Bemidji State University men’s basketball goes on the road Jan. 30-31 to take on Winona State University and Upper Iowa University to end a four-game road-stint. Tip offs set for 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
Winona State owns an 83-71 edge over the Beavers in the all-time series that dates back to Jan. 7, 1933. In the last five meetings, BSU is 2-3 with its last win on March 2, 2013 at then-No. 22 Winona State by a score of 74-72.
The Beavers hold strong with a 10-6 all-time record over Upper Iowa, dating back to Dec. 16, 1949. Bemidji State is currently on a two-game win streak in the series, taking its last win at home Jan. 4, 2014, 102-89.
The Beavers (7-11, 3-11 NSIC) hit the road last weekend to take on Northern State University and then-No. 8 Minnesota State University Moorhead. BSU continued its slide as they fell to the Wolves 81-62 and to the Dragons 89-69.
Senior Brock Lutes was the pacer for the Beavers’ offense on the weekend averaging 18.5 points a game, including his weekend-best 21 points against MSU Moorhead. Lutes also charted 16 points against Northern State.
Lutes now ranks seventh in the league for scoring with a 16.5 average per contest and leads the Beavers’ offense on the season.
Freshman Christian Pekarek charted a new career-high eight points in his first collegiate start against Northern State. The game was his third of the season for the Beavers.
Pekarek went a perfect 3-of-3 from the arc against the Dragons Saturday, which was his best of the season.
Bemidji State recorded their second-best free throw percentage of the season as they went 12-for-14 for an 85.7 percent rating against MSU Moorhead.
BSU earned its season best percentage from the three-point line, shooting 50 percent (10-of-20) against Northern State.
The Beavers are currently shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from beyond the arc on the season.
BSU ranks fourth amongst the league in steals with 6.9 steals per game and leading the squad is DJ Anderson with 21 (1.2 SPG).
In the NSIC, the Beavers also rank seventh in field goal percentage (.471), seventh in blocks (2.7), ninth in assists (13.1) and tied with Winona State for ninth in scoring (73.8 PPG).