November 21, 20121st2ndFinal
Bemidji State6755122
Finlandia University (MBB)293261
Stats at a GlanceBSUMFUM
FG Percentage.571 (44-77) .375 (21-56)
3P FG Percentage.567 (17-30) .344 (11-32)
FT Percentage.607 (17-28) .615 (8-13)
Offensive Rebounds2211
Defensive Rebounds2918
Total Rebounds5129
Turnovers1124
Steals146
Bench Points7531
LeadersBSUMFUM
PointsCrockrell - 20
Keith Arnold - 13
ReboundsWalters - 9
Dominic Morrow - 6
AssistsCrockrell - 6
Keith Arnold - 4
Marvin Ayi-Bamah - 4
StealsFarrington - 4
Keith Arnold - 1
Anthony Crowell - 1
Jon Moore - 1
Drew Covington - 1
Allante Denson - 1
Marvin Ayi-Bamah - 1
BlocksNoreen - 1
Anderson - 1
Farrington - 1
Rosenbloom - 1
Crockrell - 1
Floyd - 1
Dominic Morrow - 3
Balanced scoring attack guides Beavers to 122-61 victory at Finlandia
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Balanced scoring attack guides Beavers to 122-61 victory at Finlandia
Photos courtasy of Andrew Nyhus/WSU

HANCOCK, Mich. (Paavo Nurmi Gymnasium) – A balanced scoring attack and a solid defensive effort guided the Bemidji State University men's basketball team to a 122-61 victory Wednesday in Hancock, Mich. Six different Beavers scored in double-figures and the BSU defense held the Lions to 37.5 percent from the field. The win moves Bemidji State to 2-2, as it closed nonconference play in 2012-13.

The 122 points is the second most the Beavers have scored in regulation in program history. The record at BSU is 126 in a 126-96 victory against Northland Dec. 13, 1991. Bemidji State scored 124 points in a 126-124 four overtime loss versus University of Minnesota Duluth Feb. 25, 2009 in Bemidji, Minn. The Beavers have now scored 100 or more points on 59 occasions, with the last coming a season ago in a 100-77 home victory against Concordia University, St. Paul Jan. 14.

The Beavers knocked down 17 3-pointers in the win, guided by a 5-for-6 performance from sophomore guard Tor Anderson (Minnetonka, Minn.). He totaled 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field and added seven rebounds. Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) scored a game-high 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting overall and 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. He also added a team-high six assists.

Senior transfer Sean Jones (F, Seattle, Wash.) came off the bench to tally a season-high 17 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. He also added five rebounds in 22 minutes. Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) shot 5-for-10 from the field and went 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to score 15 points and posted a team-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) scored 13 points and junior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) added three 3-pointers to the Beaver total for 10 points.

The contest was tied 8-8 for more than a minute, until a junior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) free throw with 16:23 remaining in the first half started an 8-0 run by the Beavers. The eight-point lead moved to a 10 point advantage at 21-11 with 12:27 remaining in the first half after an old-fashioned 3-point play from Jones.

Finlandia cut the deficit to seven at 21-14, but Beavers would get hot and post a 15-0 run over three minutes of game time to take a demanding 22 point lead at 36-14. The run was started from a Schalow 3-pointer and ended with an Anderson dagger from downtown.

The Lions would never recover and BSU opened up a lead as large as 41 before heading into the locker room with a 38-point lead at 67-29. BSU shot 60.5 percent from the field and went 9-for-16 (56.3%) from beyond the arc in the first half and turned the Lions over 16 times to own the points off turnovers category 28-8.

The second half continued to go well for the Beavers as they cruised to a 61-point advantage when the final buzzer sounded. In the end the Beavers shot 57.1 percent from the field and 56.7 percent from 3-point land. BSU forced 24 Finlandia turnovers that produced 43 points on the other end. Sophomore Brock Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.) scored the first points of his career, totaling five in four minutes of action.

The Beavers open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and home court play Dec. 1 when they entertain University of Minnesota, Crookston at 4 p..m.  

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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

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