Beavers drop NSIC contest at Northern State
Saturday, January 13, 2007
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell to Northern State University Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Wolves led from wire to wire hitting nearly 60-percent of their field goal attempts (33-58), including 12 three-pointers, en route to claiming their fifth NSIC win as they improve to 12-5 overall, 87-51.

For the second consecutive night Arron Evans (Minneapolis, Minn.) led BSU on the offensive end of the court, following up a career-high 16 points at Mary (N.D.) with 11 at NSU. The junior guard was 4-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-4 from outside the three-point arc while grabbing three rebounds.

In his first start of the season, Jermon Marsh (So., G, Savannah, Ga.) added nine points and led the team with a two steals. Brandon Fields (Fr., PG, Los Angeles, Calif.) pitched in four points and led all players with a career-high six assists as Alex Smith (Jr., F, Miami, Fla.) came up big on the defensive end of the court posting a game-high four blocks.

Craig Nelson led a trio of Wolves in double-figures scoring a game-high 23 points making good on 7-of-13 three-point attempts and going 2-for-2 a the line. Kevin Ratzsch added 15 points while Robert Thomas came off the bench to lead all played with seven rebounds helping the Wolves to a 37-26 edge on the boards.

The Wolves got out of the blocks quickly hitting their first two shots of the night, as both Nelson and Ratzsch made good on three-point attempts putting NSU up 6-0 just 80 seconds into the game.

BSU's Smith would cut the lead to four with 16 minutes left in the half, but NSU would convert on its next two possessions to returns its lead to eight, 10-2, by the 14-minute mark.

The Beavers would keep pace with the hosts during remainder of the half. Despite trailing by as many as 15 (26-11), BSU would use a four-point run in the final minute of the stanza to trim the Wolves' lead to 35-25 before the halftime horn sounded.

Northern State would come out of the break to net the first five points as Nelson added another three followed by Mitch Boeck jumper to match its largest lead of the game, 15 (40-25), just 1:13 into the second.

Up 14 (47-33) with 15:51 left on the clock, NSU would use a 13-2 run, sparked by three triples from Nelson, to stretch its lead to 25 points (62-37), putting the game out of reach for the Beavers midway through the second half.

The Wolves would keep the Beavers at bay as the clock wound down claiming the conference victory, 87-51.

The Beavers are now 20-37 all-time versus the Wolves and have lost the last two contests at Wachs Arena.

Bemidji State (1-15; 1-6 NSIC) now begins preparation for another tough week of NSIC competition. The Beavers welcome 2006 NCAA Division II National Champion Winona State University to the BSU Gymnasium Friday (Jan. 19) and will host Upper Iowa University for the first time as an NSIC foe Saturday. Both contents are set to follow the BSU women's basketball games with approximate start time set for 8 p.m.