Beavers Use Long Range Shot to Down Dragons, 74-62
Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Jan. 13, 2004

BEMIDJI, MINN. -- Streaking to its 10th straight NSIC regular season victory, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team avenged a season-ending loss to Minnesota State, Moorhead last year with a 74-62 triumph over the Dragons tonight at the BSU Gymnasium. The win also marked the seventh straight at home over NSIC competition.

Junior Sherwin Johnson led all scorers with 22 points, canning five-of-six treys. As a team, BSU hit on 13-of-28 (.464) from deep. Senior Charles Hanks posted his 12th career double-double with 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds.

The Beavers, which came into the game fifth in three-pointers per game (10.4) in NCAA rankings, moves to 10-6 overall and a league-best 5-0. Meanwhile, MSU-Moorhead falls to 10-6 and 3-2 in conference standings.

The hosts struggled from the field before taking a 20-19 lead at the 6:51 mark in the first, a lead they would never relinquish. BSU was just eight-of-19 (.421), including five straight misses during one stretch, before its lead. A jumper by Johnson ignited a 21-10 half-ending run to put the Beavers up 31-25 after the first 20 minutes.

MSU-M’s Deandre Buchanan scored the second half’s first basket to bring his club to within four at 31-27, but thanks to a 11-4 BSU run, the Beavers took back the momentum. From there, Johnson made sure the Dragons would never threaten.

Johnson got red-hot, hitting four of his three’s in a span of 3:09, to increase BSU’s margin to 18 at 68-50 with 4:40 remaining. MSU-M made good on three late long range bombs in the final 1:44 to close out the scoring.

Both programs hit on 46 percent of their shots but BSU held a 18-point edge from beyond the arc. BSU was five-of-13 (.385), while MSU-Moorhead was just three-of-five (.600) from the foul line. The Beavers held a slight 38-31 edge on the glass.

Sophomore Kenneth Pointer, who had 11 points at the half, finished with 14. Senior guard Adam Daley came away with 15 points with four treys; it was his eighth straight 10-plus point effort.

For the Dragons, Buchanan topped the club with 16 points while Ben Aalto and Chris Anderson ended up with 12 apiece.

The Beavers finish up its season-long home stretch with contests against Wayne State and SW Minnesota State this weekend. The Wildcats visit BSU Gymnasium this Friday while SMSU and BSU battles Saturday. Both games tip-off at 8:00 p.m

NOTE: Extending their winning streak to three at home against the Dragons, BSU now sits 73-76 in the all-time series...The five consecutive NSIC wins is the best to start a campaign since the 1971-72 club won its first eight league contests when BSU was a member of the Northern Intercollegiate Conference...The BSU offense had a slow start, scoring 31 points in the first half - it was the least amount at home since it went for 27 against Winona State, Feb. 23, 2002...The Beavers have won five straight overall on the season, the longest since a six-game streak last February and March...Adam Daley has canned at least three treys in each of his last six games after four tonight...Charles Hanks, who has notched 10-plus points in all 16 games this season, pushed past Brian Weierke for eighth-place on the BSU Career Rebounding List, he stands with 475, just 23 away from the seventh spot...The 13 BSU three-pointers ties a season-high and is the sixth straight effort of 10 or more...With a 19-14 advantage in assists, BSU has now gone seven consecutive contests with more dimes than the opposition.