Wayne State got out to an early lead netting the first seven points of the game.
BSU consistently chipped away at the WSC lead closing the Wildcats lead to one (16-15) with 7:29 to play in the half on a Seth Haake (So., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) layup and then taking its first lead of the game (17-16) on a Patrick Cassidy (Fr., F, St. Paul, Minn. just under a minute later.
BSU increased its lead to as large as two a couple times during the first stanza but Wayne State closed out the final 5:29 of the first half on a 14-to-7 run to take a five-point lead into the half (32-27). The Beavers outshot the Wildcats 45.8 to 39.4 percent in the opening stanza but the Wildcats netted 12 more points from behind the arc making good on 4-of-9 three point attempts while the Beavers were 0-for-3 in the half.
WSC came out in the second half to extend its lead to 9 (38-29) with 16:19 to play, but a 9-3 BSU run would cut the lead to three points (41-38) during the next three minutes.
The Wildcats took their largest lead of the contest (51-40) as they went on a 10-2 run which was capped off by two free-throws by Jamar Diggs. The Beavers would reel WSC to within five points four times in a six minute span with the last time coming with 5:10 left in the contest (58-53). Wayne State withstood the BSU defensive pressure as they went on to close out the game on a 10-3 run over the final 5:10 to earn the 12-point victory.
With the win Wayne State snaps a two game losing streak to the Beavers and holds a 22-13 edge in the all-time series.
BSU was led in the game by senior guard Arron Evans (Minneapolis, Minn.) who netted 16 points on 7-of-14 from the floor. It was Evans sixth game this season that he has led the Beavers in scoring. Alex Smith (Jr., C, Miami, Fla.) netting his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career garnering 13 points and 10 rebounds. Patrick Cassidy (Fr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) added eight points and eight rebounds in the loss.
WSC was paced by Jamar Diggs and Bryce Caldwell who had game-highs of 18 points apiece while Matt Rathje added 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
Bemidji State outshot the Wildcats 41.1 percent (23-56) to 35.5 percent (22-62) in the game. BSU was just 3-of-15 (.200) from the three point line and 7-of-21 (.333) from the free-throw line while WSC was 6-of-16 (.375) from behind the arc and 18-of-27 (.667) from the charity stripe. Wayne State also grabbed 11 more rebounds than the Beavers 50-39 and five more offensive rebounds that gave them a 16-8 edge over the Beavers in second chance points.
Bemidji State will be back in action Saturday night as they will play Southwest Minnesota State University from the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn. Game time is set for 8:00 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).