Beavers drop NSIC opener at Concordia-St. Paul, 72-62
Friday, January 6, 2006
ST. PAUL, Minn.– [box score] The Bemidji State University men's basketball team was defeated by Concordia University-St. Paul, 72-62, in the 2005-06 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener Friday evening at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn.

Bemidji State got out to an early lead netting the first six points of the game.

CSP consistently chipped away at the BSU lead tying the game with 9:28 to play in the half on a Kenneth Pointer jumper and taking its first lead of the game (16-13) on a Kyle Marxhausen three-pointer just a minute later.

The Golden Bears would increase their lead to 10 points (33-23) before the end of the half as they out shot BSU 42.9 to 34.4 percent in the opening stanza hitting 4-of-9 threes.

CSP came out in the second half to extend its lead to 12 (39-27) with 17:08 to play, but a 7-1 BSU run would cut the lead in half (40-34) during the next three minutes.

The Golden Bears took their largest lead of the contest (65-50) as Pointer found an open lane for a lay-up. The Beavers would reel CSP to within eight points twice in the final two minutes, but CSP withstood the BSU defensive pressure as the Beavers failed to gain any momentum.

CSP would go on to take its second consecutive game from the Beavers 72-62 gaining just its third win over the Beavers all time (3-10).

BSU was led in the game by senior guard Derik Hollyfield (Aurora, Ill.) who netted 18 points on 7-of-15 from the floor. Stacy Pearson-Taylor (Sr., F, Miami, Fla.) battled through cramps to net is third double-double of the season garnering 13 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Duane Fields (Sr., G., Los Angeles, Calif.) and Sherwin Johnson (Sr., G/F, Macon, Ga.) also finished scoring double-digits collecting 11 and 10 points respectively.

CSP was paced by Pointer's game-high 23 points while Ty Thomas added 15 and Marxhausen scored 10 points and hauled in a team-best nine boards.

BSU is now 38-40 all-time in conference openers while it is 2-1 versus CSP in NSIC lid-lifters.

The loss drops Bemidji State to 5-8 on the year while the team is 0-1 in NSIC play. CSP improves to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. BSU will be back in action tomorrow as it travels to Winona, Minn to battle 2004-05 regular season champion and nationally-ranked Winona State University. The game is set for an 8 p.m. tip.