St. Cloud State takes Beavers at the line, 84-72
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
ST. CLOUD, Minn.– [box score] The St. Cloud State University men's basketball team has Bemidji State University's number. The Huskies battled back from a 10-point second half deficit to gain a 12-point, 84-72, victory over the Beavers Tuesday night at Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn. The win marks the 11th consecutive victory for SCSU versus the Beavers and the 31st in the last 33 meetings dating back to the 1976-77 season.

Foul trouble again plagued the Beavers. Bemidji State was whistled for 14 more violations than its opponent, putting SCSU on the line for 41 free-throws compared the the Beavers' 15. The Huskies shot 78 percent (32-41) from the stripe on the night, with 31 coming in the second half, outscoring the BSU 32-12 and swinging the game in their favor.

The teams came out of the tip sluggish combining for just 19 points through the first 10 minutes. But with 11:43 before the halftime buzzer, down 9-7, Derrick Beechum (Sr., G, Davenport, Iowa) ignited a 13-point BSU run with his only three-pointer of the night. By the time the streak was over 3:23 later, the Beavers owned a 11-point advantage (20-9).

The Beavers would remain in the driver's seat for the remainder of the half answering small SCSU charges with long-range shooting.

Just days removed from a pair of contests in which the Beavers posted just four three-pointers as a team and was just 8-of-46 from behind the arc for a three-point shooting percentage of .174, BSU nailed 8-of-13 in the first 20 minutes. Six Beavers recorded a three in the half led by Derik Hollyfield (Sr., G, Aurora, Ill.) and Duane Fields (Sr., G, Los Angeles, Calif.) who each netted a pair of threes to lead BSU to a 36-30 lead at the break.

BSU came out of locker room to hold the lead for the first 6:38 of the second stanza, extending its lead to 10 points just 97 seconds in, but SCSU would use a 7-for-8 performance at the line in the opening minutes of the half as a springboard to a 13-point run to regain the lead, 55-52, for the first time since the 12:01 mark of the first half with 11:32 to go in the game.

The Beavers would battle back to knot the game at 56-56 on a Sherwin Johnson (Sr., G/F, Macon, Ga.) dunk less than two minutes later, but the Huskies would counter with a 19-5 run during the next 4:43 putting the game out of reach for the Beavers.

Hollyfield paced Bemidji State going 7-of-15 from the floor including a 4-for-7 performance from behind the arc for a career-high 21 points. Stacy Pearson-Taylor (Sr., F, Miami, Fla.) posted 11 points to equal Johnson while Spencer Carter (Sr., F, Chicago, Ill.) led the Beavers with five rebounds.

The Huskies were led by Adam Sullivan who netted 23 points. He was joined in double-figures by David Dreas (19) and Eric Green (16). Matt Siegle pulled down a game-high eight rebounds while Dreas tied BSU's Fields for a game-best five assists.

The loss drops Bemidji State to 2-4 on the year while SCSU improves to 4-2. BSU returns to Bemidji to kick off a three-game homestand this weekend. Friday the team hosts Colorado Christian University and will turn around to battle a second Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponent Saturday when the Beavers battle Mesa State College to the first time in the 84-year history of the program. Tip-off for both games is set for 8 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.