Beavers drop 2006-07 NSIC opener at Wayne State (Neb.), 81-68
Friday, December 1, 2006
WAYNE, Neb. (Rice Auditorium) -- Juniors Marcus Ramos (G/F, Henderson, Nev.) and Alex Smith (F, Chicago, Ill.) each netted career-high point totals, but it wasn't enough to stop Wayne State College on their home court Friday as the Wildcats posted an 81-68 win over the Beavers in the 2006-07 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener in Wayne, Neb.

The Beavers held an advantage for a large portion of the first half, but a 10-0 run midway through the stanza would put the Wildcats up for good.

Ramos came off the bench for the Beavers to score a career-high 19 points on 8-of-15 from the floor in 28 minutes of action. He added four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Smith also posted his best offensive night in the green and white adding 18 points and grabbing a team-best six rebounds. Arron Evans (Jr., PG, Minneapolis, Minn.) rounded out BSU players with double-figure scoring totals with 13 hitting a career-best 4-of-5 from beyond the three-point arc.

Jamar Diggs led four Wayne State players in double-figures with 20. Dallas Hodges collected 18 points and recorded a game-high five assists and Matt Rothje posted the games only double-double as he dropped in 14 points and hauled in 10 rebounds.

BSU got things started quickly as Smith scored the games' first five points put BSU up 5-0 until WSC got a lay-up from Jonathan Thomas at the 16-minute mark sparking an 8-2 run by the Wildcats that would put them in the lead, 8-7, just 4:38 in.

The teams traded baskets and the lead during the next 3:28 but a Rothje lay-up would kick start a WSC run that would last over three minutes and would result in the Wildcats taking a 22-13 advantage midway through the half.

Bemidji State would go on a 6-2 run to cut the WSC led to five points (26-21) with 5:20 on the clock but the Wildcats scored the next five to extend its lead to 31-21 and would head into the break grasping a 39-30 lead over the visiting Beavers.

Wayne State came out of the locker room to net the first 11 points of the second half to go up 50-30 and although BSU would trim its deficit to 13 (52-39), the Beavers would never recover.

Despite the loss the Beavers shot a season-high 40.3 percent (25-62) and were 5-of-9 from three-point land (.556).

"We really improved tonight," stated head coach Matt Bowen. "We went form a team that has been offensively inept at times this season to a team that put up 68 points and shot the ball well."

"Our biggest problem tonight was that they out rebounded us."

Wayne State grabbed a 46-30 edge on the glass in the game including 17 offensive rebounds which resulted in 22 second-chance points for the Wildcats.

The win extends the WSC's lead in the all-time series to 20-10 as the Wildcats are 11-5 versus the Beavers on their home court.

Bemidji State (0-7; 0-1 NSIC) looks to even its conference record as it travels to Marshall, Minn. tomorrow for a 6 p.m. tilt with Southwest Minnesota State University. Tip off is slated for 8 p.m. at the R/A Facility.