Bemidi State Falls 69-60 to St. Cloud State
Sunday, December 7, 2003
Dec. 7, 2003

[box score]

ST. CLOUD, MINN. -- Senior forward Charles Hanks’ 17 second half points was not enough for the Bemidji State men’s basketball team as it dropped a 69-60 decision to St. Cloud State tonight at Halenbeck Hall.

The Beavers drop to 4-5 on the year while the Huskies improve to 7-1.

Hanks recorded 21 points to tie for game-high honors. Senior Adam Daley hit for a season-high 14 points and extended his streak of made three-pointers to 27 games with two from long range.

BSU led right out of the gates, earning a 8-6 advantage after two baskets by Hanks; the Chicago, Ill., native was held scoreless for the rest of the half. The Huskies then responded with a 24-12 run to head into halftime with a 30-20 lead. After a three-pointer by junior James Roberson cut the deficit to 13-16, SCSU held BSU without a field goal for a 3:34 stretch.

In the second half, a shot from deep by sophomore Kenneth Pointer capped a 19-14 BSU spurt that brought the score at 44-39 in favor of SCSU. That was as close as the Beavers would get as the Huskies maintained a double-digit lead for 10:27 of the final 10:53. Two straight BSU treys in the final 1:01 ended the scoring.

Both clubs hit on 22 field goals but SCSU held a slight advantage in the percentage department (47-39). The hosts out-gained the Beavers 20-8 from the foul line, the ninth straight opponent to out-score BSU in that category. The guests were able to hit on eight three-pointers for 28 percent while the Huskies shot five-of-18 (.278) from behind the arc.

Junior Sherwin Johnson snatched a team-high eight rebounds and chipped in six points for the visitors.

Only eight players saw action for the Huskies with Alex Carlson leading the team with 21 points and four assists. Matt Siegle added 15 points on six-of-10 shooting.

The Beavers stay on the road for two contests next week. First, they visit St. Scholastica, Tuesday, Dec. 9 for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off. Then, North Dakota welcomes BSU Friday, Dec. 12. That game will begin at 6:00 p.m.

NOTE: In the all-time series with the Huskies, BSU is 40-82 overall after the loss; SCSU has swiped the last nine meetings...The Beavers are now 17-8 when Charles Hanks scores 20 or more points in a single contest...Hanks now has tied or led the team in scoring in seven of nine games this season...BSU drops to 1-12 against North Central Conference schools since 2000...The 20 first-half BSU points is the least since it posted 17 against Winona State, Jan. 18, 2002...BSU has connected on eight or more three-pointers in seven of the nine games in 2003-04...With a 14-5 edge in bench scoring, the Beavers have out-scored the opposition’s bench in seven of the nine games this year; they stand 4-3 in those contests...Shaw Bellmon and Adam Daley earned their first starts this season; Bellmon ended with two points and four rebounds in 12 minutes...Bemidji State began slow in 2002-03 opening with a 4-7 record, but won 13 of its final 18 to finish 17-12.