Beavers face road rivalry in final weekend of regular season games

Beavers face road rivalry in final weekend of regular season games
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Beavers face road rivalry in final weekend of regular season games

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program faces a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference rivals on the road Feb. 22-23 to wrap up the 2018-19 regular season. BSU tips off the weekend Friday at 7:30 p.m. against St. Cloud State University followed by the regular season finale at 5:30 p.m. against University of Minnesota Duluth.

The Series
vs. St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 102-46.
  • BSU’s most recent victory came Jan. 10, 2016, a 70-69 decision in Bemidji, Minn. SCSU has won nine of the last meetings.
  • The Huskies took a 107-101 win over the Beavers in double overtime Jan. 5 in the first game of the season series. The game was tied on eight occasions over the final 18:18 of regulation although SCSU opened the second overtime on a 6-0 run for the final separation.
  • Junior guard Ja Morgan scored a team-high 24 points while two Beavers recorded double-doubles, including the first of the season by junior forward Logan Bader and first career by Max Bjorklund.
  • The series began Jan. 6, 1922, a 47-13 win by St. Cloud State in St. Cloud. After SCSU won the first three games of the series, BSU won three straight to even the series after six games.


vs. Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 92-46.
  • The Beavers have won three of the last five meetings by an average margin of 6.7 points per game. The Bulldogs came away with a victory in the first game of the season series, 72-57, Jan. 4 in Bemidji.
  • Morgan again led BSU in scoring with 13 points while Bader added 12. The Beavers finished the game shooting 40.7 percent (24-59) from the field, including 35.7 percent (10-28) in the second half.
  • The series began Feb. 21, 1931, a 28-26 win by BSU in Duluth. The Beavers won four of the first five games in the series, which is the fourth longest series versus a single opponent in BSU history, behind St. Cloud State (148 games), Winona State University (159 games) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (184 games).


Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State ranks eighth in the NSIC North heading into the final weekend of regular season games after a split at home against University of Mary, taking a 70-47 win, and Minot State, falling in overtime 79-76.
  • The Beavers defense was the best it’s been all season while holding the Marauders to a season-best 28.1 percent (16-57) shooting from the field and 15.8 percent (3-19) from beyond the arc. BSU also recorded a conference-season-high 49 rebounds and began the game on a 19-2 run.
  • Head Coach Mike Boschee earned his 200th career win in his 16th season following the victory. He currently holds 85 wins at BSU which ranks fourth all-time in program history, 20 behind Stan Hall in third.
  • Freshman forward Cody Landwehr recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds off the bench, while sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman led BSU with 12 points. Junior guard Allen Anderson added a career-high 11 points off the bench while Bader chipped in eight points and a team-high 10 boards.
  • Bemidji State came back from a seven-point deficit with just over three minutes in regulation as Landwehr and Morgan scored the final 16 points of the second period for BSU. Landwehr hit a floating jumper in the paint to force overtime while Morgan hit two shots in the final 10 seconds of play before free throws by Minot State sealed the game.
  • Landwehr and Morgan combined for 48 points, led by Morgan with a career-high 28. Morgan added 10 assists for his fourth double-double of the season while Landwehr scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting off the bench with seven rebounds.
  • On the season, Thompson leads the squad with 14.9 points per game, good for 19th in the conference, with seven games of at least 22 points. Bader paces the team on the boards with 6.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the NSIC. Thompson ranks fourth in the NSIC in field goal percentage at .556. Hoffman ranks third in the NSIC shooting 45.6 percent from beyond the arc. Morgan paces the league with 6.7 assists per game and ranks third for the most assists in a single-season at BSU.


Scouting St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State earned its first NSIC road trip sweep since early December with wins of 94-88 over Minnesota State University Moorhead and 65-62 over No. 18 Northern State University, moving into second place in the division.
  • The Huskies handed the Wolves their second loss at home this season against an NSIC opponent despite making just one 3-pointer. It was also the first win by SCSU in Aberdeen, S.D., since the 2014-15 season.
  • Guard Gage Davis averaged 27.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.0 block per game over the weekend while shooting 54.8 percent (23-42) from the floor.


Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth enters the weekend with a 15-9 record overall and a 12-8 mark in NSIC play after a road split to Northern State, losing 72-20, and MSU Moorhead, winning 78-76.
  • UMD earned its first win in Moorhead, Minn., since Feb. 8, 2014 and has trailed at halftime during its last three victories.
  • Brandon Myer compiled a pair of double-doubles over the weekend and scored a career-high 34 points versus Northern State. Logan Rohrscheib had 15 points in the win over MSUM while Jake Paper recorded career highs in points (12) and rebounds (7) against NSU.


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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).

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