Beavers Knocked Out 104-90 by Nebraska-Kearney
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Mar. 13, 2004

DENVER, Colo. -- At the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball North Central Regional, Nebraska-Kearney shot 63 percent in the second half and had five scorers in double-figures, getting past Bemidji State, 104-90, this afternoon at the Auraria Events Center. No. 1 seed Metro State is the host.

It was a competitive first half as the largest lead for either team was seven points by BSU. BSU enjoyed a 42-39 halftime edge thanks to 50 percent shooting and 10 points and seven rebounds by senior Preseason All-American selection Charles Hanks.

The Beavers, which came into the game as the No. 7 seed in the region. ended their season 20-10 overall while the ‘Lopers, who are ranked No. 7 in the national poll, improve to 27-4.

“First off, I want to congratulate and wish the best of luck to Nebraska-Kearney,” said head coach Jeff Guiot in his post-game interview. “I hate to see the season end but I am very proud of this (BSU) team.

“When you score 90 points, you’re usually going to win some games. But defensively in the second half, I was disappointed with not being able to stop them from scoring.”

The second half was a different story as UNK came out on fire, hitting on 63 percent of its shots in the final 20 minutes. A pivotal point of the game came when junior guard James Roberson went down with an ankle injury - the same mishap that forced Roberson to miss two games earlier this season. At that juncture, the score was knotted at 49-49 with 16:50 remaining in the game.

Connecting on seven-of-eight from the floor including six straight from the foul line, the ‘Lopers went on a 23-11 run after the Roberson injury to take a 72-60 advantage. They extended the lead to as much as 20 at 104-84 with 2:30 left and ran out the clock from there.

The Beavers did not play like it was their first appearance in the regional tournament in the early going. Back-to-back jumpers by Hanks and sophomore Kenneth Pointergave the Beavers a 13-10 lead with 15:18 left in the first half. UNK countered with a 16-9 to grab back the lead at 26-22. Thanks to a three-pointer by Roberson, BSU enjoyed its largest lead (seven) at 38-31 with 3:58 to go. At one point during that 16-5 burst, the Beavers rattled in six straight baskets.

For the game, the Beavers shot 50 percent from the field while UNK went 55 percent, including 63 percent in the second half. The ‘Lopers were able to out-score BSU 27-5 from the charity stripe, going 27-of-42; BSU was just five-of-nine. BSU tied a season-high with 24 assists.

Hanks, who set the school season mark for field goals (246), went off for 34 points and 17 rebounds on 16-of-22 shooting. His 17 rebounds set a personal-best and the double-double was the 17th of his career. Freshman Martez Young posted a career-high 15 points and Roberson ended with nine points and 11 assists in 22 minutes of action before he went down with the ankle injury.

For the ‘Lopers, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Player of the Year Nick Branting totaled 26 points to lead five players in double-figures. Brian Dunagan added 20 points and five assists while Dusty Jura chipped in 14 points and 10 rebounds.

The Beavers end their season with the most wins (20) in school history and their first trip to the NCAA Regionals.

UNK will face No. 6 seed South Dakota in tomorrow’s semifinal round; USD defeated No. 3 Nebraska-Omaha in the early game.

NOTE: This game marked the second meeting between the two clubs; UNK won the previous affair, 97-90, Jan. 4, 1992...Three of UNK’s four losses this season came against No. 1 Metro State...The 104 points allowed ties a BSU opponent season high...The 17 rebounds by Charles Hanks ties the fifth-best mark for a single-game output and falls one shy of the school record set by Scott Kramer in 1993-94...Earlier this week, Charles Hanks was named to the Daktronics All-North Central Region First Team, the first in reported history...With his 34 points, Hanks moves to second on the season scoring chart as he finished with 616 and recorded 230 season rebounds, fifth highest at BSU...The Beavers dropped their second straight contest after leading at the half - they were 18-0 before the losing streak...As a team, BSU set the single season record for field goals made (915), field goals attempted (1,913) and rebounds (1,110)...James Roberson finished the year with 167 assists, the most in a season for any Beaver.