Beaver Men’s Basketball hosts NSIC South foes

Beaver Men’s Basketball hosts NSIC South foes
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Beaver Men’s Basketball hosts NSIC South foes

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program hosts Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South opponents Upper Iowa University and Winona State University Jan. 18-19 at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers open the weekend Friday at 7:30 p.m. versus the Peacocks followed by the weekend finale Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against the Warriors.

The Series
vs. Upper Iowa

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Upper Iowa, 12-8.
  • UIU is on a two-game winning streak over BSU, including an 84-75 victory during last season’s lone meeting Dec. 30, 2017, for the first time since 2009-10.
  • After trailing by 19 points with under 10 minutes in the game, the Beavers fought back to trail just five points with 1:25 to play. BSU scored 19 of last 28 points in the game.
  • Junior forward Logan Bader totaled 18 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from long range while adding three rebounds, two assists, and one block. Sophomore forward Derek Thompson scored 10 points with a team-high seven rebounds.
  • The series began Dec. 16, 1949, a 97-69 win by Bemidji State. The two programs took a 55-year hiatus in the series before restarting in 2004.

vs. Winona State

  • Winona State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 86-72.
  • BSU won last season’s lone matchup against WSU Dec. 31, 2017, 62-59, in Bemidji, Minn.
  • The Beavers shot nearly 50 percent from the field and sank 11 3-pointers for the edge over the Warriors last season. BSU’s defense also held WSU to 33.9 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from beyond the arc to secure its first win over the Warriors since March 2, 2013.
  • Thompson scored 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting while adding five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Bader led the team with eight rebounds and scored seven points.
  • The series began Jan. 7, 1933, a 43-34 overtime win by Bemidji State.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State was swept on the road by Minnesota State University Moorhead, 80-78, and Northern State University, 73-53, as both programs took season sweeps over BSU.
  • The Beavers rallied back from an 11-point deficit at halftime but fell by two points for the second time this season against the Dragons.
  • Freshman guard Max Bjorklund set his third career-high scoring mark in a four-game span with 20 points against the Dragons. Bader followed with 19 points while Thompson chipped in 15 with a team-high six rebounds. Sophomore guard Griffin Chase set a career-high scoring mark with 12 points off the bench.
  • BSU came back from a seven-point deficit at halftime to NSU before the Wolves went on a 17-0 run to secure the win.
  • Thompson led the Beavers with 18 points against the Wolves, finishing as the only BSU student-athlete with double-digit points. Bader and junior guard Ja Morgan led the team with six rebounds apiece, while Morgan paced the squad with six assists.
  • On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 15.4 points per game, good for 15th in the conference, with four games of at least 22 points. He also paces the team on the boards with 6.6 rebounds per game, which ranks ninth in the NSIC, and has three double-doubles. Thompson ranks fourth in the NSIC in field goal percentage. Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman leads the NSIC shooting 52.4 percent from beyond the arc. Morgan also paces the league with 5.9 assists per game and holds an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0.

Scouting Upper Iowa

  • The Peacocks lost a pair of close decisions on the road last weekend with a nine-point loss at Augustana University, 94-85, and a four-point loss at Wayne State College, 85-81.
  • Upper Iowa’s offense stayed hot averaging 83 points per game while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor and 43.9 percent from 3-point range.
  • The Peacocks knocked down 29 3-pointers, but only attempted 16 free throws in two games. UIU’s opponents took advantage of their opportunities at the charity stripe hitting 36-of-39 free throws.
  • Mu Okonkwo continued his strong play in the post averaging 21.5 points per game for the second straight weekend. Jareese Williams averaged 17 points per game and hit 10 of his 18 3-pointers against Augustana.

Scouting Winona State

  • The Warriors enter the weekend 6-10 overall with a 3-5 mark in the NSIC after a split on the road last weekend. Winona State first fell at Wayne State, 92-79, before taking a victory over Augustana, 87-67.
  • The Warriors surrendered a season-high 92 points to extend its season-long losing streak to five games. WSU followed the next night with a 20-point victory to snap the losing streak.
  • Winona State matched a season high with 16 3-pointers and shot over 50 percent from the field for the first time in over a month at Augustana.
  • Sophomore Kevion Taylor scored 23 points at Wayne State, going 5-for-8 from downtown. Senior Tommy Gathje scored a season-best 21 points at Augustana on 5-of-7 shooting from downtown. Sophomore Devin Whitelow dished seven assists at AU while averaging six assists on the weekend.

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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).