Beavers Shoot Well, But Get Out-Scored From Foul Line
Saturday, November 29, 2003
Nov. 29, 2003

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BROOKINGS, SD. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team held a 57 percent (33-of-58) shooting mark from the field, but was out-scored seven-of-30 from the foul line, as No. 3 South Dakota upended the Beavers, 88-79. The game took place at the South Dakota State Thanksgiving Classic.

South Dakota improved to 4-0 on the season while Bemidji State fell to 3-3 overall, with its third straight setback.

Balanced scoring again was the norm as senior forward Charles Hanks led five Beavers in double-figures with 16. Junior Amir Major ended with his first Beaver double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Jackrabbits never trailed, opening up a 21-10 lead at the 12:18 minute mark. After a Bemidji State time-out, the Beavers went on a 11-2 spurt after a made basket by Hanks. But thanks to 18 points from USD’s Josh Mueller in the first half, the ‘Jacks led 44-36 at intermission.

BSU trimmed the deficit to five with 40 seconds remaining after one of Kenneth Pointer’s five buckets. He finished with 14 points on five-of-nine shooting. However, Mueller connected on two free throws and Doug Hanson hit a lay-up to wrap up the scoring.

For the game, BSU hit on six-of-16 three-pointers. The Green and White came into the game hitting an average of 13 trifectas per contest. USD went for 43 percent (26-of-61), but shot 30-of-37 (.811) from the charity stripe.

BSU held a 38-30 rebounding advantage with Hanks grabbing eight to Major’s 10. The Beavers totaled a season-high 21 assists but turned the ball over 22 times.

Playing a season-high 21 minutes, junior Shaw Bellmon posted career-highs of 12 points and six assists. Senior Adam Daley, who has hit one or more three-pointer in 24 straight games, added 10 points.

Mueller finished the night with 27 points, 10 of which came from the free throw line. Derek Paben came off the bench to contribute 23 points; he helped USD hold a 40-32 bench-scoring edge.

The busiest stretch awaits the Beavers with five road games in a stretch of 13 days. First up, BSU invades Wisconsin-Superior Monday, Dec. 1 for a 7:00 p.m. contest. Then, it travels to North Dakota State Friday, Dec. 5 and St. Cloud State Sunday, Dec. 7.

NOTE: The Beavers and Coyotes now stand 1-1 in the overall series with BSU winning Dec. 9, 1966...The six BSU three-pointers marks the lowest amount since it recorded five against Wayne State (Neb.), Feb. 1, 2003...The 57 percent (33-of-58) shooting mark is the highest in a BSU loss since it went for 60 percent (33-of-55) against St. Cloud State, Dec. 5, 2002...The 30 free throws by USD is the most for an opposition since Winona State had 33, Feb. 23, 2002...South Dakota was without Preseason First Team All-American Tommie King; he will be eligible to play second semester...Charles Hanks sits with 1,101 career points, needing just 57 to move into the school’s Top 10 list.