Strong first half aids Puget Sound victory over BSU
Saturday, November 24, 2007

MENOMONIE, Wis. (Johnson Fieldhouse) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team got a 17 points from freshman guard Brady Fairbanks (Bena, Minn.) but a 46-point first half would propel the University of Puget Sound past the Beavers in the first ever meeting between the two teams, 91-68.

With just 11:22 left in the first half the Beavers trailed by just one-point 10-9 to the Loggers from the University of Puget Sound. Bemidji State shot just 28-percent from the field in the first half (7-25) while the Loggers shot 48.6 (17-35) from the field in the first half to garner a 46-18 lead going into half-time. The final 11:22 of the first half the Loggers went on a 39-to-9 run to close out the half and build a 28-point half-time lead. Bemidji State rebounded in the second half as the Beavers outscored the Loggers 50-45 and shot 61.8 (21-34) to Puget Sound’s 48.4 percent (15-31) in the second half but the dismal first half would be to much of a hole for the Beavers to climb out of as the Loggers were able to hold onto the win.

The Beavers committed 24 turnovers to the Loggers 16 which seemed to be one of the key stats of the game. The Loggers took advantage of the costly mistakes by the Beavers as they outscored the Beavers 29-to-12 with points off turnovers which helped push the Loggers to the win.

Fairbanks netted his 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting for the floor including 2-of-4 from behind the three-point line in 23 minutes of play. Kyle Scott (Jr., G, Phoenix, Ariz.) and Alex Smith (Miami, Fla.) each added eight points as Sergej Baskow (So., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) paced the Beavers on the glass with seven rebounds.

Eleven different Logger players earned a place in the score book with Antwan Williams leading the way with 20 points. Robert Krauel and Austin Boyce joined Williams in double-figures as Krauel added 16 points and Boyce netted 10 points in the win for the Loggers. Krauel led the Loggers on the glass with eight rebounds (5-3) .

The Beavers and the Loggers came out and traded baskets in the first 5:53 of the contest. Bemidji State and Puget Sound were even on the score board three times in the first 5:53 as they were tied at 2-2, 6-6 and 8-8 before the Loggers went on a 38-10 run in the final 14:00 of the first half to push its lead to 46-18 going into the half-time break.

Despite being down by 28-points heading into the second half the Beavers did not give up. Bemidji State came out and out scored the Loggers 50-45 in the second half. The Beavers cut the Loggers lead to 21 points but that was as close as they were able to get in the second half as the Loggers pushed forward for a 91-68 win over the Beavers in the two teams first ever meeting.

The Loggers (4-0) finished the game with a .485 (23-66) - .475 (28-59) shooting edge while the Beavers held a 38-37 rebounding advantage over UPS.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 0-1 all-time versus the Loggers from Puget Sound and fall to 0-4 on the season.

Bemidji State (0-4; 0-0 NSIC) will be back in action tomorrow, Nov. 25 when it will take on either Northland College or Wisconsin-Stout at 11:00 a.m. in Menomonie, Wis., from the Johnson Fieldhouse.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).