BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball opens Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play Tuesday with a trip to face the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minn. The Beavers look to move to 3-0 on the season with a 6 p.m. tip-off against the Golden Eagles at Lysaker Gymnasium.
The Series vs. Minn. Crookston
- Bemidji State leads the all-time series against Minnesota Crookston, 52-19.
- The Beavers have won three in a row against the Golden Eagles, including a sweep during the 2020-21 season.
- During BSU’s final weekend of the 2020-21 season, it beat UMC 95-77 on Friday, Feb. 19 and 109-85 on Saturday, Feb. 20 at BSU Gymnasium.
- Senior forward Derek Thompson averaged 32.0 points against Minnesota Crookston, including 45 points during the season finale to set the BSU single-game scoring record.
- The series first began Jan. 13, 1922, a 21-15 win by UMC in Bemidji, Minn.
Fast Break Bemidji State
- Bemidji State improved to 2-0 this season after a two-game weekend Nov. 19-20 in Bemidji. BSU opened its weekend with a 91-57 win in an exhibition against the University of Minnesota-Morris before a 110-61 victory against Northland College.
- The Beavers averaged 61.0 points in the paint per game, scoring 60 against the Cougars and 62 against the Lumberjacks.
- Senior guard Travis Bianco led BSU in scoring in both games of the weekend, including 24 points with 10 rebounds for his first double-double with the program. He shot over 70 percent in both games and shot 5-of-7 from beyond the arc versus Northland.
- During Friday’s exhibition, BSU featured four starters with double-digit scoring. Sophomore forward John Sutherland scored 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 14 rebounds for a double-double.
- The Beavers shot 57.6 percent from the field and won the rebound margin, 50-27, with 18 offensive rebounds against the Cougars.
- BSU shot 72.1 percent from the field (44-61) and 61.1 percent from the 3-point line (11-18) against NC, setting a program single-game record for field goal percentage. The Beavers pulled down 41 rebounds and limited the Lumberjacks to just 16, and scored 22 points off 16 Northland turnovers.
- The Beavers’ 110-point effort against the Lumberjacks marks the team’s highest point total since a 127-point game against Martin Luther College on Nov. 16, 2019, and is just the seventh time BSU has posted 110 points or more in a game since 1992.
- Senior guard Mohamed Kone recorded his third career 20-point game with 21 on 9-of-10 from the field against Northland. He added eight assists, three steals and two rebounds while going 2-of-3 from the 3-point line.
- Bemidji State enters Tuesday’s game leading the conference shooting 62.9 percent from the field, pulling down 42.5 rebounds per game and allowing 21.5 rebounds per game. BSU ranks second in scoring with 96.0 points per game and fourth allowing 64.0 points per game, allowing 40.0 percent shooting from the floor and a 1.55 assist-to-turnover ratio.
- The Golden Eagles are led by seventh-year head coach Dan Weisse who has totaled a 59-135 record with UMC, including a 6-8 record against BSU.
- Minnesota Crookston enters Tuesday 1-3 overall, including two losses during its last weekend of action. UMC fell to Northern Michigan University, 86-69, on Thursday, Nov. 18 to open its home schedule. UMC followed with an 83-72 loss to Michigan Tech Saturday, Nov. 20 in Crookston, Minn.
- Minnesota Crookston opened its season at the American Family Insurance Classic Nov. 12-13 at Duluth, Minn. UMC opened its season with a 72-70 win over East Central University before taking a 75-57 loss to the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
- Junior guard Ethan Channel leads UMC with 13.8 points per game, including a 21-point game against Michigan Tech, on 59.5 percent shooting from the field this season. Sophomore guard Uzo Dibiamaka averages 11.3 points per game while junior forward Leonard Dixon leads the team with 6.3 rebounds per game.
- Among the conference, UMC ranks 10th allowing 32.5 rebounds per game, 11th shooting 44.7 percent from the field, 12th allowing 45.2 percent shooting from the floor, 13th allowing 78.5 points per game and 16th averaging 67.5 points 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).