BSU'S BENCH BOOSTERS: Floyd, Farrington have helped fuel Beavers’ recent string of success
BEMIDJI — In basketball it takes more than five good players to be successful. For the BSU men’s basketball team, bench players Michael Farrington and Dillon Floyd have been a major force in the Beavers’ recent run of success.
Floyd, a junior forward from Palm Springs, Calif., logged just 55 career minutes through his first two seasons at BSU — and in the first six weeks of this one and — but delivered 11 points in 23 minutes in an overtime loss to Winona State on Jan. 3. He’s been part of BSU head coach Mike Boschee’s rotation ever since.
“Dillon has come a long way,” Boschee said. “We were not using him much early on but he kept a good attitude and kept working hard. When we call on him, he has produced.”
Floyd has seen playing time in each game since the loss to Winona State and the Beavers are 8-1 in that span.
“My role is just to come off the bench and be as productive as I can,” Floyd said. “I want to take as much of a load off of the starters as I can.
“I just want to take advantage of every minute I have on the court. Every day in practice I work to improve on both ends of the floor and try to do the little things.”
Farrington, a senior point guard in his second season with the team, is averaging 4.8 points per game and 3.6 assists per contest.
“Farrington has always been a spark plug for us,” Boschee said. “If things are not going the way I like, I bring him and he gives us energy, toughness and he pushes the ball in transition.”
His 2.1 steals per game also ranks second in the NSIC, while his assist to turnover ratio is third.
“He executes our offense very well and spreads the ball around,” Boschee said. “I know everybody appreciates playing with him knowing he is going to try to find them.”
Farrington feels that a reason for his success is that his skills compliment the skills of starting point guard DJ Hervy.
“I think we complement each other well,” Farrington said. “We both play defense, but he is more of a scorer than I am and I feel like I am more of a passer.”
Both Farrington and Floyd are partially responsible for the recent success of the team and they both know how special of a transition the team has made in with just one returning starter and a second-year head coach.
“It is really impressive,” Floyd said of the transition within the program. “In my freshman year, we had James Ellisor and Bryce Tesdahl; last year we had Dermaine Crockrell, Lance Rongstad and Mason Walters. This year our seniors has shown a lot of leadership to carry the success over into this season.”
“I think the whole team has came together, both on and off the court,” Farrington added. “We spent a lot of time together and it is a lot different from the beginning of the season.”
BSU has won eight of its last nine games and currently sits atop the north division in the NSIC, but Floyd knows the importance of the remaining six games of the regular season.
“We have to make sure we do not get too high or too low,” Floyd said. “If we lose a game, we cannot get too low and now with this winning streak we have to stick to the principles and play every game like it is our last.”