The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program finishes its 2017-18 home slate with a doubleheader against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North opponents, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University. The Beavers open the weekend Friday at 8 p.m. against the Dragons followed by Senior Day Saturday at 6 p.m. at BSU Gymnasium.
Bemidji State continues its longest rivalry in program history with the 182nd meeting versus MSU Moorhead. The Dragons lead the all-time series, 97-84, that first began Feb. 17, 1928 in Moorhead, Minn. BSU came away with its first win against MSUM in seven tries Dec. 9, 82-81, in Moorhead, Minn.
Freshman forward Derek Thompson came off the bench to lead BSU with 20 points, including the final two with seconds remaining to seal the win. Senior guard Sharif Black went 8-for-12 from the field to finish with 18 points, while sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green scored 14 points, pulled down six rebounds and dished out four assists.
Northern State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 62-27, that dates back to Dec. 18, 1959. Both teams have swapped wins over the last three games, including a 75-54 win by the Wolves Dec. 8 in the first game of the season series.
Black led BSU in scoring over NSU with 14 points, while sophomore forward Logan Bader came one point and one rebound shy of a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds. Green was the only other Beaver to finish with double-figure scoring at 10 points.