BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball travels Feb. 14-15 for its final road trip of the season against the University of Mary and Minot State University. BSU begins the weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday against the Marauders in Bismarck, N.D., followed by the weekend-finale at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against the Beavers in Minot, N.D.
- UMary leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 16-10.
- The Marauders took the first game of the 2019-20 season series, 78-77, on Jan. 25 in Bemidji, Minn., continuing a trend of the road team winning each matchup over the last three seasons.
- Junior guard Nick Wagner hit four 3-pointers and went 8-of-12 overall shooting on his way to a game-high 23 points against UMary. Senior forward Logan Bader followed with 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, with eight rebounds. Junior forward Derek Thompson and sophomore guard Max Bjorklund each added 12 points.
- The series began Dec. 18, 1971, a 92-87 win by UMary.
vs Minot State
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 12-11.
- Minot State has won seven of the last eight games versus Bemidji State, including the first meeting of the 2019-20 season, 74-67, on Jan. 24 in Bemidji.
- Bjorklund scored a game-high 19 points with a team-high five rebounds while sophomore forward Cody Landwehr followed with 15 points off the bench. Landwehr’s 15 points was his first time in double-digits since returning from injury on Jan. 10. Bader, Thompson and Wagner also scored in double-figures against MiSU in the starting lineup.
- 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.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State took a weekend split on the road after a win over Concordia University-St. Paul, 84-76, and a loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato, 87-60.
- The Beavers separated from the Golden Bears midway through the opening half behind a 23-4 run. After trailing 15-12, BSU took a 35-19 lead with 6:43 to play in the first half. Bjorklund scored 16 points while the team shot 9-of-10 from the field during the run. CSP pulled back to within five points of BSU midway through the second half, but Thompson’s nine second-half points and Bader’s 1,000th career point with 4:45 to play helped the Beavers hold on to the win.
- BSU snapped a 23-game streak with at least five 3-pointers as MSU pulled away by 11 points midway through the first half. After trailing by 20 points late in the half, the Beavers were able to get within six points of the Mavericks in the second half. A three-minute scoring drought by Bemidji State allowed Minnesota State to pull away by 24 points and outscore BSU in the half, 44-26.
- Bjorklund led BSU with 20 points per game, including a career-high 33 against CSP. In the weekend opener, Bjorklund shot 12-of-16 from the field with a career-high five 3-pointers. Thompson followed with 13 points per game while Bader and Morgan scored 12 points per game each. Morgan recorded 15 points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in his first game since being injured Dec. 13.
- Bader became the 18th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone and is just the fifth player to record 1,000 points and 600 rebounds in his career at BSU. He has played in 106 career games with 102 starts, trailing Bryce Tesdahl by five starts for most at BSU since 2012.
- Bemidji State ranks 13th in the nation and leads the NSIC shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc, 28th nationally with 10.7 3-point field goals per game and 42nd nationally shooting 48.4 percent from the floor.
- BSU is 0-8 when shooting worse than its opponent, while the opponent has shot above 50.0 percent from the field in six of those games.
- Wagner ranks third in the NSIC shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc and 15th with 15.4 points per game. Thompson ranks 11th in the league shooting 51.0 percent from the floor. Bader ranks ninth in the NSIC with 7.3 rebounds per game.
- UMary split its last weekend of action with an 85-71 win over Upper Iowa University and an 86-83 loss to Winona State University at home.
- UMary ranks among the top half in several defensive categories, including ranking second with 69.8 points allowed per game, and eight with 43.9 field goal percent defense and 36.2 3-point field goal percent defense.
- Sophomore forward Matthew Kreklow leads the team and ranks tied for 17th in the league with 14.4 points per game. He also ranks second with 2.0 blocks per game, fifth shooting 55.0 percent overall and seventh with 8.2 rebounds per game.
Scouting Minot State
- Minot State was swept at home following losses of 73-68 to Winona State and 94-71 to Upper Iowa. The Beavers enter the weekend 10-14 overall and 4-14 in conference play to rank eighth in the NSIC North Division.
- MiSU enters the weekend second in the league allowing its opponents to 33.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc. It also ranks second with 31.2 rebounds allowed per game and fifth with 71.3 points per game allowed.
- Junior guard Kyle Beisch (7th) and sophomore guard Max Cody (14th) rank among the top 14 in the conference with 19.6 points and 15.5 points per game, respectively. Sophomore forward Kody Dwyer leads the league shooting 71.8 percent from the field while Cody leads the NSIC with 6.5 assists 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).