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MEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU looks to stay hot on the road

BEMIDJI — The BSU men’s basketball enters this weekend’s road trip in first place in the NSIC north division and is riding a five-game winning streak.

Despite the success, head coach Mike Boschee still looks to see steady improvement from his team during their swing through North Dakota to take on University of Mary and Minot State.

The Beavers (12-4, 9-3 NSIC) travel to Bismarck, N.D., for an 8 p.m. game against U-Mary today before heading to Minot, N.D., to take on Minot State at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“From my perspective, it is nice to win games, but I would not necessarily say we have been playing great,” Boschee said. “We have a lot of things to improve on and we have shown the guys the film, so hopefully we can keep improving.

“It is nice when you are able to still win, even when you are not playing as well as you want.”

U-Mary is coming off a sweep over St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth last weekend. The wins were the first two in conference play for the Marauders (4-13, 2-10 NSIC) after an 0-10 start.

“They are a quality team with quality players,” Boschee said. “They may have found a rotation or things may have just started clicking for them. They usually have a pretty big crowd there, so we will have to rise to the occasion.”

Minot State also enters the weekend with a 2-10 record in NSIC play and has lost its last six contests. The Beavers are 6-10 overall.

Even with the 2-10 record, Boschee and the BSU players remember the 86-76 loss in Minot last season.

“They have a lot of athletes there and are another quality team,” Boschee said. “E.J. Williams is a guard that we had a lot of trouble with last year and we will have to try to contain him somehow this time.

“There is no easy game in this conference. Some teams have to lose more than others, but it will not be an easy one. Hopefully our guys can play well in somebody else’s gym.”