Strong second half aids in Mary (N.D.) victory over BSU
Friday, January 12, 2007
BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team got a career-best 16 points from junior guard Arron Evans (Minneapolis, Minn.) but a 46-point second half would propel the University of Mary (N.D.) past the Beavers in the first ever Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meeting between the the teams, 76-48.

The Beavers would trail the Marauders just 30-28 after 20 minutes of play, riding a 48-percent shooting effort (11-of-23), but for the second consecutive contest, the BSU shooting touch would go south during the second half and with the host draining 18-of-26 (.692) including 4-of-7 from beyond the three-point line (.571), the deficit mounted too quickly for the Beavers to recover.

Evans netted his career-best on 6-of-10 from the floor including 4-for-7 form three-point land in 35 minutes of play. Dan Sowu (Sr., G, Chicago, Ill.) and Sergje Baskow (Fr., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) each added eight points as James Gibson (So., G, Miami, Fla.) paced the Beavers on the glass with four rebounds.

Twelve different Marauder players earned a place in the scorebook with Eric Erdmann leading the way with 17 points. He also added a game-high five rebounds. In a UM-high 28 minutes, Jordan Engelhardt added 12 points and led all players with three steals.

The Beavers came out of the opening tip to hit their first four field goals of the contest and jump out to a 9-2 lead after two minutes of play, but by the 14-minute mark, the hosting Marauders had put together a nine-point run of their own to gain control of the lead, 11-9.

The score was tied four times and the lead changed hands six times during the remainder of the half, and despite BSU leading by as many as five points (28-23) with 5:23 to go in the stanza, UM held the Beavers scoreless, netting the final seven points of the half, capped by a three-point play by Erdmann with one second to go, to take a 30-28 lead into the locker rooms for the break.

Mary came out of the intermission to extend its lead to 10 points, 40-30, just 2:39 into the half scoring 10 of the first 12 points.

With 14:37 left on the clock, Evans would net his third triple of the night to cut the deficit to eight points (43-35), but that was as close as the Beavers would get on the night. The Marauder offense continued to find the bottom of the net, adding to their lead until the final horn sounded to capture their second NSIC victory.

The Marauders (6-9; 2-5 NSIC) finished the game with a .558 (29-52)-.347(17-49) shooting edge and a 36-22 rebounding advantage over BSU.

The Beavers are now 1-3 all-time versus Mary after dropping the first meeting between the teams since Dec. 11, 1987.

Bemidji State (1-14; 1-5 NSIC) will be back in action tomorrow when it makes the trip to Aberdeen, S.D. and Wach's Arena for an 8 p.m. contest versus Northern State University.