Bemidji State Thrills Crowd With 87-85 Win Over UND
Saturday, November 15, 2003
Nov. 15, 2003

BEMIDJI, MINN. -- Behind an energetic crowd and balanced scoring, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team tipped off the 2003-04 season by defeating North Dakota, 87-85, at the BSU Gymnasium. Six Beavers notched at least nine points with senior Charles “Buster” Hanks and sophomore Kenneth Pointer each recording 14. The win over the Fighting Sioux snaps a five-game skid in the series.

After leading the country with 11.7 three-pointers per game in 2002-03, Bemidji State hit that average, going 12-of-27 (.444) from deep tonight.

Despite Hanks being plagued with foul trouble throughout, the Beavers got great contributions from first-year players James Roberson, Martez Young and Amir Major. Roberson recorded 12 points and a game-high six assists at the point guard spot. Young and Major came off the bench to provide 10 and five points, respectively. Young was an efficient four-of-five from the field while Major grabbed a team-high seven boards.

Neither team saw a double-digit lead at any point in the game. North Dakota led by as many as eight at 30-22 with 6:30 left in the first stanza. After a trifecta by Young and a bucket by Pointer, the Beavers crawled back; they ended the half with a 15-6 run. The hosts led going into the locker room, 37-36.

A long range bomb by senior Adam Daley capped a 16-7 run that put BSU up 62-55 with 10:56 remaining in the second. That was the largest Beaver advantage. From there, the Fighting Sioux countered with a 25-15 spurt to take a 80-77 lead. Six straight points from Hanks gave the advantage back over to the Beavers for good with 1:49 left. UND’s Jade Jahner had an opportunity to tie the contest from the foul line with six seconds left, but missed both attempts as the Beavers won for the fifth straight time at home, dating back to the 2002-03 season.

For game totals, Clements chipped in 12 points with two three’s. Daley, who has hit on a three-point field goal in 19 straight games, came away with nine points and four assists.

The Beavers shot just 43.5 percent from the field while North Dakota went 30-for-62 (.484). Free throws played an important role as both squads struggled; UND went 20-of-34 (.588) while BSU was 15-of-26 (.577) for the game.

The Fighting Sioux received great scoring by Todd Rypkema and Caro Nobles. Rypkema, who fouled out late in the game, recorded a game-high 23 points while Nobles had 22.

Bemidji State will participate at the Pittsburg (Kan.) State Tournament next weekend, Nov. 21-22 in Pittsburg, Kan. Pittsburg State is the first opponent, Friday at 8:00 p.m. while Missouri Southern squares off against the Beavers, Saturday at 6:0 p.m.

NOTE: In the overall series, North Dakota still leads to the tune of a 22-8 all-time edge...The Beavers have now won five consecutive season-openers, with three of those coming at home...Despite shooting for a lower percentage than their opponent, the Beavers win for the first time since they defeated Northern State, Feb. 15, 2002 where they shot just .450 compared to .500 by NSU - BSU was 0-19 before tonight when shooting lower than the opposition...BSU head coach Jeff Guiot is one win shy of 200 wins in his collegiate coaching career, which spans seven seasons at junior college and two-plus years at BSU.