BASKETBALL: Return trip to Northern Iowa highlights BSU men's hoops schedule for 2014-15
BEMIDJI — A second-consecutive trip to Division I Northern Iowa highlights Bemidji State’s 2014-15 schedule, which was released Monday by BSU head coach Mike Boschee.
BSU is scheduled to play four nonconference home games in addition to the exhibition contest, and will also play the usual 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule this coming season.
The Beavers open the season Nov. 9 in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to play the play the perennial Missouri Valley Conference contenders. The game is a rematch from last season, when BSU hung with the Panthers in the first half and trailed just 26-23 at halftime before Northern Iowa pulled away for a 71-48 victory.
After that, BSU will return home for four straight nonconference games against Division III and NAIA competition.
BSU hosts D-III Crown College on Nov. 14, then takes on a pair of NAIA teams in Mayville State and Viterbo on Nov. 21 and 22, respectively before hosting D-III Minnesota-Morris in its final nonconference game Nov. 25.
NSIC play opens Nov. 29 against U.S. Highway 2 rivals Minnesota Crookston, and the homestand continues into December against St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth.
In all the Beavers play 26 regular season games and one exhibition game.
The NSIC tournament is scheduled to start Feb. 25 at campus sites.
BSU finished 18-9 overall in 2013-14 and 15-7 in conference play, earning a share of the NSIC North division championship.
This season the team returns just one starter in All-NSIC guard Brock Lutes and just a handful of players who played significant minutes last season.
2014-15 BSU Men's Basketball Schedule
Nov. 9 at Northern Iowa (exhibition), 1 p.m.
Nov. 14 CROWN COLLEGE, 7 p.m.
Nov. 21 MAYVILLE STATE, 8 p.m.
Nov. 22 VITERBO, 6 p.m.
Nov. 25 MINNESOTA-MORRIS, 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 MINNESOTA-CROOKSTON*, 4 p.m.
Dec. 5 ST. CLOUD STATE*, 8 p.m.
Dec. 6 MINNESOTA-DULUTH*, 6 p.m.
Dec. 12 at Augustana*, 8 p.m.
Dec. 13 at Wayne State*, 6 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Minnesota-Crookston*, 4 p.m.
Jan. 2 MINOT STATE*, 8 p.m.
Jan. 3 U-MARY*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 9 at Minnesota-Duluth*, 8 p.m.
Jan. 10 at St. Cloud State*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 16 MINNESOTA STATE*, 8 p.m.
Jan. 17 CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 23 at Northern State*, 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 at MSU Moorhead*, 6 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Winona State*, 8 p.m.
Jan. 31 at Upper Iowa*, 6 p.m.
Feb 6 SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE*, 8 p.m.
Feb. 7 SIOUX FALLS*, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13 at U-Mary*, 8 p.m.
Feb. 14 at Minot State*, 6 p.m.
Feb. 20 MSU MOORHEAD*, 8 p.m.
Feb. 21 NORTHERN STATE*, 6 p.m.
*Denotes NSIC conference game