Beavers downed 86-71 by Nebraska-Omaha
Saturday, November 17, 2007
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Hallenbeck Hall) -The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, 86-71 in the final game of the American Family Insurance Hoopster Classic from Hallenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University on Saturday evening. The meeting between the two teams was just the second meeting in BSU history.

Nebraska-Omaha shot 53.3 percent (8-15) from behind the three point line and outscored the Beavers 16-to-4 off second chance points while netting nine more points than BSU on points off turnovers (17-8) to secure the 15-point victory. BSU shot just 48.4 percent in the game from the free-throw line making just 15 free throws while missing 16 (15-31) in the game. The Mavericks shot 88.5 percent from the line making 23-of-26 free throw attempts in the win for UNO.

For the second consecutive night Alex Smith (Jr., C, Miami, Fla.) led the Beaver offense as he posted his first 20 point game and his second double-double of the season. Smith netted 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field while going 4-for-6 from the free-throw line. Smith grabbed 13 rebounds (6-7) to go with his 25 points in the game. Arron Evans (Sr., G, Minneapolis, Minn.) recorded 17 points in the game and Seth Haake (So., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) had 13 points to join Smith in double-digit scoring. Evans led the Beavers with six assists in the game.

The Beavers out-shot the Mavericks in the contest 39.7 percent to 38.8 percent in the game and out rebounded UNO by three 47-44 but committed five more turnovers 17-to-12 than the Mavericks that led to nine more points off turnovers for UNO to help secure the win for the Mavericks.

Nebraska-Omaha was led by the trio of Michael Jenkins, Mitch Albers and Andrew Bridger. Jenkins netted 35 points to lead all players in the game going 9-for-15 from the field, 4-of-6 from behind the three point line and 13-14 from the free-throw line. Jenkins also pulled down 11 rebounds for the lone double-double performance for the Mavericks. Albers netted 14 points, while Bridger had 10 points to round out the double-digit scoring for the Mavericks.

Bemidji State got off to a quick start as they jumped out to an early 10-2 lead in the first 4:29 seconds. The Mavericks went on its own run as they went on a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 11-10. Michael Jenkins netted all nine points for the Mavericks on the 9-0 run. The Beavers pushed its lead back to eight points as they went on a 11-2 run over the next 3:00. Seth Haake started the run with a three pointer assisted by Sergej Baskow (So., F, Ludwigsburg, Germany). Smith scored seven of the Beavers points on the run and game BSU a 21-13 lead with 10:35 left in the half.

The Mavericks closed out the first half on a 28-13 run to take a seven point lead into halftime, the seven point lead was the largest for the Mavericks in the first 20 minutes.

Smith opened the second half with a dunk for the Beavers to close the Maverick led to five points at 41-36 but two three points, one by Justin Peterson and one by Denny Johnston pushed the Maverick lead to 11 points (47-36) with 18:33 left in the half.

Bemidji State continued to battle as they closed the Maverick lead to one point twice in the second half. The Beavers went on a 14-4 run to come with in one point of the Mavericks at 51-50 with 15:06 remaining in the game and then closed the score to 57-56 on a dunk by Smith with 11:23 remaining in the game but that was as close as the Beavers would get.

The Mavericks went on a 29:15 run in the final 11:23 of the game to garner a 86-71 victory over the Beavers. With the loss the Beavers fall to 0-2 on the season and 0-2 in the American Family Insurance Hoopster Classic.

With the loss the Beavers fall to 0-2 all-time versus the Mavericks from Nebraska-Omaha. The Beavers are currently on a four game losing skid dating back to last season.

The Beavers (0-2, 0-0 NSIC) will be in action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 when they will host the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs in their home opener from the BSU Gymnasium at 7:00 p.m.