Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team has a tough task ahead of them this weekend, facing off at home with 11-7 Northern State and 19-2 MSU Moorhead, but the team knows how it will have success. The weekend begins with an 8 p.m. Friday matchup against the Wolves. And then the No. 7 Dragons will come to town on Saturday, squaring off with BSU at 6 p.m. Bemidji State hasn’t beaten either team in two years.
MANKATO — Ben Best’s step-back, fade-away three pointer that hit nothing to open up the game was just foreshadowing of what was to come: things were just going to go the Beavers’ way Friday night. The Bemidji State men’s basketball team grinded away for a 75-74 overtime victory over Minnesota State, Mankato Friday behind Calvin Harrington’s 19 points and eight rebounds.
BEMIDJI — The Bemdiji State women’s basketball team will need all hands on deck as it heads on the road this weekend. The Beavers will face Minnesota State Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul on Friday and Saturday, respectively, and will have a chance to eclipse last season’s win total in doing so. BSU finished last season 6-22 overall, including a 3-19 mark in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. That put them last in the North Division. But this year, there’s already been improvements early in head coach Chelsea DeVille’s first season.
BEMIDJI — It was around this time last season that the Bemidji State men’s basketball team had the wheels fall off. The Beavers are 7-7 this year, just like they were at one point last year, but that BSU team hit January and fell in 14 of its final 15 contests, finishing with a record of 8-19. But to head coach Mike Boschee, he isn’t worried about finding this team in a similar trend. “It’s nothing about what happened last year,” Boschee said. “It really has nothing to do with 365 days ago. It’s really about this group working towards the present.”
BEMIDJI — Though the Bemidji State men’s basketball team and Minnesota Crookston traded baskets for much of the game, the top difference-maker in the battle was wearing green and white. William Harvey exploded for 28 points and 13 rebounds off the bench, guiding the Beavers to a 72-65 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory to close out the calendar year. Harvey scored the game’s first five points within the first minute and a half of action, and BSU jumped out to a 7-0 lead.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team will be taking the court for the final time in 2015 tonight, and the team is focused on finishing out the year strong. Last season, the Beavers dropped their final contest of the calendar year to Minnesota Crookston, and went on to finish the 2014-15 campaign as losers of 15 of the last 17. But the year before, BSU won its final December matchup, and then rattled off eight straight wins in January.
BEMIDJI — A familiar foe awaits the Bemidji State women’s basketball team Friday night, as Minnesota Crookston travels to BSU for a rematch of a Nov. 28 matchup, where the Beavers were handed a 28-point loss — their first, and worst, of the season. “They’re a great team, but I don’t think we were anywhere near what we could show,” head coach Chelsea DeVille said of the teams’ first meeting. “The first time we played them, we didn’t play too well,” junior guard Allison Cordes added.
BEMIDJI—The Bemidji State men's basketball team had a mountain to climb after falling behind 10-0 to Wayne State within the game's first three minutes, but the Beavers (5-4, 2-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) battled back, and eventually pulled away for the 79-69 victory. "We were missing bunnies, missing layups, putbacks," Bemidji State junior Ben Best said of the cold start. "We just weren't finishing through the contact." BSU played from behind throughout the entire first half, facing a deficit as large as 11.
BEMIDJI—Tatum Sheley didn't waste much time getting the Bemidji State women's basketball team off to a hot start Saturday. Sheley scored 13 points in the opening quarter, propelling BSU (5-4; 1-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) into what turned into a tight 68-65 victory over Wayne State (5-5;2-3 NSIC). "She let it fly and she was attacking," head coach Chelsea DeVille said of Sheley.
BEMIDJI -- The lead that the Bemidji State men’s basketball team held against No. 2 Augustana Friday night didn’t last long. William Harvey scored the game’s first two points, but the Vikings proved their dominance throughout the rest of the contest, winning 91-61. In response to Harvey’s jumper, Augustana scored the next 11 points -- six coming from threes by the Vikings’ 6-foot, 9-inch Daniel Jansen. Augie’s lead continued to grow, and an 8-0 run brought the score to 28-11 in favor of the Vikings.