Bemidji State ends regular season with home and away series
Beavers play final regular season matchups before NSIC Tournament
The Bemidji State University Men’s Basketball team enters its final week of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season by hosting St. Cloud State University and then travel to University of Minnesota, Duluth. The Beavers start their weekend early with the Huskies on Thursday at 5:30 p.m., in the BSU Gymnasium, followed by the Bulldogs at 1:00 p.m., on Saturday in Duluth, Minn.
The Series vs St. Cloud State
· St. Cloud State leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 103-52.
· Bemidji State and St. Cloud State last met earlier this season on Dec. 1, 2022, with an 81-70 win by SCSU in St. Cloud, Minn.
· The Huskies leads the series 43-30 when playing in Bemidji, Minn.
· BSU and SCSU first met Jan. 6, 1922, a 47-13 win by SCSU.
The Series vs Minnesota Duluth
· Minnesota Duluth leads the all-time series against Bemidji State, 93-51.
· The Beavers and Bulldogs last met Dec. 3, 2022, earlier this season, with an 83-68 win by UMD in Bemidji, Minn.
· Minnesota Duluth leads the series 46-20 when playing in Duluth, Minn.
· BSU and UMD first met Feb. 21, 1931, with a 28-26 win by the Beavers.
The Beavers split their weekend games against ranked opponents. BSU started off with a loss to No. 22 Northern State University 85-63 and then beat their first ranked team since 2019 defeating No. 23 Minnesota State University, Moorhead 88-87.
Bemidji State will host a playoff game against the fifth or sixth seed in the NSIC South Division on Feb. 22. The Beavers finish as high as the three seed if they can win out and Minnesota Duluth lose out.
Mohamed Kone scored the winning basket against MSU Moorhead with a driving layup with 11 seconds left in the game.
John Sutherland led the scoring on the weekend with 46 points with a weekend high of 27 against NSU.
Dalton Albrecht and Kone both tallied over 20 points in the victory over the Dragons. Albrecht led the pair with 22 points.
The Beavers shot over 50% for their 14th game on the season. BSU converted on 54.4% of shots from the floor against No. 23 MSU Moorhead to bring its season shooting percent to 49.8%, first in the NSIC and 18th in Division II.
Sutherland is leading the conference shooting 60.0% from the floor and improved to 23rd in the nation.
Sutherland was close to recording a triple-double at Mary with 26 points, seven rounds and seven assists.
Albrecht, and Sutherland all put up double figures in both games on the weekend. RJ Smith reached double digits in the loss to Northern State while Johnny Tennyson and Kone both finished above 10 the following day.
Sutherland grabbed 14 rebounds on the weekend to add to his season total of 214 and now has the ninth best rebounding season in program history.
The top four scoring offenses in the NSIC are all in the NSIC North Division with the Beavers fourth in the conference averaging 79.2 points per game. The Beavers are ranked 12th in scoring defense allowing 76.3 points per game.
The Beavers are 15th in turnovers and climbed to eighth in assist to turnover ratio with a 1.18 ratio.