Spencer Carter Lifts BSU to 70-58 Victory Over Southwest Minnesota State
Saturday, January 22, 2005
SOUTHWEST, Minn. -- [box score] If Bemidji State University head men's basketball coach Patrick Smith knew he would get the type of game he got out of junior Spencer Carter (Chicago, Ill) Saturday every time a game was delayed 24 hours, he might choose to push the rest of his season back one day. The forward not only had a career night scoring 19 points, he also made a legitimate case for himself as one of the premier rebounders in the league grabbing a collegiate-high 13.

Up by three points (55-52) with just over 10 minutes to play in the game, BSU went on a 10-2 run giving them an 11-point advantage (65-54) lead with 5:02 to play propelling the team to a 70-58 victory at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn.

The Beavers not only played well at the offensive end of the floor as time ran down, the team held the Mustangs to just two field goals in the final 10 minutes of play.

After giving up the first hoop of the game, BSU bounced back to claim the lead (4-2) as Carter netted BSU's first two baskets of the game.

The Beavers would go up by a many as seven points with 16:18 to go in the half (12-5), but SMSU would whittle that lead away outscoring BSU 12-4 during the next five minutes to regain the lead (17-16) on an Elijah Starzl lay-up.

The Mustangs would then stretch its lead to as many as seven (25-18) but the Beavers would drain five of their game-high 12 three-pointers during the final 5:47 of the first half to not only catch the Mustangs, but also take a 37-34 halftime lead into the locker rooms.

Trailing 30-28, BSU senior James Roberson (Chicago, Ill.) single-handedly put BSU in control going into the break hitting 3-of-3 three-pointers in the half's final 95 seconds.

BSU held a 40.4 (23-57) to 37.3 (19-51) shooting edge over SMSU. But the Mustangs dominated the glass hauling down 42 rebounds to BSU's 33.

In addition to Carter's career-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds, junior Duane Fields (Los Angeles, Calif.) pitched in 13 points while Roberson added 12. Roberson also led the team with five assists.

SMSU was led by Nic Hogan who tallied 15 points. LaRon Dawn and Chad Orum each collected eight rebounds to share the lead for the Mustangs.

Saturday's games was originally slated for an 8:00 p.m. start on Friday but was delayed 24 hours as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference moved all of its games back due to inclimate weather.

The win lifts BSU to 10-8 overall while the team sits in a tie for first place in the conference standings with Northern State University with league records of 4-1. The Beavers will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Wayne State College (Jan. 22) for 8:00 p.m. tip-off.