Men’s Basketball begins road trip at Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State

Men’s Basketball begins road trip at Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Men’s Basketball begins road trip at Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball begins a four-game road trip Feb. 7-8 while taking on Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers open the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Golden Bears in St. Paul, Minn., followed by the weekend-finale at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against the Mavericks in Mankato, Minn.

The Series
vs Concordia-St. Paul

  • BSU holds a slight edge in the all-time series over CSP, 17-16.
  • The Beavers have won three straight meetings against the Golden Bears after taking last season’s lone meeting, 73-58, in Bemidji, Minn.
  • Junior guard Griffin Chase scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting last season against CSP while chipping in six rebounds. Senior guard Ja Morgan recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 assists while falling three rebounds shy of a triple-double.
  • Bemidji State and Concordia-St. Paul first met Jan. 15, 2000, a 51-49 victory by the Golden Bears in St. Paul.

vs Minnesota State

  • Minnesota State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 70-36.
  • The Mavericks won five straight games against the Beavers until BSU, as a No. 8 seed in the NSIC Tournament, beat No. 1 ranked MSU, 66-56, in Mankato, Minn. It was BSU’s first first-round victory in the postseason since the 2012-13 season.
  • Morgan scored 22 points in both meetings against Minnesota State last season. He also recorded seven rebounds in each game and averaged 6.5 assists. Junior forward Derek Thompson also averaged double-figure scoring with 11.5 points per game. Sophomore forward Cody Landwehr recorded his fourth double-double over a five-game span with 16 points and 13 rebounds off the bench in the postseason victory.
  • The series began Jan. 27, 1933, a 24-23 win by MSU in Bemidji. Minnesota State won the first four games of the series while Bemidji State won two of the next three games.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • Bemidji State snapped a seven-game losing streak after taking a 66-54 loss to the University of Sioux Falls and closing the weekend with a 78-64 win over Southwest Minnesota State University last weekend.
  • BSU took a game-high nine-point lead in the first half but trailed by one point at halftime at USF. The Cougars went on a 16-0 run between the end of the first half and the beginning of the second to take a seven-point advantage. The Beavers only reached to within five points one time after and trailed by a game-high 19 points with 5:52 to play.
  • Both teams traded leads eight times until late in the first half when Bemidji State began to pull away. Two 6-0 runs were part of the separating factor for BSU before a 41-29 halftime lead. The Beavers remained ahead by double figures for the remainder of the game and held off a late barrage of 3-pointers late in the game.
  • Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund led BSU with 17.0 points and 4.0 assists per game, including tying a career-high 23 points against the Mustangs. Chase followed over the weekend with 12.5 points per game shooting 57.1 percent from the field. Senior forward Logan Bader finished one rebound shy of a double-double versus SMSU with 10 points and nine rebounds.
  • Bemidji State ranks seventh in the nation and leads the NSIC shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc, 17th nationally with 11.1 3-point field goals per game and 38th nationally shooting 48.6 percent from the floor.
  • Wagner is second in the conference and ranks 23rd nationally with 3.30 3-point field goals per game and ranks fourth in the NSIC and 32nd nationally with 66 total 3-point field goals. He also ranks 13th in the NSIC with 16.7 points per game.
  • Thompson ranks eighth in the league shooting 51.0 percent from the floor. Bader ranks eighth in the NSIC with 7.6 rebounds per game. Bader is eight points shy of 1,000 and four rebounds shy of 600 during his career at BSU. He would be just the fourth player in program history to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds during his career.

Scouting Concordia-St. Paul

  • Concordia-St. Paul extended its losing streak to seven games after taking a weekend sweep to Northern State University, 88-60, and Minnesota State University Moorhead, 85-72, on the road.
  • CSP ranks among the top half in offensive shooting, coming in third shooting 38.3 percent from beyond the arc and sixth shooting 46.1 percent from the floor.
  • Junior guard Jordan Coblin leads the team and ranks 12th in the NSIC with 16.7 points per game and ranks third in the league with 4.8 assists per game. Junior forward Cody Carlson ranks 10th in the conference shooting 50.5 percent from the field and 15th with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Scouting Minnesota State

  • Minnesota State took a conference weekend sweep for just the second time this season after losses to MSU Moorhead, 88-63, and Northern State, 96-62. The Mavericks enter the weekend 11-11 overall and 9-7 in the NSIC to rank fourth in the NSIC South Division.
  • MSU enters the weekend ranked first in defensive field goal percentage and 3-point field goal percentage. The Mavericks are holding opponents to 41.9 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc. Minnesota State also ranks second with 38.4 rebounds per game.
  • Senior forward Cameron Kirksey leads the Mavericks and ranks 10th in the NSIC with 17.2 points per game on 48.0 percent shooting from the field. Sophomore center Kelby Kramer enters the weekend fourth in the league with 9.3 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).

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