Bulldogs spoil home opener, upend Beavers 77-41
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team was upended by the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs, 77-41, in its 2007-08 home opener from the BSU Gymnasium on Tuesday evening.

Minnesota Duluth shot 52.7 percent (29-55) from the field while Bemidji State shot just 29.1 percent (16-55) from the field the worst the Beavers have shot from the field this season. The Bulldogs used a 11-2 run in the 6:55 of the first half to push its lead to 11 points at halftime. The Bulldogs ran away in the second half as they outscored the Beavers 44-19 en-route to a 36-point victory.

Sergej Baskow (So., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany) netted his best performance of the season for the Beavers has he was the lone BSU player to net double figures as he had 11 points on 5-of-11 shooting from the field. Arron Evans (Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) had nine points for the Beavers on 3-of-6 shooting and 2-of-3 from behind the arc. Freshman center Jimmy Johnson (Andover, Minn.) had his best performance of his rookie campaign as he had seven points and led the Beavers with seven rebounds (4-3).

The Bulldogs shot a sizzling 45 percent from three-point range (9-20) to the Beavers 33.3 percent (4-12) in the contest. UMD also outscored the Beavers 18-to-8 in the paint to help lead the Bulldogs to the win.

Minnesota Duluth was led by the trio of Brian Sykora, Jordan Nuness and Ryan Meissner. Sykora had a game-high of 23 points and 10 rebounds for the games lone double-double performance. Sykora was 11-of-19 from the field for Minnesota Duluth. Nuness was the Bulldogs deep threat as he recorded 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 3-of-7 from behind the arc. The third Bulldog in double-figures was Meissner as he had 10 points on 3-of-5 shooting. Meissner also grabbed seven rebounds in the contest for the Bulldogs.

Bemidji State started quickly as the Beavers went on a 8-0 run after the Bulldogs went up 2-0 to take a 8-2 lead in a :55 second span. A jumper by Baskow and Alex Smith (Miami, Fla.) followed by a three-pointer by Marques Ramos (Henderson, Nev.) helped give the Beavers the six point lead. The Beavers lead did not last long as the Bulldogs rattled off seven straight points to regain the lead at 9-8. The Beavers jumped back ahead for the last time of the evening on a three-pointer by Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.). Minnesota Duluth then went on a 11-2 run to push its lead to its largest of seven points at 20-13.

The Beavers did not fold as they climbed back into the game by going on a 7-2 run to close the Bulldogs gap to two points (22-20) with 6:55 left in the half. Minnesota Duluth closed out the half going on a 11-2 run and pushed its lead to 11-points its largest of the half.

In the second half the Bulldogs continued their hot shooting performance as they shot 57.7 percent in the second half (15-26) while the Beavers shot just 28 percent (7-25) in the final half. The hot shooting allowed the Bulldogs to out score the Beavers 44-19 in the half and 77-41 in the game.

The loss drops BSU to 0-3 on the season while Minnesota Duluth improves to 3-0 overall. The Beavers fall to 35-80 in the all-time series with the Bulldogs and have lost the last five games versus UMD. The Beavers are 0-4 since the Bulldogs left the NSIC.

The Beavers (0-3, 0-0 NSIC) will next be in action on Nov. 24-25 when they will participate in the University of Wisconsin-Stout Tournament in Menomonie, Wis. The Beavers will open up play on Saturday, Nov. 24 in its first ever meeting versus the University of Puget Sound at 4:00 p.m. and will wrap up play versus the winner of the UW-Stout and Northland College game on Sunday, Nov. 25. Game times for Nov. 25 is yet to be determined.

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