DICKINSON, N.D. (Scott Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team came back from a seven point halftime deficit to upend the Dickinson State Blue Hawks, 99-97 in triple overtime snapping a three game losing skid. Jake Lindstrom (Fr., G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) led the Beavers with his second 20 point game of the season as he poured in 22 points, 18 of which came in the second half and in the three overtime periods.
Despite being out rebounded 39-44 in the game the Beavers out shot the Blue Hawks by the narrowest of margins. BSU shot 47.7 percent (31-65) from the field and 24.0 percent (6-25) from behind the arc while DSU shot 44.9 percent (31-69) from the field and 34.5 percent (10-29) from three point range. The biggest difference in the game came at the free-throw line as the Beavers connected on six more free-throws than DSU which allowed BSU to hang in the game. BSU ended the evening 31-of-41 (.756) from the charity stripe while Dickinson State was 25-of-34 (.735) from the line.
Joining Lindstrom in the double-digit point range was Seth Haake (Jr., G, Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Taylor Hall (Fr., F, Blaine, Minn.) who each had 16 points, Brady Fairbanks (So., G, Bena, Minn.) who chipped in a season-high 15 points, Jimmy Johnson (So., C, Andover, Minn.) who had 13 points and Bryce Tesdahl (Fr., G, Crosby, Minn.) who had 12 points.
Lindstrom led the Beavers on the boards with a career-high seven rebounds while Tesdahl led the Beavers with four assists. Fairbanks and Tesdahl set career-highs on the defensive end of the floor as Fairbanks recorded two blocks and Tesdahl had five of the 10 Beavers steals.
Dickinson was led by the duo of Joshua Walker and Nathan Lebsock. Walker led all scorers with 26 points on 8-of-13 from the field while his counterpart chipped in 25 points on 9-of-18 from the field and 7-of-11 from three point range. Walker tied Lindstrom for a game-high seven rebounds while Sean Burnham had a game-high eight assists.
With the win the Beavers stretch its lead in the series with Dickinson State to 2-0.
Bemidji State (4-9; 2-4 NSIC) will be back in action this weekend as the Beavers will return home to host the Concordia University, St. Paul Golden Bears (6-6; 4-1 NSIC) and the St. Cloud State University Huskies (10-2; 5-0 NSIC). BSU will play CSP on Friday, Jan.. 9 and SCSU on Saturday, Jan. 10 with both games set to start at 8 p.m.
State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II
institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference