Beavers snap losing skid with win over Dickinson State
Wednesday, January 2, 2008

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) - Bemidji State University sophomore center Sergej Baskow (Ludwigsburg, Germany) tied a career-high scoring 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and 2-of-3 from the line as BSU beat the Dickinson State University Blue Hawks, 75-53 in the first ever meeting between the teams.

Baskow led a crew of three BSU players to register double-figure point totals. Brady Fairbanks (Fr., F, Bena, Minn.) added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the three point line. Arron Evans (Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) joined Fairbanks and Baskow in double-figures as he chipped in 10 points. Freshman guard Tyler Wruck (Foley, Minn.) came off the bench and added a career-high nine points on 3-of-5 from three point range. Patrick Cassidy (Fr., F, St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his first double-digit rebound game as he posted a career and game-high 10 rebounds. Kyle Scott (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) dished out a game-high seven assists for the Beavers.

The Blue Hawks were paced by the duo of Fred Scheltinga and Sean Burnham. Schletinga led the Blue Hawks with 12 points on 6-of-13 shooting while Burnham netted 11 points on 4-of-7 from the field. Steve Mitchell paced Dickinson State on the glass as he grabbed seven rebounds.

The Beavers shot .508 (31-61) from the field in the game and hit a season high 10 three pointers while the Beavers pesky defense held Dickinson State to just .339 (20-59) from the field. The Beavers also caused the Blue Hawks into five more turnovers than the Beavers as DSU had 21 compared to BSU’s 16 turnovers in the game.

The hosting Beavers got on the scoreboard first as Arron Evans and Brady Fairbanks each hit a jumper to give the Beavers a 4-0 lead. DSU went on a 5-0 run off a layup by Fred Scheltinga and a three pointer by Jeremy Mallard to give the Blue Hawks its first lead of the game at 5-4 with 16:18 left in the half.

The Beavers regained the lead for good on the next possession on a three-point basket by Fairbanks assisted by Evans. Dickinson State’s Sean Burnham evened the score at 7-7 on a pair of free throws a 15:18 of the half but that is as close as Dickinson State would get as BSU opened the game wide open as the Beavers closed out the half on a 34-14 run to push its lead to 41-21 going into halftime.

Sergej Baskow paced the Beavers in the first half netting 11 points while Tyler Wruck came off the bench and netted 6 to pace BSU.

BSU started the second half just as it did the first half with Evans and Fairbanks hitting back-to-back shots to push the Beavers lead back to 26 points just 1:12 seconds into the half. The Blue Hawks continued to battle but was only able to come as close as 17 points (66-49) with 2:21 left in the game. BSU closed out the final 2:21 on a 5-2 run as Jermon Marsh (Jr., G, Savannah, Ga.) netted the final five points for the Beavers giving BSU a 75-53 win to snap its season long four game losing skid.

The win for the Beavers was its largest win since Feb. 4, 2006 when the Beavers defeated Minnesota, Crookston 82-60.

With the win BSU snaps a four game losing skid and improves to 4-9 overall. Dickinson State falls to 6-7 on the year.

The Beavers will be back in action this weekend as they continue its four game home stand as they will host Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, Jan. 5th. 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).