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BSU BASKETBALL: Beavers prepare for weekend on the road

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BEMIDJI -- Both the mens and womens basketball teams at BSU concluded last weekend with a win Saturday after suffering different kinds of tough losses Friday.

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The women's team shot just 16.7 percent in a 62-31 loss to Winona State Friday, but recovered with a 64-59 win over Upper Iowa the next night.

"It was a great bounceback," women's head coach Mike Curfman said. "To shoot as poorly as we did Friday was very disappointing, but to get a good win over a good Upper Iowa team was encouraging. It led to a really good week of practice."

The men's team fell to Winona State 87-86 Friday in overtime but responded with a commanding 102-89 win over Upper Iowa.

"It felt really good," men's head coach Mike Boschee said. "Anytime you lose a game, you are kind of heart-broken. To lose the way we did, you feel even worse. So I was concerned going into Saturday's game, but coming back and playing as well as we did was exciting for me to see."

The men will look to improve on their 1-2 record away from home against Augustana (9-5, 6-2 NSIC) tonight and Wayne State (6-6, 3-5 NSIC) Saturday.

"Not only do we have to face really good teams, but we have to face them on their own courts," Boschee said. "Augustana is probably going to have 3,000 people there. We have to be ready to face adversity this weekend."

Curfman also knows how difficult it is to win on the road, especially against teams that have been ranked this season.

"We know we are going to face two really tough teams in tough locations," Curfman said. "We showed in our exhibition games that we can compete against very good teams. It does not matter who you play, it is how you play."

Tonight's opponent, Augustana (8-4, 4-4 NSIC) was ranked earlier in the season and is still receiving votes in the national polls. The Vikings went to the NCAA Elite Eight last season before losing in the semifinals.

"Friday night we are going to see a lot of transition," Curfman said of facing Augustana. "They like to shoot a lot of three-pointers and they have very skilled wing players."

The women will wrap up the weekend with No.11 ranked Wayne State (14-1, 7-1 NSIC) Saturday.

"Saturday we will see a lot of a 2-3 zone," Curfman said of facing Wayne State. "They have a lot more size than Augustana and it will be a game played more in the half court."

Tonight's action begins with the women at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.

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