Southwest Minnesota State hands BSU its second conference loss
Saturday, December 2, 2006
MARSHALL, Minn. (R/A Facility) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team saw a six-game winning streak over Southwest Minnesota State University come to an end Saturday as the Mustangs downed the Beavers, 87-45, to wrap up the first week of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn.

The Mustangs shot an even 50 percent from the field (28-56) and posted a 40-27 edge on the glass to improve to 2-0 in league play with the victory.

SMSU had four players in double-figures with the pair of Travis Krenske and Nic Hogan leading the way with 17 points a piece. Hogan was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc while Krenske dropped in four of his six long-range attempts as SMSU was a deadly 13-for-27 (.481) from downtown. Ross DeMasi added eight points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

The duo of Arron Evans (Jr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) and Marques Ramos (Jr., G/F, Henderson, Nev.) each registered 11 points to pace the BSU offense. Evans accounted for three of BSU's five three-point field goals in the game and led all players while junior forward Alex Smith (Miami, Fla.) grabbed a team-best six boards and fellow junior Andre Bell (PG, Chicago, Ill.) led all players with four assists.

SMSU would get on the board first, but a five-point run by the Beavers capped with a triple from Evans, put BSU up 7-5 with 14:50 on the clock.

Within 11 minutes, the Mustangs had rattled off a scoring run of 37-9, hitting 12 of their next 16 shots from the floor, to erase the BSU advantage and extend their lead to 21 (37-16) with just over three minutes to play in the first half.

SMSU would go into the break leading BSU by that same 21-point margin (42-21).

As the second half got underway, BSU netted seven of the first nine points to shrink the SMSU advantage to 17 points, 45-28, but by the mid point of the half, SMSU had increased its lead to 25 points, 59-34, and would never look back.

The Beavers were out shot 33.3 percent (18-54) to 50.0 percent (28-56) in the game and were just 4-of-8 (.500) from the free-throw line while SMSU converted 18 of its 23 (.783) freebies. The Mustangs also committed just six turnovers in the contest while forcing the Beavers into 13.

The win give SMSU a 43-33 lead in the all-time series between the teams and increases its edge over the Beavers on its home court to 27-11 all-time.

Bemidji State (0-8; 0-2 NSIC) returns to action Tuesday (Dec. 5) when it travels to Grand Forks, N. D. to battle the University of North Dakota. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.