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Bemidji State basketball teams begin four-game road trip at St. Cloud State

The Bemidji State University men's and women's basketball teams begin a four-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference road trip today with contests at St. Cloud State.

The women tip off at 6 p.m. and the men at 8. Saturday the Beavers visit Concordia-St. Paul, with the women starting at 4 p.m. and the men at 6.

The Bemidji State men are 7-6 overall and 4-5 in NSIC play to sit in 10th in the league. BSU is coming off a 1-1 home conference weekend, falling to Augustana 69-67 before defeating Wayne State 63-53.

The Beavers had halftime leads in both games, but a 29-14 run by Augie in the first 13 minutes of the second half gave it a 12 point lead. BSU maintained its lead at the half against the Wildcats, en route to holding its opponent to the lowest score this season. Junior James Ellisor led the Beavers on the weekend averaging 14 points and 8.5 rebounds. He recorded his third double-double of the season against WSC, scoring 14 points and adding a season-high 13 rebounds.

Head coach Matt Bowen has increased BSU's win total every season over his past four years. The Beavers won five games in his first campaign, six in his second, eight in 2008-09 and 12 last season.

In his first 13 games as a Beaver, Ellisor is leading the team in scoring with 17.2 points and 6.8 rebounds in 30.8 minutes, while shooting 54.1 percent from the field and going 49 for 60 from the line.

Junior Bryce Tesdahl is second in the league in assists and his 298 career assists rank third on BSU's career list (1976-present). He needs 17 assists to surpass David Lee's school record mark set from 1984-88.

The Beavers are the No. 7 Division II team in the nation in free throw percentage at 78.1 percent.

The BSU women are coming off a weekend in which it pulled off the upset of No. 21 Augustana last Saturday. BSU was unable to follow-up the performance on Sunday and lost to No. 9 Wayne State.

The Beavers got strong performances from several players on the weekend led by senior Colleen McKay who averaged 16 points and nine rebounds in two games. Fellow senior Anna Hebrink was also key for BSU against No. 21 Augustana as she poured in four threes to help her to 18 points against Augie.

St. Cloud State University enters the weekend with a 7-6 record and Concordia is 5-8.

The daughter of Bemidji State men's basketball's all-time leading scorer David Lee, Morgan Lee, is beginning to make more and more of an impact for the Beavers as her freshman season progresses.

Lee has seen an increased amount of playing time over the last few games for the Beavers.

Last week Lee tallied a career-high 15 points against Minnesota Duluth and also added 11 points in BSU's upset of No. 21 Augustana. The two scoring performances served as Lee's first double-figure scoring outings for BSU.

Bemidji State has lost their last eight games on the road dating back to Jan. 29, 2010 when it defeated Minnesota State at the Taylor Center, 71-69. The Beavers are 0-3 in road games this year.