BSU downed 80-75 at North Dakota
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team dropped a close contest Friday night at the University of North Dakota. In a game which saw 10 ties and 10 lead changes the Beavers came up just short losing 80-75 at the Betty Englestad Sioux Center.
Spencer Carter (Sr., F, Chicago, Ill.) lead the Beavers with his team-leading fourth double-double of the season. Carter shot 10-for-13 en route to a game-high 22 points and lead all rebounders with 14. Aiding Carter in the scoring column for the Beavers were Duane Fields with 11 points and Stacy Pearson-Taylor with 10.
The Beavers found themselves in a big hole early in the first half, as North Dakota came sprinting out of the gates with a 19-4 lead just five minutes into the game. BSU bounced back, slowly whittling away at the lead before taking a two-point cushion (42-40) on a dunk by Carter who scored 12 points in the half.
Bemidji State carried the momentum out onto the court in the second half scoring the first four points on baskets by senior guard Alvin Muse (South Holland, Ill.) and Carter, giving them their largest lead of the game 46-40.
North Dakota responded with an 8-0 run to take the lead and start the lead-changing script for the second half. The teams exchanged leads eight more times in the second frame.
BSU took its last lead on a three-pointer with 4:25 left to play in regulation, 71-70, on senior guard Duane Fields’ (Los Angeles, Calif.) only points of the second half. UND’s Evan Lindahl, who scored 13 points in the second half, answered with a three-ball to take the lead back on the next Fighting Sioux possesion.
A layup by Carter to tie the score at 73, was quickly answered by the Sioux’s Caro Nobles. After three straight free throws by UND to give them a 78-73 lead, Derik Hollyfield (Sr., G, Aurora, Ill.) trimmed the lead to three on a layup with just 12 seconds to play. But, UND’s Nobles got free again and sealed the Beavers’ fate on a layup with two seconds left.
The Fighting Sioux were lead in scoring by Lindahl’s 17, 15 points from Josh Doyle, and 13 from Nobles. Nobles also lead all players with six assists. Despite Carter’s 14 rebounds for the Beavers, UND managed to equal BSU’s 36 team rebounds.
16 of Bemidji State’s 36 boards came on the offensive end of the floor leading to 20 second chance points as compared to just six second effort scores from UND.
The loss drops BSU to 4-6 on the season, while North Dakota moves to 7-4 overall. The Beavers will be back in action at the Sioux Valley Clinic Holiday Classic hosted by Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. BSU will take on South Dakota at 4:00 p.m. on Dec. 28, and host Augustana College at 8:00 p.m. on Dec. 29. The Beavers will be playing each team for the second time this season, as they beat Augustana 83-71, but lost to 23rd ranked South Dakota 78-76.