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MORE ROAD CHALLENGES: BSU men's hoops team continues road trip seeking longest winning streak in 40 years

BSU point guard Michael Farrington shoots a three-pointer during a recent game against MSU-Moorhead. File Photo | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — The BSU men’s basketball team has won its last seven games overall — the longest streak in nearly a decade — and has won four straight on the road, but this weekend it will face one of its toughest road trips of the 2013-14 season.

The trip begins at 8 p.m. tonight against Southwest Minnesota State (13-7, 10-4 NSIC) in Marshall.

The Mustangs are 8-2 at home this season with wins over Winona State, Northern State and MSU Moorhead.

Saturday’s contest with Sioux Falls (9-9, 6-8 NSIC) does not get any easier. The Cougars are 8-3 at home this season with wins over SMSU, Winona State and MSU Moorhead.

“It is a really tough road trip,” Boschee said. “Winona State and MSU Moorhead both tried it and lost both games. They both play really well at home, so we have to find a way to play at a high level as individuals and hopefully that will make us better as a team.”

This weekend’s games will wrap up a four-game road trip for the Beavers. They defeated University of Mary 68-59 and used a late run to pull away from Minot State and win 84-68.

“Every game we play is a tough game,” Boschee said. “Minot provided a lot of matchup problems for us and they have been in a lot of close games. We are not going to be at the top of our game every time we play.”

“I think we are a target now,” Boschee added. “We are going to get everybody’s best and it took us a little while to respond to the adversity.”

However, with a win tonight, the Beavers (14-4, 11-3 NSIC) will have their longest winning streak since the 1973 team won eight in a row.

The longest winning streak in program history is 14 games, which Beaver teams have done two times — once in 1951-52 and again in 1966-67.