Mustangs down Beavers in NSIC opener, 79-59
Friday, November 30, 2007
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball dropped its 2007-08 conference opener tonight to the Southwest Minnesota State University Mustangs to night from the BSU Gymnasium, 79-59. BSU’s Sergej Baskow (So., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) netted his best game wearing the green and white as he netted a career-high of 14 points in the loss for the Beavers.

The Mustangs shot a sizzling .604 (32-53) from the field to the Beavers .385 (20-52) to help lead Southwest Minnesota State University to the 20-point victory. The Mustangs also out rebounded the Beavers 36-21 in the game which was also a key stat to SMSU’s victory tonight.

Baskow led the Beavers offensively as he netted 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 21 minutes of play for the Beavers. Brady Fairbanks (Fr., G, Bena, Minn.) and Marques Ramos (Sr., F, Henderson, Nev.) chipped in with eight points apiece. Alex Smith (Jr., C, Miami, Fla.) grabbed four rebounds while Kyle Scott (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) dished out seven of the Beavers 13 assists.

The Mustangs Matt Fletcher led the SMSU with a game-high 21 points on 7-or-12 shooting, 5-of-9 form behind the arc. Travis Krenske and Scott Roehl were also in double-figures as Krenske chipped in with 14 points and Roehl added 11 in the winning effort. Roehl led the Mustangs on the glass with eight rebounds while Krenske had eight assists on the night.

In didn’t take the Mustangs long to claim the lead as Fletcher scored SMSU’s first five points to give the Mustangs a early 5-0 lead. James Gibson (Jr., G, Miami, Fla.) got the Beavers on the board with a three pointer assisted by Scott to bring the Beavers to within 5-3 of the Mustangs. SMSU pushed its lead up to eight points as they went on a 6-0 run to go up 11-3 to force the Beavers to take a timeout.

After the timeout the Beavers closed the Mustang lead in half to four points (16-12) on a Baskow three pointer with 14:23 left in the half. The Mustangs continued to push as they built their lead to as large as 15 points (42-27) with 1:02 left in the half. Smith closed out the half with a layup with :01 seconds left in the half to bring the Beaver deficit to 13 at the half (42-29).

In the first half of play the Mustangs shot .630 (17-27) from the field to the Beavers .440 (11-25). SMSU also shot .444 (4-9) from behind the three-point arc while the Beavers were just 2-of-8 (.250) in the half.
In the second half began just like the first as Matt Fletcher broke the seal with a jumper at 19:16 and the Mustangs rolled from there as they pushed their lead to as large as 26 points (71-45) with just over five minutes to play in the game. BSU continued to play with a lot of determination and didn’t give up as the Beavers outscored the Mustangs 14-8 in the last 5:49 of the game but the deficit was to much as the Beavers fell, 79-59 to the Mustangs.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 35-46 all-time versus SMSU and they fall to 2-5 on the season. With the loss the Beavers are also on a four game losing skid to the Mustangs over the last two sesaons.

Bemidji State (2-5; 0-1 NSIC) will wrap up its week of play tomorrow evening (Dec. 1) when the Beavers host the Wayne State College Wildcats from the BSU Gymnasium at 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).