Wisconsin-Superior sneaks past Bemidji State, 75-69
Friday, December 29, 2006
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- In a game that saw the score tied on 11 occasions and the lead change hands 12 times, the University of Wisconsin-Superior handed the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team a 75-69 loss in the Beavers’ last contest of the 2006 calendar year, Friday at the BSU Gymnasium.

The Yellow Jackets got a three-pointer from Lamar Burton-Norman, who led all players with 21 points in the game, to tie the score at 67-67 with 2:36 left on the clock and would out score BSU 11-2 in during the final 186 seconds, including 4-of-6 from the free-throw line, to escape with the six-point victory.

Sergje Baskow (Fr., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) and Brandon Fields (Fr., PG, Los Angeles, Calif.) each netted 12 points to lead a quartet of Beavers in double-figures. Marques Ramos (Jr., G/F, Henderson, Nev.) added 11 points and Arron Evans (Jr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) chipped in 10. Fields, who saw the first collegiate action of his career, also led all players with five assists and four rebounds in the game.

Alex Smith (Jr., F, Miami, Fla.) was BSU’s top man on the glass in the game grabbing eight rebounds.

In addition to Burton-Norman’s game-high 21, Brandon Ely and James Nobles added matching 17-point totals while Nobles collected 12 rebounds for the game’s only double-double.

Evans got the Beavers on the board first hitting a three-pointer just seconds into the game and BSU would not relinquish that lead during the first 10 minutes.

The team would increase its advantage to as many as six points (12-6) during that time as Evans took a pass from Andre Bell (Jr., PG, Chicago, Ill.) and made a layup with 14:25 to go in the first. But with 12:17 to go in the half, the Yellow jackets started their comeback. Leonard Cobb grabbed an errant UWS shot and dunked it home with authority to spark a six-point UW-Superior run capped by back-to-back triples by Cobb to vault the Yellow Jackets into the lead, 20-16.

The Beavers hung within two baskets of the Yellow Jackets for the next five minutes and used a six-point run of their own, capped by a pair of Bell freebies, to go up 29-27 with 4:19 to play in the half.

The teams would trade baskets and the lead for the final minutes of the period and would go into the break tied at 38-38.

The Yellow Jackets came out of the intermission on a mission scoring the first seven points of the half to extend their lead to 47-40.

The Beavers whittled away at the UWS advantage until Fields found a seam in the Yellow jacket defense and drove the lane for a layup to knot the game at 54-54 with 9:15 to go. He would also make good on the follow-up free-throw to give the Beavers their first lead of the second half.

The teams battled for the lead during the next six minutes.

Fields would give BSU its largest lead of the half, 67-64, on a pair of free-throws but Burton-Norman would follow them up with a three-pointer at the other end. The basket would swing momentum into the possession of the Yellow Jackets who scored seven consecutive points to go up by four, 71-67, with just over two minutes to play in the game.

Despite the best effort of the Beavers, time was not on their side as UWS went on to claim the 75-69 contest.

The Beavers finished the game shooting 26-of-57 (.441) and were 5-of-12 from beyond the arc (.417). UW-Superior was 30-of-64 (.469) and made good on 8-of-14 from downtown (.571).

The teams finished the game even on the glass with each grabbing 36 rebounds.

UW-Superior closes the gap to 19-18 in the all-time series, winning the first game played between the teams since Dec. 1, 2003.

Bemidji State (0-13; 0-4 NSIC) returns to action Saturday Jan. 6 when it travels to University of Minnesota, Crookston for an 8 p.m. Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle at Lysaker Gymnasium.