Men’s Basketball returns to NSIC action with games at UMD and SCSU

Men’s Basketball returns to NSIC action with games at UMD and SCSU
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Men’s Basketball returns to NSIC action with games at UMD and SCSU

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball opens its season series versus University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University with road trip on Jan. 3 and 4. The Beavers open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Bulldogs in Duluth, Minn., before a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday versus the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minn.

The Series
vs. Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 93-46.
  • Each team has a three-game winning streak over the past six meetings. The Bulldogs have taken the past three meetings by an average margin of 11.0 points per game.
  • Senior forward Logan Bader led BSU with 11 points per game against UMD last season, including a 12-point performance on 5-of-8 shooting on Jan. 4, 2019 in Bemidji. Sophomore forward Cody Landwehr recorded a double-double in the season-series finale against UMD with 10 points and 10 rebounds, which was part of a three-game double-double streak.
  • 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 (149 games), Winona State University (159 games) and Minnesota State University Moorhead (186 games).

 vs. St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 103-46.
  • BSU’s most recent victory came Jan. 10, 2016, a 70-69 decision in Bemidji, Minn.  SCSU  has won six consecutive games versus BSU.
  • Four Beavers scored at least 15 points in a 107-101 double overtime loss to the Huskies on Jan. 5, 2019 in Bemidji. Senior guard Ja Morgan led the team with 24 points followed by junior forward Derek Thompson with 22, while sophomore guard Max Bjorklund recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 10 assists. Bader also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Landwehr began a three-game double-double streak with 18 points and 10 rebounds on Feb. 22, 2019 at SCSU.
  • The series began Jan. 6, 1922, a 47-13 win by St. Cloud State in St. Cloud.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State secured a season split with an 85-76 victory over University of Minnesota Crookston on Dec. 21, 2019 heading into the holiday break. BSU improved to 5-0 on its home court and ranks third in the NSIC North Division with a 7-3 record overall and 4-2 mark in conference play.
  • After UMC hit a 3-pointer to draw within one point of BSU’s lead, 75-74, the Beaver defense held the Golden Eagles to just two points over the final two minutes of play. UMC shot 0-of-5 from the field over that span while BSU allowed it to shoot 41.7 percent from the field through the game. Bemidji State connected on 54.9 percent shooting overall and outrebounded Minnesota Crookston, 37-27.
  • All six of BSU’s student-athletes who played more than two minutes finished the game with double-digit scoring, led by junior guard Nick Wagner with 17 points. Senior forward Logan Bader added 16 points while junior forward Zach Baumgartner scored 15 points off the bench. Baumgartner recorded his second career double-double and first in conference play with a team-high 10 rebounds.
  • Wagner ranks 13th in the nation with 3.7 3-point field goals per game.
  • The Beavers are 6-0 playing on Saturday this season, 5-0 when leading at halftime, 6-0 when shooting over 50.0 percent from the floor, 7-0 when shooting better than the opponent and 5-0 when sinking more free throws than their opponents.
  • Bemidji State ranks seventh in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting .423 from beyond the arc. The Beavers also rank 10th nationally with 12.1 3-point field goals per game. BSU ranks among the top 25 nationally in defensive rebounds per game (13th/30.5), field goal percentage defense (19th/40.0), scoring margin (23rd/14.7) and field goal percentage (24th/50.0).

Scouting Minnesota Duluth

  • Minnesota Duluth fell to St. Cloud State, 76-65, on Dec. 21, 2019 to head into the holiday break with a 9-3 record overall and 4-2 mark in the NSIC. The Bulldogs have received votes in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll in the previous four polls.
  • The Bulldogs lead the conference scoring 86.4 points per game and are among the top three in the league shooting 48.9 percent overall and 39.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, UMD ranks second in the conference allowing 31.1 percent shooting from 3-point range.
  • Senior forward Brandon Myer ranks second in the conference scoring 21.1 points per game followed by senior forward Alex Illikainen who ranks 18th with 14.8 points per game. Myer is averaging a double-double on the season with 10.0 rebounds per game, which ranks second in the league. Senior guard Trevor Entwisle leads the team and ranks tied for fourth in the NSIC with 4.7 assists per game.

Scouting St. Cloud State

  • St. Cloud State avoided a season sweep to Minnesota Duluth following a 76-65 win on Dec. 21, 2019. The Huskies enter the weekend fourth in the NSIC North Division with a 7-5 record overall and 4-2 mark in the league.
  • The Huskies average 77.3 points per game and rank third in the NSIC allowing 67.3 points per game. SCSU also ranks among the top of the conference shooting 48.5 percent from the floor (4th) and 30.8 rebounds allowed per game (2nd).
  • Senior guard Trevon Marshall leads the team and ranks eighth in the NSIC with 17.9 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting from the field and ranks sixth with 4.1 assists per game. Senior guard Andrija Blatancic leads the conference shooting 64.5 percent from the floor.

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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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