BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program travels West to take on Minot State University and University of Mary with sights of quickly returning to the win column. BSU opens the weekend series Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU Dome in Minot, N.D., against MiSU, followed by the finale Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck, N.D., against U-Mary.
vs. Minot State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 12-10.
- BSU and MiSU split the 2017-18 season series while Minot State has won six of the last seven games. BSU won the first game of last season’s series, 80-73, in Bemidji, Minn., while MiSU took the second, 80-71, in Minot, N.D.
- Junior forward Logan Bader averaged 15.5 points per game against Minot State last season, shooting 58.8 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Derek Thompson scored 13 points with seven rebounds and one assist in his first start against MiSU.
- The series began Dec. 18, 1969, an 86-82 win by Bemidji State in Mayville, N.D. The two programs took breaks of 15 (1972-87) and 11 years (1990-2001) before they started to play each season.
- U-Mary leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 15-10.
- The two programs split the last two season series, both winning on the road. Bemidji State won the second meeting of 2017-18, 67-59 in Bismarck, N.D., while U-Mary won the first, 88-80 in Bemidji.
- Bader averaged 13.0 points and 10.0 rebounds per game against the Marauders last season, including a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in BSU’s win. He was one rebound shy of a double-double in BSU’s loss with 13 points and nine rebounds. Thompson was two rebounds shy of a double-double in the series-opener last season with 15 points and eight boards and was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double in BSU’s win.
- The series began Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by U-Mary.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State snapped a nine-game losing streak with a weekend split at home, taking down Upper Iowa University, 93-90, before falling to Winona State University, 87-59.
- The Beavers and Peacocks combined for 30 3-pointers in the game while BSU committed a season-low nine turnovers. Bemidji State scored five straight baskets from long range to take an 86-84 lead before sinking free throws to seal the game.
- Thompson and junior guard Ja Morgan finished the game with double-doubles, as Thompson led the team with 26 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Morgan recorded 12 points and a career-high 11 assists for his second double-double of the season.
- BSU came out hot from beyond the arc during the first half against WSU, sinking 10 3-pointers to take a 38-36 lead into halftime. After the Beavers opened the second half with six of the first eight points, the Warriors held them to 1-for-8 shooting during a 24-2 run.
- Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman paced BSU with 19 points off the bench, which included 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. The Beavers gave away 18 turnovers compared to just two for the Warriors.
- On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 15.5 points per game, good for 15th in the conference, with five games of at least 22 points. He also paces the team on the boards with 6.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the NSIC, and has four double-doubles. Thompson ranks fourth in the NSIC in field goal percentage. Hoffman leads the NSIC shooting 50.6 percent from beyond the arc. Morgan also paces the league with 6.1 assists per game and holds an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.2.
Scouting Minot State
- Minot State split on the road last weekend, opening with an 83-77 loss at Southwest Minnesota State University and closing with a 75-70 win at University of Sioux Falls.
- The Beavers out rebounded the Mustangs while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor.
- MiSU shot 53.8 percent from the floor and held USF to 45.9 percent shooting.
- David Akibo had a career-high 30 points against USF, also tallying a double-double with 10 rebounds. Kyle Besich had double-figure scoring in both games over the weekend with 24 against SMSU and 21 against USF. Max Cody led the Beavers in assists over the weekend with eight against SMSU and five against USF.
- The Marauders enter the weekend 7-11 overall and 4-8 in conference play after being swept on the road, 77-72 at Sioux Falls and 79-71 at Southwest Minnesota State.
- U-Mary has already exceeded last season’s win total (6) and tied the conference win total (4) at the midway point of the NSIC schedule.
- U-Mary ranks third in the NSIC with 69.7 points allowed per game and seventh with a .438 field goal percentage allowed.
- Connor Hellebust led U-Mary in scoring during both games with 15 at USF and tied a career-high with 21 at SMSU. Tom Kubank posted 15 points and seven rebounds at USF followed by nine points and eight rebounds at SMSU. Trever Kaiser came off the bench and scored a career-high 10 points both nights.
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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).