Zajic scored a career high 17 on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and a sizziling 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. All of Zajic’s points were scored in the first half. The only other player in double figures for the Beavers was Alex Smith (Jr., F, Miami, Fla.) with 12. Sergej Baskow (So., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) grabbed a game high 10 rebounds and chipped in nine points in the winning effort.
The Dragons had three players in double figures, led by Kyle Nelson who scored 12. Ryan Rozell and Jamal O’Neal each had 11 for MSU Moorhead.
The game started off with the Dragons going on a 9-0 run capped by a jumper from O’Neal at the 16:47 mark. The Beavers fought back as they were able to take the lead in midst of a 13-0 run for the first time in the game at 22-21 on a Zajic three pointer with 9:47 remaining in the first half. MSU Moorhead stopped the drought on a jumper from Nelson with 8:07 remaining to put the score at 26-23. The Dragons went cold as they made one basket in the final 4:52 of the half and found themselves trailing 46-33 at the half.
On the half the Beavers shot a scorching .552 (16-of-29) from the field compared to the Dragons .444 (12-of-17). Bemidji State’s bench was a huge factor in the first half contributing 24 points compared to the Dragons five.
The second half started out right where it left off with an Arron Evans (Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) three pointer to push the lead to 16. The Dragons got within 11 at the 16:19 point in the game on a dunk by O’Neal. It was all Bemidji State from that point as the Dragons would not get any closer in the game and finished with a 16 point defeat.
The Dragons shot a freezing .235 (8-of-34) from the field and finished the game with a .328 (20-of-61). The Beavers cooled down in the second half shooting .304 (7-of-23) and finishing the game with a .442 (23-of-52) shooting percentage.
The win snaps a seven game losing streak dating back to January 11th of this season.
The victory for the Beavers surpasses their five game win total from last season.
The Beavers snapped a four game losing skid over MSU Moorhead dating back to March 1, 2006. The all-time record between the two teams now stands at 79-81.
Bemidji State’s record climbs to (6-16; 3-10 NSIC) while the loss lowers the Dragons to (13-8; 6-6 NSIC).
The Beavers will head back on the road next weekend as they travel to the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday February 9th to take on the Golden Eagles with the opening tip scheduled for 8:00 p.m.
Bemidji State returns home on Feb. 22 when they host power house Winona State.