BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell in its 2009-10 home opener to Jamestown College by the score of 72-69. The Jimmies (5-2) came out with pressure defense and a hot hand to down the Beavers (2-1, 0-0 NSIC), forcing 18 turnovers and scoring 24 points off the giveaways, while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc in the win.
“We beat ourselves with turnovers and Jamestown took advantage of it,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We didn’t execute and gave them every opportunity to win the game and they capitalized on it. You have to give them credit, they shot the ball well.”
The Beavers held a small halftime advantage at 37-35, despite JC’s 58.3 percent shooting from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line. BSU didn’t shoot poorly in the first frame at a 48.3 percent clip from the field. The home team scored 20 of its 37 points in the paint in the first half, earning the advantage in the category 20-12.
The first 10 minutes of the second half saw five lead changes and three ties. A junior Tyler Wruck (G/F, St. Cloud, Minn.) 3-pointer tied the game 48-48 with 9:52 on the clock, which was followed by a senior guard Seth Haake (Eden Prairie, Minn.) lay-up that put the Beavers up two with 9:22 remaining. BSU held the lead or was tied with the Jimmies until there was 2:18 minutes left and JC’s C.J. Peeters knocked down a 3-point dagger to give the visiting team a one point lead at 64-63. Free throws from sophomore Jake Lindstrom (G, Cottage Grove, Minn.) put BSU back on top with 2:03 remaining. The Beavers had an opportunity to increase the lead after a stop on the defensive end, but couldn’t capitalize, so the Jimmies had another change to regain the lead and they took it with a 3-pointer from Hans Hoeg. A turnover on offense forced BSU to play shutdown defense, but they got to aggressive and were called for a foul. Hoeg made both free throws on a one-and-one situation to give JC a 69-65 lead with just 22 ticks left on the clock. Haake drove to the basket and converted on a lay-up while drawing the foul. Unfortunately, he couldn’t complete the three-point play and the deficit was still two. BSU got lucky on the other end as JC’s B.J. Mertens missed his second free throw and BSU was down by three with 13 seconds left. Sophomore guard Bryce Tesdahl (Crosby, Minn.) drove to the hoop and found the bottom of the net to cut the Jimmie lead to one. Both JC free throws were made and the home team had five seconds to tie the game with a three. Junior Brady Fairbanks (G/F, Bena, Minn.) had a shot at the buzzer, but if fell short and the Beavers started its home season 0-1.
Fairbanks led the team in scoring with 18 on 6-12 shooting and 6-7 from the charity stripe. He also added team-highs in rebounds (6) and assists (4), while playing 35 minutes. Haake posted 17, but 13 came in the first half. BSU shot 47.2 percent from the field in the game and 22.2 percent from 3-point land. The Beavers forced 20 Jimmie turnovers and had 13 steals, but only scored 14 points off turnovers in the game. JC’s Peeters had a game-high 21, shooting 5-8 from the 3-point line.
The Beavers travel to Kenosha, Wis. Nov. 27-28 to play two games in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament. BSU battles Purdue North Central Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. and host-UW-Parkside Nov. 28 at 5 p.m.
Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).