|December 01, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMCMBB||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.450 (18-40)||.600 (30-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (2-10)||.600 (12-20)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (20-28)||.857 (18-21)|
Crockrell - 19
Harrell - 3
TEAM - 3
Moorer - 2
Farrington - 2
Anderson - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team shot 60.0 percent from the field to roll to a 90-58 victory Saturday against visiting University of Minnesota, Crookston in the home and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference openers at the BSU Gymnasium. The win was the first conference victory for first-year head coach Mike Boschee and his first home appearance as the bench boss at BSU.
The Beavers knocked down seven 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes, en route to a 12-for-20 (60%) performance from downtown in the game. Overall the squad posted a 60.0 percent shooting evening, guided by four players in double-figures. Junior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) – who has led the team in scoring three of the first four games – posted a career-high 19 points in the victory to match senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) for the team-high. Noreen recorded career-highs in 3-pointers made (5) and attempted (8), while Crockrell went 6-for-10 from the field, 2-for-4 from downtown and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.
Senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) added a season-high 18 points, which included 7-for-8 from the free throw line. Sophomore guard Tor Anderson (Minnetonka, Minn.) posted back-to-back games with 10 or more points, as he hit on 4-of-7 from the field to score 10 points even. Junior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) came off the bench to lead the team and record a season-high four assists.
In the game, BSU dished out 20 assists, with four players tallying three or more assists. The rebounding load was also balanced, outrebounding UMC 27-21, as five players posted three or more boards. The Beavers brought in 11 offensive rebounds to outscore the Golden Eagles 23-12 on second chance points.
The two teams traded buckets early in the contest, but a Noreen 3-pointer with 15:48 remaining in the first half handed the home team a 14-5 lead. After three straight points by UMC, BSU posted an 18-0 run that knocked 5:20 off the game clock and gave the Beavers a 29-8 lead. The Golden Eagles came back with a mini run to cut the deficit to 16 at 29-13 with 7:24 showing on the clock, but a junior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) reverse lay-up on a sweet pass from Walters started a 6-0 run to give BSU a 35-13 lead with 4:18 left.
By the halftime buzzer the Beavers built a 20 point advantage at 42-22. Noreen had 11 at the half and Walters added 10 points. BSU went 7-for-13 (53.8%) from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes.
Bemidji State maintained at least an 18-point lead through the first five minutes of the second half before pushing it to high 20s by the middle of the frame. The lead hit 31 at 79-48 with 4:40 remaining on a transition ally-oop dunk. Farrington passed the ball to senior Sean Jones (F, Seattle, Wash.) underneath the basket and he threw a two-handed dunk down over a UMC defender that got the crowd on its feet. The lead went as high as 35 before settling at the 32-point victory for BSU.
The Beavers now hit the road for NSIC contests Dec. 7-8 at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University.
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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).