The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program looks to mark program history this weekend in a road trip to St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth. The Beavers will attempt to reach 1,000 wins in program history at 8 p.m. Friday against the Huskies in St. Cloud, Minn., before facing the Bulldogs at 6 p.m. Saturday in Duluth, Minn.
Bemidji State and St. Cloud State will play in the 147th game all-time between the two schools Friday. The Huskies lead the all-time record, 100-46, with seven wins in the last eight meetings. SCSU took the first matchup of the 2017-18 season, 96-62, in Bemidji, Minn., for the program’s 100th win all-time against BSU. The Beavers last took a win against the Huskies Jan. 10, 2016, 70-69, at home.
Three Beavers scored at least 12 points in the first meeting between BSU and SCSU Dec. 2 in Bemidji. Senior guard Sharif Black and sophomore guard Jacob McNallan each led the team with 14 points while sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green added 12. McNallan went 5-of-7 shooting from the field off the bench, including a career-high four 3-pointers, to set his career high mark in scoring.
Saturday’s game marks the 136th all-time meeting in the Bemidji State/Minnesota Duluth rivalry. UMD owns the all-time record, 90-46, despite BSU having won the last three matchups. The Beavers came away with a 73-63 victory over the Bulldogs Dec. 1 in Bemidji.
All five BSU starters scored in double-digits to account for all 73 of the team’s points in the first meeting of the season against UMD. Senior guards Sharif Black and Christian Pekarek each totaled 16 points, which set Pekarek’s season-high mark in scoring. Sophomore forward Logan Bader went 6-of-7 shooting from the floor to finish the game with 13 points and led the team with eight rebounds and three blocks.