Beaver Basketball travels to face NSIC South opponents WSC and Augie

Beaver Basketball travels to face NSIC South opponents WSC and Augie
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Beaver Basketball travels to face NSIC South opponents WSC and Augie

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is set to battle against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division opponents Wayne State College Feb. 3 and Augustana University Feb. 4. The Beavers (8-13, 6-10 NSIC) tip-off at 8 p.m. Friday against the Wildcats (7-15, 5-11 NSIC) and at 6 p.m. Saturday against the Vikings (15-7, 10-6 NSIC).

The Series vs. Wayne State

  • Wayne State leads the all-time series versus Bemidji State, 27-21, which began Dec. 30, 1973. The Beavers took the first meeting in the series, 71-58, in Wayne, Neb. BSU has won four of the last five and seven of the last nine games in the series, including a 79-69 win in Bemidji last season.
  • Senior forward Ben Best scored a career-high 28 points with 12 rebounds Dec. 12, 2015 against WSC for his third and final double-double of the 2015-16 season. It was Best’s last double-double since scoring 19 points and pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds Jan. 27 versus Concordia University-St. Paul.

The Series vs. Augustana

  • With a history that dates back to 1966, Bemidji State and Augustana have met only 17 times. The Vikings lead the all-time series, 11-6, and have won nine of the last 11 and the last three meetings, including a 91-61 victory in Bemidji last season.
  • The Beavers shot just 34.9 percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 45-32, during the last meeting Dec. 11, 2015. Junior guard Christian Pekarek led all starters with six points and four rebounds.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State split a home weekend to Concordia-St. Paul, taking a 78-62 win, and to Minnesota State University, Mankato, falling 86-73, to move to 5-3 in its last eight games.
  • The Beavers outrebounded the Golden Bears 23-12 in the second half and 44-33 overall. After leading 30-29 at halftime, BSU outscored CSP 48-33 in the second half while shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc in the final period. Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green helped propel the Beavers in the second half with 21 points and four 3-pointers during the final period.
  • Best recorded his fourth career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 13 rebounds against CSP. Green tied a career-high and led BSU with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. He also pulled down seven rebounds, dished out three assists, recorded two steals and sent back one block.
  • Bemidji State finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the field compared to 39.0 percent for Concordia-St. Paul. BSU also sank 9-of-22 3-pointers to finish at 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Beavers spread the ball around with 17 assists on 24 total field goals and recorded nine steals on 15 Golden Bears turnovers. BSU turned the turnovers in 17 points while CSP scored 10 points off 12 BSU turnovers.
  • Minnesota State made a second-half comeback on Bemidji State to close the weekend, after BSU opened with one of its best halves of play this season. The Beavers took a game-high 18-point lead in the first half and shot 57.1 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes. The Mavericks ended the first half on an 11-4 run, opened the second half on a 12-1 run and closed the game with a 24-4 stretch.
  • Green led BSU in scoring for the 11th time this season with 18 points, including 5-of-6 from the free throw line and three 3-pointers on three attempts. He also grabbed five rebounds and recorded two assists. Junior guard Sharif Black followed with 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting while totaling seven rebounds and four assists.
  • The Beavers finished the game shooting 44.4 percent from the field compared to 50.8 percent from the Mavericks. Both teams finished over 50.0 percent from beyond the arc, while MSU converted eight more long balls than BSU. Bemidji State held Minnesota State without any second-chance points while winning the rebound battle, 35-30.
  • Green continues to lead BSU in scoring with 17.1 points per game, which ranks him sixth in the NSIC. Black and Best follow behind with 13.8 points and 13.3 points per game, respectively. Best paces the Beavers on the boards with 5.0 per game and 105 total on the season.
  • BSU currently sits in a three-way tie with Minot State University and University of Mary at 6-10 in conference play. Minot State holds a tiebreaker over Bemidji State, while Bemidji State holds a tiebreaker over U-Mary to place the Beavers fifth in the North Division. Bemidji State will host both Minot State and U-Mary to close the regular season Feb. 17-18.

Scouting Wayne State

  • Wayne State improved to 5-7 in road games this year after a split on the road to St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. The Wildcats opened the weekend with an 84-80 loss in St. Cloud, Minn., but rebounded with a 79-77 win against the Bulldogs in Duluth, Minn. WSC’s five road victories matches its road win total for the previous three years combined.
  • Sophomore Vance Janssen hit the game-winner as time expired at Minnesota Duluth. Janssen matched his season high with 17 points and averaged 15.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Sophomore Kendall Jacks averaged a team-high 16.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Jack has scored double-digits in 14 straight games and 20 of 22 total this season.

Scouting Augustana

  • Augustana picked up a split for the third straight week with a 90-67 win at Minnesota Duluth and a 91-83 loss at St. Cloud State. All 11 players who saw action against UMD got in on the scoring mix, with five players reaching double-figures. The Vikings shot 55.0 percent from the field and never looked back after building a 23-point halftime lead against UMD. St. Cloud State used a late 12-2 run and hit three 3-pointers in the final three minutes of the game to secure the comeback win over the Vikings. Augustana led by as many as nine, twice in the second half, before the Huskies pulled away late.
  • Jordan Spencer averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game on the weekend. Spencer finished with 13 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win over UMD. He recorded his seven 20-point game of the season against SCSU, finishing with 20 to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Adam Beyer recorded his fifth 20-plus point scoring effort of the season against SCSU, finishing with 21 on 9-of-13 shooting. Beyer averaged 15.0 points and shot 68.4 percent from the field.

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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).