Guzman muscles BSU past Southwest Minnesota State, 70-66
Friday, January 20, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. – [box score] Manuel Guzman (Sr., C, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) had the game of his life Friday versus NSIC rival Southwest Minnesota State University. The 6-9 senior netted a career-high 25 points while pulling down a personal-best 15 rebounds to collect his second double-double in a BSU uniform as the Beavers rolled SMSU up 70-66 at the BSU Gymnasium.

Guzman was a force in the paint for BSU Friday, helping the Beavers to a 35-33 edge on the glass and a 28-26 scoring advantage in the paint. He also made good on 11-of-15 free-throw attempts drawing fouls from a number of SMSU players forcing miss-matches and cautious defensive play by the visiting Mustang players.

Duane Fields (Sr., G, Los Angeles, Calif.) led the Beavers out of the blocks scoring seven of the team's first nine points, spotting the Beavers a 9-0 lead during the first 2:15.

Despite a SMSU 7-1 run midway through the first half to cut the BSU lead to one (24-23) and the Mustangs tying the contest twice during the final five minutes of the half, BSU would never relinquish the lead taking a 39-35 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.

On the back of Guzman who netted 13 points while grabbing six rebounds in the first half, BSU shot 50 percent (16-32) from the floor in the half holding a slight edge over the Mustangs (48.1%).

Guzman scored five points during the first four minutes of the second stanza, helping BSU to build an 11-point lead (49-38). But the Mustangs would rebound scoring eight consecutive points to reel BSU to within three points (49-46) with 12:14 to play.

BSU used a pair of Alvin Muse (Sr., G, South Holland, Ill.) threes and another by Fields to to extend its lead to 60-51 with 8:25 to play. But again the Mustangs charged back scoring 12 of 14 points, capped by a Matt Fletcher triple, to take their first lead of the game with just 5:53 left before the final horn.

The Beavers regained the lead 64-63 on a Stacy Pearson-Taylor (Sr., F, Miami, Fla.) free-throw.

After a free-throw by Chad Orum tied the game at 64-64 with 2:57 left, SMSU took a two-point (66-64) lead on its next possession when Jeremy VanKlompenburg found an open lane to the hoop for a lay-up.

Guzman tied the game at the other end of the floor with a lay-up and blocked an SMSU shot on the ensuing possession to give BSU the ball with just over a minute to play.

BSU head coach Patrick Smith called a timeout and out of the break, Muse hit a clutch three to put the Beavers up three (69-66) with 59 seconds to go. Guzman would hit a three with two seconds to play to seal the victory.

"Guzman was huge for us tonight with his ability not only to score inside but to rebound, stated Smith, and Alvin Muse has consistently hit big shots for us and he did it again tonight."

In addition to Guzman's monster 25-point, 15-rebound night, Fields added 13 points and Muse pitched in 11. Fields also paced the team dishing out five assists while Guzman collected a team-best two blocks.

SMSU was led by Travis Krenske who was 5-of-14 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line for 18 points. Fletcher added 12 and Orum scored 10 to round out the Mustangs top three scorers. Fletcher and Krenske each grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

BSU improves to 25-14 all-time versus SMSU in the BSU Gymnasium while trimming their series deficit to 42-34. The Beavers have now defeated the Mustangs in five consecutive meetings and have won 19 of their last 20 NSIC regular season mach ups at home verses the NSIC.

The win brings the Beavers to 8-9 on the season while vaulting the team into a tie with Saturday's opponent, Wayne State College, for second place in the NSIC standings with a league record of 3-2. Tomorrow's game is slated for an 8 p.m. start.