 8 p.m. Friday and Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Beavers (9-9, 6-8 NSIC) will play the Warriors (8-10, 7-7 NSIC) and the Peacocks (11-12, 7-7 NSIC) in the teams’ only meeting of the 2015-16 regular season.

The Series

  • Bemidji State and Winona State meet for the 156th time in the 83-year series history, led by WSU 84-71. The Warriors took the previous two matchups with the Beavers’ most recent victory, 74-72, coming March 2, 2013 against the then-ranked No. 22 Warriors in the NSIC Tournament Quarterfinals.
  • Bemidji State has won the last three meetings versus Upper Iowa, while also holding the series lead, 11-6. The first met Dec. 16, 1949 before a 55-year hiatus when BSU and UIU rekindled the series Dec. 12, 2004. The Beavers and Peacocks have met annually since 2007 when Upper Iowa became a member of the NSIC.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • BSU split its most recent weekend series with a last-second win against Northern State, 90-89, and a loss to No. 7 MSU Moorhead, 81-68, at home.
  • The Wolves pulled away by as many as 13 in the second half, while the Beavers cut that lead to seven with one minute to go. BSU went on a 10-2 run to finish the game, including freshman Calvin Harrington’s game-winning 3-pointer with .5 seconds left on the clock.
  • The Beavers were not able to take a lead the following night against the Dragons. After trailing by as many as 18 points, BSU cut the lead to 11 late in the fourth quarter.
  • Senior DJ Anderson recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a program-record 13 assists against Northern State. He recorded his last assist on the game-winning shot by Harrington.
  • Anderson followed up his performance while nearing triple-double territory. He totaled 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists against the No. 7 Dragons.
  • Bemidji State’s one-point victory over Northern State was the team’s third straight by one point. BSU previously beat St. Cloud State, 70-69, and Minnesota State, 75-74 in overtime. Harrington recorded the winning baskets for BSU over MSU and NSU while junior Will Harvey converted a fast break dunk to beat SCSU.
  • Junior Ben Best leads all active BSU student-athletes in career points with 417. Anderson follows with 403 while the next closest is senior Irvin Womack with 256.
  • The Beavers shot 52.7 percent (59-112) from the field and 36.6 percent (15-41) from behind the arc. BSU held both opponents to 52.6 percent (61-116) from the field and 52.2 percent (24-46) from long-range.
  • Bemidji State is averaging 73.9 points per game, 13th in the NSIC, while allowing 73.2 points, sixth in the league. BSU pulls down 36.4 rebounds and allows 35.9rebounds per game.
  • BSU is shooting 44.1 percent (481-1,090) from the floor while allowing 44.4 percent (462-1,041) from the field and 39.8 percent (127-319) from 3-point land.
  • Best leads the team and ranks 21st in the NSIC with 13.7 points per game. He also leads the team shooting 54.2 percent (97-179) from the field (fifth in the NSIC) while totaling 5.6 rebounds per game (16th in the NSIC) and 1.2 blocks (fifth in the NSIC).
  • Anderson ranks second on the team with 10.9 points per game, while Harvey follows with 9.8. Harvey leads BSU with 5.8 rebounds per game, 15th in the NSIC, and has one double-double on the season.

Scouting Winona State

  • Winona State won its first home game of 2016 in a weekend split to then-No. 2 Augustana and Wayne State Jan. 22-23 and carry an overall 8-10 record and a 7-7 mark in the NSIC going into Friday’s game. WSU is 3-7 on the road during the 2015-16 season.
  • The Warriors first fell to the Vikings, 75-62, while Kyle Bauman scored a game-high and career-high 25 points on 12-of-17 shooting. As a team, Winona State shot 50 percent from the field.
  • WSU beat the Wildcats, 84-63, for its first home win since Dec. 19. Mark Blacklock scored a season-high 18 points to lead all scorers in the win. The Warriors shot 57 percent from the floor.
  • Winona State averages 70.9 points per game while allowing 70.8. The Warriors shoot 46.3 percent (469-1,014) from the field and 36.7 percent (131-357) from 3-point land, while allowing 42.1 percent (417-991) from the field and 35.4 percent (146-413) from long range.

Scouting Upper Iowa

  • Upper Iowa enters the weekend with an 11-12 record overall and a 7-7 mark in the NSIC, coming off a split at home to Wayne State and then-No. 2 Augustana.
  • The Peacocks first took down the Wildcats in overtime, 95-89. Jernell Hughes set a career high with 25 points against Wayne State. The Peacocks are now 5-0 against former head coach and current Wildcats head coach Brian Dolan.
  • Upper Iowa finished the weekend with a loss to Augie, 96-87. UIU trailed by just two points to nationally-ranked Augie with two minutes to go before a 7-0 run sealed the final score for the Vikings. Hughes re-set his career high in scoring while putting up 32 points against the Vikings.
  • Upper Iowa averages 81 points per game while allowing 82.6. The Peacocks are shooting 44.4 percent (646-1,456) from the field and 35.3 percent (205-581) from behind the arc, while allowing 46.3 percent (670-1,446) from the floor and 38.1 percent (187-491) on 3-pointers.

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).