Men’s Basketball opens season series versus Minot State, UMary

Men’s Basketball opens season series versus Minot State, UMary
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Men’s Basketball opens season series versus Minot State, UMary

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball welcomes Minot State University and University of Mary to BSU Gymnasium Jan. 24-25 for a matchup between Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division opponents. BSU and MiSU tip-off the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday before BSU and UMary begin play at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Series
vs Minot State

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 13-11.
  • The road team won each meeting of the Bemidji State/Minot State series during the 2018-19 season. BSU opened the season-series with a 93-82 victory on Jan. 25, 2019 while MiSU won 79-76 on Feb. 16.
  • Junior forward Derek Thompson led BSU in scoring with a career-high 28 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field during the team’s victory over MiSU. He averaged 18.0 points per game while senior guard Ja Morgan averaged 22.0 points and 9.0 assists per game and recorded a double-double with 28 points and 10 assists Feb. 16.
  • 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.

vs UMary

  • UMary leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 16-11.
  • Each home team won during the 2018-19 season series between Bemidji State and UMary. The Marauders took an 83-66 win on Jan. 26, 2019 in Bismarck, N.D., while the Beavers used a big first half to a 70-47 win on Feb. 15, 2019 in Bemidji, Minn.
  • The two programs have split each season series since the 2017-18 season.
  • Morgan averaged 16.5 points and 6.5 assists per game versus UMary last season. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund scored 15 five rebounds and two assists in his only game against the Marauders last season.
  • The series began Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by U-Mary.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State was swept on its road trip against Upper Iowa University, 105-93 in double overtime, and Winona State University, 82-74. The Beavers fell to below .500 on the road but return home where they hold a 5-2 record at BSU Gymnasium.
  • BSU played in its third straight overtime game during the loss to UIU, the first time in program history playing in three consecutive overtime games. The Beavers overcame a double-digit deficit midway through the second half to force two overtimes. During the final overtime, BSU went just 1-of-11 from the field while UIU sealed the game going 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Bemidji State set a season-high 59 rebounds with 18 offensive, but scored just 13 second-chance points.
  • The Beavers and Warriors remained neck-and-neck through the majority of the first half, while BSU nabbed its final lead of the game on back-to-back 3-pointers with just over seven minutes before halftime. WSU outscored BSU, 20-7, before halftime and only allowed BSU to climb within six points during the remainder of the game. BSU took its second loss of the season while shooting better than its opponent.
  • Thompson led BSU with 23.0 points per game, including 27 points against UIU for his fourth straight game with at least 26 points. He has led BSU in scoring over the last five games and recorded his seventh career double-double with 13 rebounds against the Peacocks. Senior forward Logan Bader averaged a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. He set a season-high 21 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against the Peacocks, the most rebounds for a Beaver since Maxie Rosenbloom with 24 in 2013. Junior guard Nick Wagner chipped in 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game over the weekend.
  • Bemidji State ranks sixth in the nation and first in the NSIC with 30.06 defensive rebounds, 11th in nationally and first in the conference shooting 41.2 percent from 3-point range and 17th in the nation and tied for first in the league with 11.4 3-point field goals per game. The Beavers rank second in the NSIC shooting 48.8 percent from the field and also excel on the defensive end ranking third allowing 33.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc and fourth allowing 42.6 percent from the field.
  • Wagner leads the conference and ranks 12th nationally with 3.63 3-point field goals per game and ranks third in the NSIC and 19th nationally with 58 total 3-point field goals.

Scouting Minot State

  • Minot State grabbed its first win of the conference season following a weekend split versus Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls at home. The Beavers opened the weekend with a 61-57 loss to the Mustangs before knocking off the Cougars, 69-66.
  • MiSU holds the best 3-point defense in the NSIC allowing 31.1 percent from beyond the arc. The Beavers also rank tied for second allowing opponents to 31.4 rebounds and third allowing 68.7 points per game.
  • Senior guard Kyle Beisch ranks seventh in the league with 18.7 points per game and fifth shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and averaging 2.5 3-pointers per game. Junior guard Max Cody leads the NSIC with 6.4 assists per game.

Scouting UMary

  • UMary took a weekend split for the second consecutive weekend after a 59-53 loss to Sioux Falls and a 75-60 win over Southwest Minnesota State. The Marauders enter the weekend 9-9 overall and 4-8 in the NSIC.
  • The Marauders lead the conference allowing 67.1 points per game and allow its opponents to shoot 43.3 percent from the field, which ranks seventh.
  • Junior Matthew Kreklow leads the team and ranks 17th in the NSIC with 14.3 points per game. He also ranks fourth in the league shooting 55.5 percent from the field and ranks seventh with 8.1 rebounds per game.

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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).