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'An animal on the boards': Bemidji State forward Rosenbloom sets single-game school rebound record

Bemidji State forward Maxie Rosenbloom (4) battles with St. Cloud State’s Damarius Cruz during their NSIC basketball game last Friday at the BSU gymnasium. Rosenbloom set a team record with 24 rebounds in BSU’s 70-65 victory. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — Bemidji State senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom was honored as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the week after averaging 18 points and 17.5 rebounds in two wins over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth last weekend.

“It means a lot,” Rosenbloom said of being named NSIC player of the week. “It goes to show you that hard work pays off. It is great to see the long hours you put in during the week pay off in the games.”

The weekend was highlighted by a 21 point and school-record 24 rebound performance on Friday’s 70-65 win over the Huskies.

“It is definitely way up there,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said of where Rosenbloom’s record-setting performance ranks among individual achievements. “He was an animal on the boards obviously, but he was also a huge factor on offense when Zach was in foul trouble.”

The 24 rebounds broke Stacy Pearson-Taylor’s record of 20 set in 2006. The all-time NSIC record is 32.

“I had the same approach as any other night,” Rosenbloom said. “I just wanted to take care of business inside. Chasing down balls and flying around down there is what I am supposed to do.”

In addition to the rebound record, Rosenbloom’s 21 points was not only a career-high, but also contributed to the school’s only recorded 20-point, 20-rebound game.

After averaging just 5.1 points per game last season as a junior and having a career-high of 14 points in a game, Rosenbloom is averaging 13.1 points per contest in his senior campaign to go with his NSIC-best 11.4 rebounds per game.

“Last year was a totally new system for him,” Boschee said of his senior’s improvement. “It is a system that requires the posts to be able to do a number of things. Last spring he worked a lot on his footwork and inside moves and it has really showed.”

“We lost a lot of key scorers from last year,” Rosenbloom added. “We needed people to step up and fill the void, so I am just trying to do my part.”

Rosenbloom’s effort has propelled the Beavers to a 6-1 start and their first 3-0 start in NSIC play since the 2004-05 season.

“It feels good to build confidence and have something to go off of,” Rosenbloom said of the hot start. “But in this league it is not about how you start, it is how you finish.”

Rosenbloom and Bemidji State will look to continue its success as it travels to MSU Moorhead and Northern State for its first two-game road trip of the season.

“They are both really good teams,” Boschee said. “Moorhead is one of the deeper teams in this conference and they all have different skill sets. We have to make plays throughout the game and execute at the end to give ourselves a chance.”

Last season, both the Dragons and Wolves handed the visiting Beavers a double-digit loss.

“Anytime you go into a weekend, you want to win,” Rosenbloom added. “This Moorhead and Northern trip is a tough one for everybody in our conference so we need to play our best in order to win.”