Beavers Lose For First Time in Over a Month
Saturday, January 24, 2004
[box score]

Jan. 24, 2004

DULUTH, Minn. -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball squad narrowly missed out on extending their perfect start in league play as it stumbled to Minnesota Duluth, 87-83 this afternoon at Romano Gymnasium. The Beavers had rolled out to an unblemished 7-0 NSIC record before the affair. The last loss occurred against North Dakota, Dec. 14 in the final non-conference battle.

The Beavers, which got their 12-game NSIC regular season winning streak snapped, fell to 12-7 overall and 7-1 in the league. The Bulldogs better to 11-8 overall and 4-4 in the NSIC.

Sophomore Kenneth Pointer broke a 1:35 BSU scoring drought to open up the game - UM-Duluth led 5-2 at that point. After getting down 13-15 with a trey by UM-D’s Sean Seaman, BSU’s offense started to click. A three-pointer by junior Sherwin Johnson and bucket by Pointer ignited a 10-3 run.

A trifecta by senior Adam Daley raised the BSU lead to eight at 26-18, however, senior Charles Hanks was whistled for his second personal foul at the 7:33 mark and went to the bench. At that point, the Bulldogs crawled back thanks to a long range bomb by Dusty Decker cut the margin to one at 30-29.

Hanks checked back in around the five minute mark. A basket by Decker gave the hosts its third lead of the half at 33-32. Then, a dunk by Seaman brought the crowd to its feet and gave the Bulldogs a 39-34 advantage with 2:10 remaining.

The Beavers, which trailed 42-38 for the first time since its last loss against North Dakota, Dec. 14, were led by Hanks with 10 points in the first 20 minutes. UM-D shot at a 54 percent clip while BSU was just 15-of-36 for 42 percent.

In the second half, a three-point play by Seaman ballooned the UMD lead to seven at 45-38. The guests tied it at 45-45 after a steal and fast-break lay-up by Daley. Again the Bulldogs pushed up the lead to eight with a three-pointer, forcing the Beavers into a stoppage of play with 13:50 remaining.

A shot from downtown by senior Jamal Clements halted a 9-0 Bulldog run. The score stood 50-58 at that juncture. Despite the sharp shooting of Roberson and his mates, the Beavers could only trim the deficit to two at 67-69. Roberson hit three treys and totaled 11 points during a 17-11 run.

Pointer notched the count at 72-72 around the five-minute mark with a trey of his own. His second three-pointer silenced the crowd tying the score at 81-81 with 1:28 remaining. That shot followed a running one-handed flip in the lane by Seaman as he converted the foul attempt for a three-point play.

In the final minute and a half, Decker took control hitting on a three-pointer and a lay-up to give UMD a 86-83 lead. With the shot clock winding down, UMD’s Ryan Breidenach attempted a contested shot in the lane, but the ball glazed the rim and in turn reset the shot clock. The Bulldogs fought for the rebound and Decker was sent to the free throw line with seven seconds left. Decker made his second attempt to give his club a 87-83 cushion.

For the game, BSU shot 51 percent including 14-of-29 (.483) from three-point land. The Bulldogs hit on 54 percent of their shots and out-scored the Beavers 17-7 from the charity stripe. Also, UM-D won the rebounding battle, 34-26.

Junior James Roberson, who started today after sitting out the contest against SW Minnesota State Saturday, looked early and often to get his offense going. The Lincoln Junior College transfer finished with 17 points. Hanks came away with his 13th career double-double and fourth of the season with 18 points and 11 boards. Daley chipped in 13 points, Pointer 12 and Johnson 10 to cap the double-digit scoring column.

Seaman netted a career-high 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Decker ended with 25 points on four-of-seven from downtown.

Next up, BSU invades Minnesota-Crookston Saturday, Jan. 31 for a 8:00 p.m. contest.

NOTE: The two teams have battled to a 76-33 mark in the overall series, in favor of Minnesota Duluth...The seven consecutive NSIC wins was 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...Charles Hanks has scored in double figures in 19 straight games, the longest such streak for a Beaver player since Kevin Nichols posted 10-plus points in all 26 of his games in 1993-94...The Beavers lose the assists battle (21-23) for the first time in the last 10 contests...The starting line-up of Roberson, Johnson, Daley, Pointer and Hanks was a perfect 6-0 before this afternoon...There was an eight-minute delay after tip-off due to technical problems to the shot clock...The Bulldogs only dressed eight players today.