BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program closes out its home schedule Friday and Saturday with the final meetings of the season against University of Mary and Minot State University. BSU opens the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 against U-Mary before the final home game of 2018-19 at 5:30 p.m. against MiSU.
- U-Mary leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 16-10.
- The Beavers opened the Jan. 26 83-66 loss against the Marauders 1-for-7 from the field with four turnovers that led to an 18-3 deficit seven minutes into action. The margin remained throughout the game as BSU was only able to cut U-Mary’s lead to seven points early in the second half.
- Junior guard Ja Morgan led the team with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting while adding six assists, five rebounds, and three steals. Freshman guard Max Bjorklund followed with 15 points, including nine in the first half, and five rebounds.
- The two programs split the last two season series prior to the 2018-19 season, 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.
- The series began Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by U-Mary.
vs. Minot State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 13-10.
- BSU had its second-best shooting performance of the season during a 93-82 win Jan. 25 at MiSU, going 34-for-55 from the field for a .618 field goal percentage which included 11-for-21 from long range.
- Sophomore forward Derek Thompson led BSU in scoring with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc. He also added career highs with four assists, three blocks, and one steal. Morgan followed with 16 points and eight assists.
- 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.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took its third split in a row with a 73-58 win over Concordia University-St. Paul and a 77-66 loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
- The Beavers combined for 17 3-pointers, three shy of the program single-game record, while shooting 40.3 percent (25-62) from the field against the Golden Bears. The victory was the first for BSU with trailing at half and scoring fewer bench points than its opponent, and the Beavers also gave up a season-low five turnovers.
- Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman led BSU with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 shooting from long range, while freshman guard Griffin Chase followed with 14 points in his first career start. Morgan recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 assists.
- After trailing by as many as 16 points against the Mavericks, the Beavers cut the deficit to four points in the second half but couldn’t pull any closer as MSU shot 45.0 percent (27-60) from the floor during the game.
- Morgan scored over 20 points for the fifth time this season with 22 and added seven rebounds, six assists, and two steals. Hoffman and Thompson each follwoed with 12 points while junior forward Logan Bader was one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds.
- On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 15.5 points per game, good for 16th in the conference, with seven games of at least 22 points. He also paces the team on the boards with 6.2 rebounds per game, which ranks 11th in the NSIC, and has four double-doubles. Thompson ranks fourth in the NSIC in field goal percentage at .556. Hoffman ranks second in the NSIC shooting 49.2 percent from beyond the arc. Morgan paces the league with 6.5 assists per game and holds an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3.
- U-Mary opened a four-game road trip with a split, including a 78-72 win at Upper Iowa University and an 84-56 loss at Winona State University.
- The Marauders are currently in a four-way tie for ninth place overall in the NSIC after being projected to finish last in the conference preseason poll.
- U-Mary is fourth in the league in points allowed per game (70.7) and in field goal percentage defense (.442).
- Dennis Austin III scored a career-high 22 points and had nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals while making 8-of-12 shots at Upper Iowa. Connor Hellebust scored 19 points at Upper Iowa, hitting 4-of-5 3-pointers for the second straight game. Matthew Kreklow posted 12 points and six rebounds against UIU and six points, five rebounds and four assists at Winona State.
Scouting Minot State
- Minot State enters the weekend 12-15 overall and 7-11 in the NSIC after wins of 87-72 at Winona State and 87-84 at Upper Iowa last weekend.
- The Beavers shot 63.4 percent from the field, including 61.1 percent from beyond the arc, in the weekend sweep.
- All seven players who saw time scored at least seven points at WSU, including five who scored in double figures.
- Kyle Beisch averaged 21.5 points while shooting 57.1 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from 3-point range. David Akibo notched a double-double in Friday’s win over Winona State, leading Minot State with 19 points and 11 rebounds on 9-of-11 shooting from the field.
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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).