MBB begins first full NSIC weekend at home versus Bulldogs, Huskies

MBB begins first full NSIC weekend at home versus Bulldogs, Huskies
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
MBB begins first full NSIC weekend at home versus Bulldogs, Huskies

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule gets into full swing as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team hosts University of Minnesota Duluth Dec. 1 and St. Cloud State University Dec. 2 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers play in the 136th game all-time against the Bulldogs and the 146th game all-time against the Huskies in the season’s first full weekend of conference action.

The Series

  • Friday’s game marks the 135th all-time meeting in the Bemidji State/Minnesota Duluth rivalry. UMD owns the all-time record, 90-45, while BSU has won the last two matchups. The Beavers came away with a season sweep last season with 75-73 (in Duluth, Minn.) and 86-78 (in Bemidji, Minn.) wins. The season sweep was the first for BSU over UMD since the 2012-13 season.
  • Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green totaled at least 20 points in each game against Minnesota Duluth last season, recording 20 points in the first meeting and 22 in the second. He shot 51.9
  • Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will play in the146th game all-time between the two schools Saturday. The Huskies lead the all-time record, 99-46, with six wins in the last seven meetings. BSU last took a win Jan. 10, 2016, 70-69, against SCSU in Bemidji.
  • Senior guard Sharif Black scored a career-high 29 points in last season’s three-point, 98-95 loss to SCSU in St. Cloud, Minn., Dec. 3, 2016 while Green scored 25 points in the season-series finale Jan. 6, 2017 against SCSU. Green led all Beavers with 17.5 points per game on 61.9 percent shooting from the floor.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • BSU officially began the NSIC schedule Saturday, Nov. 25 against University of Minnesota Crookston at Lysaker Gymnasium in Crookston, Minn., an 83-57 loss to the Golden Eagles.
  • The Beavers were doubled up in scoring through the first half, trailing 34-17 at halftime, while shooting 23.1 percent from the field. BSU shot nearly 50 percent in the second half and scored 32 points in the paint. UMC was able to take advantage of 14 BSU turnovers, converting them for 16 points on the other end.
  • The Beavers enter the weekend ranked 10th in the NSIC with 78.7 points scored and fifth with 69.5 points allowed per game. BSU is shooting 47.8 percent from the field, which ranks ninth in the league, and is holding opponents to 43.9 percent shooting, which ranks eighth.
  • Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green ranks 15th in the NSIC with 15.5 points per game while sophomore forward Lucas Wendt ranks fourth in the conference with a .596 field goal percentage (31-52).
  • Green scored a career-high 33 points Nov. 18 at home against Northland College, the most points scored by a Beaver since Brock Lutes scored 33 points Feb. 15, 2014 against Concordia University-St. Paul.
  • BSU’s 115-50 win over Oak Hills Christian College was the largest margin of victory in program history at 65 points, which beat the previous record of 61 set Nov. 21, 2012 against Finlandia University.
  • Senior guard Christian Pekarek currently sits tied for eighth all-time at BSU with 207 total assists. Brian Weierke (1987-91) finished his career with 207 assists while Pekarek trails B.J. LaVelle by five assists for seventh place. Pekarek is currently on pace to record 144 assists this season, which would rank fifth in BSU single-season history.

Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth won back-to-back road games for the first time since Jan. 9-10, 2016 with victories at Michigan Tech, 84-69, and University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 71-70.
  • The Bulldogs shot above 50 percent from the floor, 45 percent from 3-point range and sank 41-of-48 free throw attempts compared to the opposition’s 24-of-29.
  • Junior forward Sean Burns had the game-winning put-back score to put away Wisconsin-Parkside while averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds on the week. Senior forward Jake Wilson led the team with 16.0 points in the two games, including a game-high 20 points versus Michigan Tech.
  • Sophomore forward Brandon Myer led the Bulldogs with 2.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds while also chipping in 15.0 points per game. Sophomore guard Logan Rohrsceib paced the Bulldogs against UW-Parkside with a game-high 19 points and also led the team with 10 free throws.

Scouting St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State took down Minnesota State University Mankato, 72-64, Saturday, Nov. 25 to end its seven-game losing streak to MSU.
  • The victory in Mankato, Minn., was the first for the Huskies against the Mavericks since the 2011-12 season.
  • SCSU outrebounded their opponent for the third time this season, recording wins in each of those games. The Huskies are also 3-0 when allowing fewer than 70 points to opponents.
  • Senior forward Jon Averkamp scored a game-high 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field against MSU. He also tallied five rebounds and three steals in the win. Averkamp has led the team in scoring all five games and has scored 19 or more points in four of the five contests.
  • Junior forward Sean Smith picked up 15 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks against the Mavericks. He has reached double figures in four of the five games and has a pair of double-doubles this season.

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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).