Ramos equals career-high 19 points in loss to North Dakota
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (Betty Engelstad Sioux Center) -- Bemidji State University forward Marques Ramos (Jr., Henderson, Nev.) posted his third straight game in double-figures Tuesday equaling a career-high 19 points, but a University of North Dakota team that hit over 63 percent of its shots on the night was too much for the Beavers to match.

Bemidji State finished the first half 14-of-26 from the floor for a .538 shooting percentage. That figure included a 5-for-6 three-point exhibition (.833)--a mark that surpassed the Beavers average three-point output per game this season (4.1). In most cases a team and its coaching staff would feel pretty good about where its was midway through the game, but tonight the Beavers found themselves down 55-35 at the half as North Dakota netted over 65 percent of its shots in the first half (19-of-29) claiming four threes along the way.

North Dakota would got on to take the game 94-49.

"We were simply over matched tonight," commented coach Matt Bowen after the game. "They are a good team and our defense was just not able to slow them down."

"This team is in a tough place right now," continued Bowen of a BSU squad that has played nine games during the first 21 days of competition. "Due to our hectic schedule of games and travel, we have not been able to get in the practice time we need to get better and right now that is most evident in our defense."

Six Fighting Sioux players netted double-figure point totals with Mike Gutter leading the way with 16. Josh Doyle was 3-of-4 from downtown and finished with 12 points while Tyler Koening scored 10 and led all players with seven rebounds.

In addition to Ramos' career-high night, Sergej Baskow (Fr., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) contributed eight points on 4-of-7 from the floor before fouling out of the game with just over a minute to play. Alex Smith (Jr., F, Miami, Fla.) collected a pair of blocks and paced BSU on the glass with six rebounds while adding eight points. Andre Bell (Jr., PG, Chicago, Ill.) posted a game-high seven assists setting a new career-mark in the process.

Offensively, Ramos has come on strong in the last week. During the last three games, the Henderson, Nev. native is averaging 15 points and has hit 50 percent of his field goal attempts (21-42) and is 2-for-5 from beyond the arc (.400).

"Marques is playing very well right now," said Bowen. "He is doing what it takes to be a sucessful basketball player. He takes care of his body, he takes advantage of any practice time he can, he works hard and he is solid in the classroom."

The win gives UND a 26-10 lead in the all-time series while BSU has failed to win a game on the Fighting Sioux home court since Dec. 13, 1996 and is 1-16 all-time in Grand Forks, N.D.

Bemidji State (0-9; 0-2 NSIC) returns to action this weekend when it kicks off a four-game homestand with a pair of conference match-ups. Friday the team welcomes Concordia University-St. Paul (4-1; 1-0 NSIC) and Saturday, Minnesota State University Moorhead (4-2; 0-1 NSIC) comes to town. Both games are slated to follow the BSU women's games with approximate start times set for 8 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium.