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BSU basketball team kicks off 2012-13 season Nov. 16

The Bemidji State University menís basketball team will hit the court to kick off its 2012-13 season Nov. 16 against in an exhibition against Pac-12 opponent Colorado. The Beavers have a 26-game slate on the docket, including the opportunity to defend their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular-season championship during the rigors of the 22-game league schedule that includes two new opponents.

Last season the Beavers made a trek to Colorado to do battle with Metro State College (Denver) and University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. This season, both those teams will head to Winona, Minn. and the Beavers will play UCCS Nov. 16 and Metro State Nov. 17 at McCown Gymnasium. BSU fell to then-No. 10 Metro State 71-60 before downing UC-Colorado Springs 77-69 in last seasonís meetings.

The BSU menís basketball team concluded the 2011-12 season with a program-best 22-9 record and made its second appearance in the NCAA tournament in program history. The Beavers finished the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season with a 16-6 record and the NSIC regular season championship. BSU lost three players to graduation at the conclusion of last season, including All-American James Ellisor and all-region selection and all-time assist leader Bryce Tesdahl. On the flip side, the Beavers are returning a core group of student-athletes, including 2012 NSIC Newcomer of the Year Dermaine Crockrell.

The 2012-13 schedule will be the first for new head coach Mike Boschee, who was announced the programís 16th head coach in July.

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Avon |56310| Zach Noreen, junior, business, forward
Crosby |56441| Brock Tesdahl, sophomore, physical education
Maple Grove |55369| Dan Lochner, freshman, accounting, center
St. Paul |55119| Maxie Rosenbloom, junior, business, forward

Mesa |85203| Dermaine Crockrell, senior, sport management, guard
Phoenix |85042| Jason Edwards, senior, business, guard
Sherwood |54169| Jake Schalow, junior, physical education

Palm Springs |92240| Dillon Floyd, sophomore, business administration, forward

Eleva |54738| Lance Rongstad, senior, biology, guard/forwad
Milton |53563| Mason Walters, senior, business, forward

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesotaís lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.