St. Cloud State drops BSU in non-conference tilt
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- A career-best 16 points for Bemidji State University junior forward Alex Smith (Miami, Fla.) was not enough Tuesday as St. Cloud State University handed the Beavers an 80-50 non-conference loss at the BSU Gymnasium.

In a slow-paced contest in which the game was stopped 42 times for fouls and 52 free-throws were attempted, the Huskies hit five of their first six shots from the floor and added a free-throw to put the Beavers in a 12-point hole (12-0) before Smith would get Bemidji State scoring column with a lay-up at the at the 16:31 mark. SCSU would never look back shooting 44.6-percent from the field (29-of-65) including seven three-pointers (7-of-23) and holding a 50-30 edge on the glass.

The Huskies got 24 points and five assists from David Dreas including a 5-for-9 night from beyond the arc. Matt Schneck added 11 points while Craig Coenen nabbed a team-best nine rebounds.

In addition to Smith's 16 points he matched Coenen for top honors on the glass with nine boards and rejected a pair of SCSU attempts. Arron Evans (Jr., PG, Minneapolis, Minn.) netted 10 points, logging his third double-figures total of the season and equaling his best scoring effort in the green and white while he posted a team-best three assists. James Gibson (So., G, Miami, Fla.), despite standing just six-foot-two, proved again he has a nose for the ball out hustling players to a career-high seven rebounds and in just nine minutes of the bench, Marques Ramos (Jr., G/F, Henderson, Nev.) poured in seven points on 3-of-5 from the field.

Although the team was a little sluggish out of the gates and struggled to gain its shooting touch early, the Beavers stuck with the Huskies for the next 10 minutes. BSU worked its way back from a 16-point deficit to close to within 10 (24-14) on a pair of Evans free-throws with 6:24 to play in the first half. But St. Cloud State drained seven of its final 11 shots of the half to put BSU behind 24 (47-23) as the horn sounded.

Bemidji State played with the Huskies in the second half, out shooting the visitors 44.4-percent (12-for-27) to 38.5-percent (10-of-26) and forcing seven turnovers while committing just five of their own, but a 2-for-10 effort from the line by BSU would allow visitors to escape with a 33-27 advantage in the half and the victory.

Despite being oversized at nearly every position, the Beavers out scored the Huskies 30-18 in the paint. But SCSU used its size to muscle down rebounds, including 17 of the offensive variety, scoring 20 points on second-chance opportunities.

The win extends the Huskies lead in the all-time series to 86-40 and extends its current winnings streak over the Beavers to 13 games dating back to Dec. 2, 1993.

The Beavers (0-6) now pack their bags and head to Wayne, Neb. for their 2006-07 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opnener. The battle versus the Wayne State College Wildcats is slated for an 8 p.m. start Friday at Rice Auditorium. Saturday, the team will make the tip to Marshall, Minn. where it will face Southwest Minnesota State University in an 8 p.m. tip off.