Bemidji State seeks revenge in Highway 2 rivalry versus Minn. Crookston

Bemidji State seeks revenge in Highway 2 rivalry versus Minn. Crookston
Monday, January 9, 2017
Bemidji State seeks revenge in Highway 2 rivalry versus Minn. Crookston
Photo Credit: Kayla Smith

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Head Coach Mike Boschee and the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Crookston at 8 p.m. from the Sanford Center. The Beavers (4-10, 2-7 NSIC) are looking to split the season series against the Golden Eagles (6-9, 2-7 NSIC) after a loss Dec. 15 in Crookston.

The Series vs. Minnesota Crookston

  • The Beavers and Golden Eagles play for the 53rd time in the series history, led by BSU, 47-15. BSU and UMC first played Jan. 13, 1922, a 21-15 victory for the Golden Eagles.
  • Minnesota Crookston beat Bemidji State in the first meeting of the season with a final-second free throw, 82-81, at Lysaker Gymnasium. Senior forward Ben Best and freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green each scored 22 points and shot over 50.0 percent from the field.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State split its previous weekend of NSIC play against St. Cloud State, a 101-86 loss, and Minnesota Duluth, an 86-78 win, during the first two games of the Sanford Center Series. The Beavers took a season sweep from the Bulldogs while the Huskies earned a sweep over the Beavers.
  • The Beavers scored at least 50 points in the second half for the second consecutive game but also allowed 50 to the Huskies.
  • Best came three points shy of his career high in the weekend opener against the Huskies, finishing with 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field. Green extended his team-high scoring average with 19 points to follow Best. Senior forward Will Harvey and freshman forward Lucas Wendt each scored 12 points, Wendt’s points all coming in the second half.
  • The Beavers attempted a season-high 39 free throws and tied a season-high 25 free throw conversions. Bemidji State earned a sweep over Minnesota Duluth for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
  • Green extended his team-high 17.4 points per game average with 22 points against the Bulldogs. Junior guard Sharif Black and Wendt also reached at least 20 points while Wendt set career highs with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench.
  • Green leads BSU and ranks ninth in the NSIC in scoring per game. He is also one of the best shooters in the league, converting from 49.7 percent of shots from the field to rank 9th in the NSIC.

Scouting Minnesota Crookston

  • Minnesota Crookston enters the midweek game after splitting against St. Cloud State, an 82-58 loss, and Minnesota Duluth, a 92-89 win, at Lyskaer Gymnasium in Crookston. UMC currently sits one spot ahead of BSU in the NSIC North division with two wins in league play.
  • The Golden Eagles fell behind at halftime, 40-24, and could only pull within 10 points the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs finished the game on a 31-17 run to give the Golden Eagles’ their seventh loss in conference action. Harrison Cleary, finishing the weekend second in the NSIC with 20.4 points per game, led UMD with 13 points and seven rebounds on 6-of-15 shooting from the floor.
  • Cleary followed to lead UMC with 26 points against the Huskies for the team’s first win since Dec. 17 against Oak Hills Christian College. A late technical foul sent Cleary to the free throw line to ice the game. UMC outscored SCSU off the bench, 24-7.

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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).