BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program will travel to Valley City State University Saturday, Oct. 27 with a 3 p.m. tipoff for its first exhibition game of the 2018-19 season. The Beavers went 12-16 last season and feature six returning letterwinners, five true freshmen and four transfers.
The Series vs. Valley City State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Valley City State, 30-23, with Saturday’s game being the first exhibition meeting between the two programs.
- The Beavers have won seven straight games against the Vikings, including an 88-70 win in the most recent matchup, Nov. 17, 2017.
- Junior forward Logan Bader and sophomore guard Griffin Chase are the only two returning Beavers to score in last season’s meeting against Valley City State in Bemidji, Minn. Bader totaled nine points on 4-of-10 shooting and pulled down four rebounds. Chase went 1-of-1 from beyond the arc to finish with three points off the bench.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State comes off a 12-16 overall record during the 2017-18 season and return two starters. Six letter winners in total return for the 2018-19 season while nine newcomers join the program.
- The Beavers finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule 9-13, including a 5-9 record in the NSIC North Division.
- Head Coach Mike Boschee enters his seventh season with the program after totaling a 76-91 record with the Beavers and a 191-206 career record in 15 seasons as a head coach. Assistant coaches Mike Iseman and Tim Wagner begin their first seasons in their respective positions in 2018-19 with the Beavers.
- Bader was named BSU’s Player to Watch in the 2018-19 NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. He leads all BSU returners in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and 3-point percentage. Bader averaged 11.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 50.4 percent from 3-point range.
- Bemidji State ranked 13th in scoring offense last season in the NSIC with 72.9 points per game. BSU’s defense saw a boost during the 2017-18 season while ranking second in the conference allowing 44.0 percent shooting from the field and sixth allowing 36.1 percent shooting from long range.
Scouting Valley City State
- Valley City State began its 2018-19 season Friday, Oct. 19 with a 69-68 loss against Brandon University before a 122-49 win against Providence College Sunday, Oct. 21.
- VCSU will take part in an exhibition Thursday, Oct. 25 in Valley City, N.D., against NSIC program Minot State University.
- The Vikings are averaging 95 points per game on 50.4 percent shooting from the field through their first two contests. VCSU is pulling down 50.0 rebounds per contest and holds an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.48.
- Senior forward Christian Kvilvang leads the team with 19.5 points per game followed by sophomore guard Logan Nelson with 18.5 points per game. Kvilvang finished with 20 points in the Vikings’ season opener against Brandon University before scoring 19 against Providence. Nelson shot 12-of-15 from the field against Providence to lead the Vikings with 30 points.
- Valley City State begins its third season under head coach Ryan Montgomery. Montgomery holds a record of 30-31 through his first two season with the Vikings. He joined the VCSU men’s basketball program after serving eight seasons on the BSU coaching staff as an assistant, including four seasons under Boschee.
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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).