Men’s Basketball to begin four-game road trip at Minot State Jan. 29-30

Men’s Basketball to begin four-game road trip at Minot State Jan. 29-30
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Men’s Basketball to begin four-game road trip at Minot State Jan. 29-30

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball will play in the annual Beaver Bash Jan. 29-30 against Minot State University in Minot, N.D., to open a four-game road trip. BSU (2-6, 1-5 NSIC) aims to secure back-to-back wins this season and in the series against MiSU (4-4, 2-2 NSIC) with a 6 p.m. tip-off Friday and 2 p.m. tip-off Saturday at MSU Dome.

The Series vs. MiSU

  • Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minot State, 14-12.
  • Only one of the last six meetings between BSU and MiSU has been decided by more than 10 points.
  • Five BSU student-athletes scored in double figures during the first meeting of the 2019-20 season Jan. 24, 2020 before senior forward Derek Thompson scored a team-high 17 points in the season series finale Feb. 15, 2020. Thompson averaged 15.0 points per game last season against Minot State while junior forward Cody Landwehr scored 11.5 points per game on 66.7 percent shooting from the field.
  • The series began Dec. 28, 1967, a 86-82 win by Bemidji State at the Mayville Invitational in Mayville, N.D.

Fast Break Bemidji State

  • BSU snapped a six-game losing streak on the back-end of a weekend split at home against the University of Mary. The Beavers fell on Friday night, 76-70, before bouncing back with a 70-68 win on Saturday at BSU Gymnasium.
  • The Beavers shot over 40.0 percent from the field in back-to-back games for the second time this season and hit a season-high 42.9 percent from beyond the arc in Friday’s loss. BSU held UMary to 40.0 percent shooting from the field in Saturday’s win, setting a season-low for an opponent this season, and gave away a season-low seven turnovers.
  • Thompson averaged 15.0 points per game during the weekend split versus UMary. He shot 52.0 percent from the field (13-25) and recorded 17 points, seven rebounds, a career-high five assists, two blocks and one steal Friday.
  • Thompson leads BSU and ranks eighth in the NSIC with 17.0 points per game, and leads BSU and ranks ninth in the conference with 6.9 rebounds per game. He also ranks 11th in the NSIC in blocks per game and 17th in field goal percentage.
  • Thompson moved up three spots to 14th all-time at BSU in scoring and now ranks ninth all-time in rebounds. He currently has 1,140 career points and 511 career rebounds with the Beavers.
  • Senior guard Nick Wagner scored 14.5 points per game versus UMary, including a season-high 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting from 3-point range on Friday. He added four rebounds, four assists and one steal in the loss.
  • Senior guard Griffin Chase scored a season-high 17 points, one shy of his career-high, with a career-high five 3-pointers and seven rebounds in Friday’s loss. He finished the weekend shooting 52.9 percent from the field (9-17) and 50.0 percent from beyond the arc (7-14).
  • Four Beaver student-athletes recorded double-digit points in Saturday’s win, led by Thompson and senior guard Tyler Behrendt off the bench with 13. Behrendt set a new career-high in scoring on 5-of-6 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
  • Bemidji State remains one of the better teams in the nation in defensive rebounding, ranking 44th nationally and 5th in the NSIC with 27.0 boards per game on the defensive end.

Scouting MiSU

  • Minot State won back-to-back games last weekend in a road series at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers opened the weekend with a 72-61 victory before taking down the Golden Eagles, 77-72, on Saturday.
  • The Beavers are led by ninth-year head coach Matt Murken. Murken has accumulated a 6109-131 record at MiSU and is 9-7 against BSU.
  • Senior forward Melvin Newbern averaged 19.5 points on 64.3 percent shooting, 11.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game in the sweep over UMC. He recorded a career-high 24 points with nine rebounds on Saturday while playing a season-high 35 minutes. Newbern posted his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds on Friday.
  • Senior guard Max Cody leads the Beavers and ranks 19th in the NSIC with 14.3 points per game, followed by Newbern with 13.4 points per game, which ranks 21st in the league. Newbern ranks third in the conference with 8.9 rebounds per game and seventh shooting 55.8 percent from the field.
  • MiSU ranks 11th in the NSIC with 72.3 points per game and ninth allowing 72.4 points per game. The Beavers rank sixth shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 13th with a 47.9 percent field goal defense.

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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).