Johnson’s 17 points paces Beavers to 88-60 victory
Friday, November 27, 2009

KENOSHA, Wis. -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team is a perfect 3-0 on the road this season after rolling past Purdue North Central 88-60 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Tournament. Junior center Jimmy Johnson (Andover, Minn.) paced the Beavers (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) with 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the charity stripe.

“We got out a 20 point lead and never looked back,” said head coach Matt Bowen. “We were able to get everyone some minutes and they all contributed. It was a good win.”

Johnson started the game with a lay-up just seven seconds into the game and it was all downhill for PNC from there. The Panthers never led in the game and by the 11:09 mark of the first half, the Beavers held a 10 point lead at 20-10. BSU continued to roll through the first half and held a 42-21 lead at the break. The Beavers held a lead as high as 32 in the second half before finishing the game with the 28 point advantage.

Every Beaver player saw minutes in the game. Freshman Mason Walters (G/F, Milton, Wis.) had a career-high 14 points, shooting 3-of-5 from the field and went 8-of-8 from the line, while adding four rebounds. Freshman Lance Rongstad (G, Eleva, Wis.) posted five points and a team-high six rebounds. Junior Patrick Cassidy (F, St. Paul, Minn.) had nine points and four rebounds. BSU shot 60.4 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, holding PNC to 34 percent from the field and 14.3 percent from the 3-point line.

The Beavers play 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).