MEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU looking to keep rolling
BEMIDJI -- The BSU men's basketball team returns home tonight to begin one of the more anticipated January weekends in recent memory.
The Beavers will host MSU Moorhead tonight at 8 p.m. before entertaining Northern State tomorrow at 6 p.m. The three teams, along with St. Cloud State, all enter the weekend at 7-3 in NSIC play, creating a four-way tie atop the North Division.
BSU comes into tonight's contest with a three-game winning streak, including a road sweep over Augustana and Wayne State last weekend.
"It was a really big weekend," Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said. "Going into the Saturday game, it might have been a tough one because of the energy we used on Friday in Augustana, but the guys did a great job and played at a really high level."
It was the first road sweep for the Beavers since February 2012.
"We had a preseason goal of getting at least three road sweeps," junior Brock Lutes said. "That was our first one. It gives you a lot of confidence when you go into another gym and play as well as we did, especially in the environment at Augustana."
Lutes earned NSIC player of the week, scoring 59 points in the two games. During the three-game winning streak, he has averaged 29.7 points per game and shot 68.9 percent from the field.
"It is a good honor," Lutes said. "More importantly, I just want to move on to this weekend and get another sweep."
"He is starting to figure out where to get his points from," Boschee said of Lutes. "As a team we are scoring more, which gives him more opportunities, but he has obviously been making the plays when he is open."
The Beavers will look to avenge early season losses against the Dragons and the Wolves after being swept by the two teams Dec. 13 and 14 on the road.
"Moorhead is probably the most athletic team that we have faced all year," Lutes said. "We are going to have to keep them off of the boards and try to run our offense better than we did in Moorhead. Moving the ball was a problem that whole weekend. It seems like it was always one pass and a shot."
Boschee seeks to see a steady improvement from his team this weekend.
"I hope to see a similar level of play this weekend," Boschee said. "I just want to see steady improvement from our players. If we ever become satisfied with where we are at, we will not improve."
BSU is 7-2 when playing at home this season and Boschee and the team hopes to play in front of a big crowd.
"Playing in front of a big crowd always helps," Boschee said. "We have been playing pretty well at home for the most part, but playing in front of a big crowd certainly does make a difference."