Beavers Move to 2-0 With Win Over Missouri Southern
Friday, November 21, 2003
Nov. 21, 2003

PITTSBURG, KAN. -- Bemidji State head coach Jeff Guiot picked up collegiate career win No. 200 (junior college and NCAA DII) as his Beavers took down Missouri Southern, 97-80 tonight at the Pepsi-Edge3D Classic hosted by Pittsburg State (KS). The win improves BSU to 2-0 on the year, the first since the 1997-98 season.

Senior Jamal Clements netted a personal-best 25 points with seven three-pointers. The Beavers held the Lions to 35 percent shooting for the game. On the flip side, BSU went 35-of-70 (.500) including 14-of-29 (.483) from deep.

After trailing by 11 early (16-5), their largest deficit of the game, the Beavers used a 39-21 run to close out the first half. At one point, BSU scored 10 straight. Clements already had 14 points at the half as the guests led 44-37.

Bemidji State held a 69-48 lead at the 12:53 mark of the second frame before the Lions closed to within 11 at 76-65. But a three-point play by junior Sherwin Johnson and a tri-fecta by freshman Martez Young ignited a 10-2 spurt to put the game out of reach.

Beside the cold shooting within the arc, the Lions of MSU went just six-of-26 from deep (.231).

Senior Charles Hanks chipped in 16 points for the Beavers on six-of-12 shooting. Young and Johnson added 13 points apiece, both personal bests. Junior point guard James Roberson followed up his 12 point, six assist BSU debut last Saturday with 11 points and six assists tonight. He went a perfect six-of-six from the free throw line. Junior Amir Major grabbed a BSU-best eight boards.

The Lions were led by the 23 point production by Hiram Ocasio. Deon Rose tallied 12 points while Darrell Redmond had 10.

Bemidji State wraps up tournament action tomorrow in Pittsburg, Kan. as it battles host school Pittsburg State (Kan.), at 8:00 p.m. Guiot returns to his alma mater where he was an NAIA All-American from 1985-87.

NOTE: Leading the country in three’s per contest (11.7) last season, BSU has dropped in 13 per game this year; also, the Beavers have hit on five or more three’s in 37 straight...Coach Jeff Guiot has compiled a 200-83 (.707) in his 10th overall seasons - he spent seven years at Neosho County CC (Kan.) before coming to Bemidji State...The 1997-98 club won its first four of the year...Jamal Clements old career-high was 20 points vs Winona State (3/5/03) - he has broken the 10-point barrier in seven straight games...The seven three’s by Clements is the most since Adam Daley had eight vs. Concordia-St. Paul (2/28/03)...The contest with MSU, a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association member, is the first for Bemidji State in nearly eight years vs. an MIAA opponent; BSU lost to Emporia State (Kan.), 79-64, Dec. 29, 1995.