Concordia-St. Paul Erases 18-Point Secnd Half Deficit to Beat BSU 76-70
Saturday, February 26, 2005
ST. PAUL, Minn. - [box score] Concordia-St. Paul used a 24-6 run to erase an 18-point second half deficit and push past a frustrated Bemidji State team Saturday night at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.

After BSU took a 42-30 lead into the halftime break, the team was outscored 28-46 in the final 20 minutes while spending the majority of the half in foul trouble.

In a closely contested first half, the lead changed hands 13 times. But the Beavers took the lead with 3-minutes and 39-seconds to play in the half on a James Roberson (Chicago, Ill) three-pointer that would kick-start a 16-4 BSU run and put BSU on top, 42-30 at the halftime buzzer.

BSU stretched its lead to 18 points just two minutes into the second half, but but would be held to just six points during the next 10:24 as CSP knotted the game at 58 apiece. A Golden Bears' Brain Jamros three 4:40 later would put CSP in the lead for good (65-64).

The Beavers were whistled for 33 fouls sending Rodney Williams, Amir Major (Chicago, Ill.) and Spencer Carter (Chicago, Ill.) to the bench, and CSP to the line 40 times where even though the Golden Bears shot just 62.5 percent, they netted 25 points, with 13 coming in the second half.

With 56 seconds left in the game, the teams were involved in a scuffle. BSU's Carter was slapped with a technical, fouling out of the game while the CSP bench was handed a technical foul. No players were eject, but the league will review the tape of the event.

BSU had five players register double-figure point totals with Roberson leading the way with 13. He also posted a game-high eight assists inching closer to the all-time assists record at BSU. He remains 30 assists shy as the NSIC tournament approaches.

On the glass, Major grabbed nine while Carter was good for eight as CSP held a 45-29 rebounding edge over the Beavers.

Brian Jamros paced CSP with 20 points on five of nine from beyond the arc. Former Beaver, Marlon Walker led the Golden Bears on the boards pulling down nine.

The loss drops BSU into a tie with Northern State for second place in the NSIC season standings. The Beavers will still hold on to the No. 2 seed in the NSIC Tournament, March 3-6, as it wins a tie-break over Northern State due to splitting the season series with top-seed Winona State while NSU was swept by the Warriors.

The win moves Concordia-St. Paul to 17-10 overall and 7-7 in NSIC play. The Golden Bears will travel to Wayne, Neb. to face the No. 4 seed Wayne State College as the fifth seed in the First Round of the NSIC Tournament.

The No. 2 Beavers welcome No. 7 Minnesota-Crookston to the BSU Gymnasium for the first round of the 2005 NSIC Tournament, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.