BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program aims to complete a season-series sweep over University of Minnesota Crookston Sunday, Dec. 30 in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers and Golden Eagles are set to begin at 4 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium.
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minnesota Crookston, 49-17.
- BSU has won four of the past seven meetings dating back to the 2015-16 season.
- The Beavers won the first game of the 2018-19 series Dec. 1, 96-95, in overtime. The victory was BSU’s third overtime win in the all-time series against UMC.
- Five Beavers finished with double-digit scoring, led by junior forward Logan Bader with 21 points. He was one rebound shy of a double-double, while junior guard Ja Morgan recorded 16 points and 10 assists and sophomore forward Derek Thompson tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds.
- The series began Jan. 13, 1922, a 21-15 win by Minnesota Crookston in Bemidji.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State fell on the road to Wayne State College, 75-59, and Augustana University, 74-60, heading into the holiday break.
- The Beavers hit a cold spell shooting in the second half against the Wildcats and finished the game shooting 38.9 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from 3-point range.
- BSU closed a 15-point halftime deficit to AU with a 13-5 run before being on the short-end of a 16-4 run ending with 7:22 in the game.
- Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman led BSU with 13.0 points per game over the weekend, including an 18-point performance against Augustana. Junior gaurd Jacob McNallan came one rebound shy of a double-double versus Wayne State, finsihing with 11 points, nine rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Thompson averaged 9.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
- On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 16.3 points per game with three games of at least 22 points. He also paces the team on the boards with 6.9 rebounds per game and has three double-doubles. Thompson ranks seventh in the NSIC in field goal percentage while Bader comes in at 16th. Hoffman leads the league shooting 53.1 percent from behind the arc.
Scouting Minnesota Crookston
- Minnesota Crookston is three games shy of a program single-season record 10 wins despite falling on the road to Augustana, 91-76, and Wayne State, 72-52.
- The Golden Eagles set the program benchmark of 10 wins last season, finishing 10-19 overall.
- Harrison Cleary averaged 17.5 points per game against Augustana and Wayne State while Ben Juhl tallied 14.0 points per contest. Cleary ranks second in the league with 22.2 points per game while ranking 25th shooting 42.9 percent from the field. He ranks second in 3-point percentage on the season, following just Jacob Hoffman of BSU.
- Chase Knickerbocker needs seven points to move into eighth all-time at UMC. He also needs 32 rebounds to move into eight all-time at UMC.
- The Golden Eagles rank behind the Beavers in points per game, field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage, defensive 3-point percentage, rebounds per game and rebounds allowed per game.
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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).