MANKATO, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato 108-66 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the Taylor Center Friday.
The Beavers battled with the high-powered Mavericks for the game’s first nine minutes, trading baskets and runs. MSU went out to a 10-2 lead, but BSU battled back and cut it to a two point deficit with a 8-2 run to make the score 12-10 MSU. The Mavericks increased the lead to six with 14:59 on the clock, but a sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) shot from downtown cut the deficit to one at 18-17 with 14:01 reading on the scoreboard. MSU then utilized its multiple-threat offense and jumped out to a 10-point lead with a 13-4 run, holding a 31-21 lead with 10:19 remaining in the half. The Mavericks were then off to the races and closed the half with a 23-10 run to own a 54-31 lead at the half.
The second half was more of the home team as they took a 31-point lead at 71-40 with 15:33 on the clock. MSU kept rolling through the final buzzer, winning by 42 with a score of 108-66.
All 10 active members of the active roster saw playing time and logged at least 14 minutes, with each player getting in the scoring column. Lindstrom led the squad with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) was the only other Beaver to score in double-figures, netting 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while adding four rebounds. Freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) scored eight points and added a team-high five rebounds. BSU shot 42.6 percent from the field, but MSU was 55.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 11 3-pointers. MSU had five players in double-figures.
The Beavers travel to Southwest Minnesota State University Jan. 30 for a 8 p.m. contest.
State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II
institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference