Bemidji State drops Grand Forks Air Force 117-69
Sunday, January 22, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. – [box score] The Bemidji State University men's basketball team used its size and physical game to utterly dominate the paint Tuesday in a 117-69 exhibition win over the Grand Forks Air Force Base at the BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers out scored the Warriors 66-14 inside while pulling down 67 rebounds to the visitor's 28.

Stacy Pearson-Taylor (Sr., F, Miami, Flab.) and Spencer Carter (Sr., F, Chicago, Ill.) paced six Beavers in double-figures with 16 points apiece. Carter and sophomore forward Alex Smith (Miami, Fla.) hit the boards hard each corralling a game-high 10 rebounds in the win.

The Warriors' offense consisted of former University of North Dakota standout Keith Parks and Matt Wireman. Parks led all players with 32 points on 9-of-22 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line while Wireman added 21. The two combined for nearly 77 percent of the team's offensive output. Wireman added team-bests of nine rebounds and three steals in 38 minutes.

BSU set the tone from the opening tip. After a pair of turnovers by Grand Forks, Carter tossed the ball near the rim to a streaking Pearson-Taylor who finished the play with an authoritative dunk to get the Beavers on the board. BSU would never look back scoring the first seven points of the game and increasing its lead to 17 points (32-15) by the 10-minute mark of the first half.

The Beavers cruised into the break up 54-37 after hitting 24-of-49 attempts (.490), holding a 27-16 edge on the glass and forcing the Warriors into 14 turnovers.

Sherwin Johnson (Sr., F/G, Macon, Ga.) jump started the BSU offense to get the second half underway hitting a jumper to put BSU up by 19 (56-37).

The Beavers would out score the Warriors 26-3 during the next 6:55 as Grand Forks turned the ball over 11 times and was 0-for-6 from the field during that span of time.

Up by over 40 points (82-40) with 13 minutes to play, BSU head coach Patrick Smith emptied his bench getting significant playing time to every player on the BSU roster and the team responded. Senior Steve Warren (F, Mason City, Iowa) tallied for points while pulling down five rebounds. James Gibson (G, Miami, Fla.), BSU's lone freshman, netted just two points but hauled in seven rebounds from the guard position and Guy Falkenhagen (So., F, Marquette, Mich.) posted eight points, including six scored on consecutive possessions capped by a 12-foot sky hook.

BSU led by as many as 50 points (98-48) before coasting to the 117-69 victory.

Bemidji State finished the game shooting a staggering 56-of-106 from the floor and 9-of-31 from beyond the arc (.491). The team totaled 24 assists and 20 steals. BSU also forced 32 Warrior turnovers and converted those miscues into 41 points.

The Beavers, 9-9 overall and 4-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, dive back into conference action this weekend as they host the University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday at the BSU Gymnasium. The game is set for an 8 p.m. start.