BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team will open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference interdivisional games Dec. 13-14 against Wayne State College and Augustana University. The Beavers open the weekend with a 7:30 p.m. tip-off Friday against the Wildcats before a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday against the Vikings at BSU Gymnasium.
vs. Wayne State
- Wayne State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 28-23.
- BSU has won four of the last five games against WSC, while the Wildcats took the lone matchup last season, 75-59, in Wayne, Neb.
- Junior forward Derek Thompson led BSU with 12 points against WSC last season, shooting 4-of-8 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He pulled down five rebounds and added one assist. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund scored seven points off the bench during his seventh career game.
- The series began Dec. 30, 1973, a 71-58 win by Bemidji State at the Wayne State Invitational.
- Augustana leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 16-6.
- The Vikings have won eight straight games against the Beavers, including a 74-60 victory in Sioux Falls, S.D., last season.
- The last win by the Beavers during the series came Jan. 10, 2014, a 97-79 victory on the back-end of back-to-back wins over AU.
- Senior forward Logan Bader scored 12 points with six rebounds, one steal and one assist against the Vikings last season in 35 minutes of action. Bjorklund scored seven points for the second straight game, including shooting 5-of-5 from the free throw line.
- The series began Feb. 10, 1968, a 95-86 win by Bemidji State.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a road split Dec. 6-7 with an 81-73 loss at Northern State University and a 79-67 win at Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers enter the weekend 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.
- Morgan led the Beavers in scoring for the fourth and fifth straight game while averaging 20.5 points per game on 15-of-26 shooting from the field and 5-of-12 from beyond the arc. Morgan added 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, including his third straight 20-point game with 21 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block during BSU’s win. Morgan was the only Beavers to score in double-digits in both games while junior guard Nick Wagner averaged 13.0 points per game. Wagner scored 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting at MSUM. Sophomore forward Cody Landwehr averaged 10.5 points per game off the bench. He scored 13 points in 19 minutes against the Dragons on 60 percent shooting with six rebounds.
- Morgan leads the NSIC with 6.3 assists per game, a 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio and 2.1 steals per game. Wagner leads the league with 3.7 3-pointer per game, ranks third shooting 41.9 percent from beyond the arc and ninth with 17.4 points per game.
- The Beavers moved to 3-0 against opponents when shooting over 50 percent from the field and 4-0 when shooting better than its opponent. Morgan’s 20-point game against NSU was the first loss for BSU when featuring a 20-point scorer.
- Bemidji State enters the game as one of the best teams in the conference in scoring, field goal and 3-point field goal offense and defense. The Beavers rank third shooting 48.5 percent overall and first shooting 42.0 percent from beyond the arc. BSU has stiffled its opponents from the floor by leading the league with 39.0 percent shooting allowed overall and ranking fourth allowing 32.3 percent from 3-point range.
Scouting Wayne State
- Wayne State bounced back from a conference-opening loss to Augustana with back-to-back victories last weekend at home against Upper Iowa University, 88-69, and Winona State University, 70-63.
- The Wildcats rank in the middle of the pack through the NSIC with 74.2 points scored per game and near the bottom with 74.8 points allowed per game. WSC ranks 12th defensively in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percent and rebounding.
- On the season, Wayne State is shooting 45.5 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from 3-point range and 70.3 percent from the free-throw line.
- Sophomore forward Jordan Janssen leads WSC and ranks fifth in the conference with 18.7 points per game. He paces the NSIC with 11.8 rebounds per game, with 3.9 offensive rebounds per game. The Wildcats have four players averaging double-digit points.
- Augustana has won its first three games in conference play to enter the weekend 8-1 overall and 3-0 in the NSIC. AU’s only loss came by five points to South Dakota School of Mines, 76-71, in Spearfish, S.D.
- The Vikings rank near the top of the conference in multiple offensive categories, including 85.6 points and 44.2 rebounds per game to lead the NSIC.
- On the season, AU is shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 36.9 percent from the 3-point line and 78.2 percent from the free-throw line. The team is allowing 71.4 points per game on 43.2 percent shooting from the field.
- Junior guard Matt Cartwright leads the Vikings and ranks 13th in the NSIC with 16.1 points per game. He also leads the league in free throw percentage going 21-of-21.
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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).