Bemidji State cruises to 20-point win at MSU-Moorhead
Friday, February 13, 2004
Feb. 13, 2004

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- [box score] Northern State was looming on the horizon, but the Bemidji State men's basketball team did not overlook a feisty Minnesota State, Moorhead team tonight. The Beavers shot a season-best 58 percent, winning 77-57 at the Alex Nemzek Hall tonight. BSU travels to Northern State for a show-down tomorrow against the top two teams in the league. BSU, which has won 11 of its last 12 contests, betters to 16-7 and 11-1 in the league. The Dragons fall to 11-12 and 4-8 in the NSIC.

The 11-1 league start for BSU is the best for an NSIC team since SW Minnnesota State went 13-0 to open up the 2000-01 season.

After a quick three-pointer by MSU-M's Chris Anderson, BSU senior Charles Hanks scored four of his team's first six points to get the BSU offense rolling. With the score tied at six apiece, a trey by junior Sherwin Johnson ignited a 15-5 run as BSU shot an impressive 70 percent in the first 20 minutes.

The guests held a 45-29 lead at the half limiting the Dragons to 40 percent shooting. MSU-Moorhead received a lay-up by Rob Sullivan to bring the count to 20-26 but BSU scored 19 of the half's final 28 points.

After gaining a 60-37 lead left in the 12:33 left in the second half, the Beavers maintained a double-digit advantage for the contest.

The Dragons made a slight push going on a 7-1 spurt to trail by 14 at 55-69. After a Beaver time-out, the guests put the game away beginning with a foul shot by junior James Roberson, another trifecta by Johnson and a bucket by sophomore Kenneth Pointer to go up 75-55. The Beavers were able to run the clock out with just under five minutes remaining.

BSU shot a season-high 50 percent (nine-of-18) from three point land and led a 36-20 rebounding edge. Also, the Beavers were (.800) from the charity stripe compared to just three-of-eight (.375) for the Dragons. MSU-M shot 41 percent overall.

Hanks recorded a game-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the year. Freshman Martez Young contributed 13 points, tying a season-high. Roberson added nine assists and eight points and only had one turnover at the point guard position.

MSU-Moorhead was led in the scoring column by Rob Sullivan with 17 points while Eric Prchal chipped in 13 and Chris Anderson 12.

Looking to distance themselves from the second spot, the league-leading Beavers visit Northern State tomorrow for a 8:00 p.m. tip-off. BSU has won the last two meetings in Northern State as the Wolves are just one-game back of the Beavers. The radio broadcast will be carried live on KBSB-FM90 with Josh Harvey and Chad Waller.

NOTE: With a 74-76 overall record against MSU-Moorhead, BSU holds the most wins in the series than any other opponent; BSU has now won five out of the last six meetings...BSU entered the game ranked No. 10 in the North Central Region, just the second time in school history...BSU is enjoying one of its most successful eras in school history with a three-year victory total of 50 wins - the 1971-74 teams recorded 52 victories....Since 2000, the Beavers are 17-8 in the month of February...Charles Hanks moved into sixth-place on the BSU career rebounding list - he sits with 545 career rebounds...With four games remaining, the Beavers have assured themselves of a first-round playoff game at the BSU Gymnasium for the NSIC Tournament...BSU was without the services of junior Ian Atkins who is sidelined 1-2 weeks with an injured foot.