|December 07, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SCSU|
|FG Percentage||.390 (23-59)||.444 (24-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (5-19)||.200 (3-15)|
|FT Percentage||.643 (9-14)||.708 (17-24)|
Jensen - 2
Edwards - 2
Crockrell - 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team did battle with No. 14 St. Cloud State University Friday, but in the end was on the losing end of a 68-60 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest in St. Cloud, Minn. The loss moves the Beavers to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in NSIC play.
The Beavers got an inspired performance from senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.), who scored 17 points and tied a career-high 11 rebounds for his second-career double-double. He went 7-for-10 (70%) from the field in the game. Senior guard Dermaine Crockrell (Mesa, Ariz.) tallied 14 points and seven rebounds.
Bemidji State shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and the No. 1 team in the nation in 3-point percentage went 4-for-8 in the first half from downtown, but shot 27.6 percent overall and was 1-for-11 in the second half to post a 26.3 percentage from beyond the arc when the final buzzer sounded. BSU finished the game with 21 turnovers that resulted in a 25-12 St. Cloud State advantage in points off turnovers.
The Beavers came out of the gates with a purpose and jumped out to an 8-0 lead to force a SCSU timeout. The Huskies came out of the 30 second break and posed an 11-4 run to get within one at 12-11. BSU battled back and a lay-up from sophomore Tor Anderson (G, Minnetonka, Minn.) handed the road team a 23-14 lead with nine left in the first frame.
The BSU first half lead got as low as three on a couple occasions, but senior Jason Edwards (G, Phoenix, Ariz.) hit a cold-blooded buzzer-beater 3-pointer to take a 38-30 advantage into halftime. Walters had 11 points and eight boards at the break and Crockrell posted nine points with five rebounds. SCSU was 0-7 from 3-point land and the Beavers had seven offensive boards to own a 9-1 second chance advantage.
A different Huskies team came out of the locker room, as SCSU cut the Beaver lead to two on a 6-0 start to the final 20 minutes. A Crockrell dagger from downtown handed BSU the 49-40 lead with 14:15 showing on the clock, but the Beavers followed with a cold spell.
The Beavers failed to score for almost four minutes, getting a pair of free throws from Walters to break the slide and give BSU a 51-46 lead with just over 10 left. The Beavers were able to maintain a small lead for about three minutes, but a SCSU 9-0 run saw the home team find its first lead of the game at 58-56, then a four-point lead at 60-56 with 4:26 showing on the game clock.
A Crockrell steal and fast break lay-up got the Beavers within two at 60-58 with 2:15 remaining in regulation, but that would be as close as Bemidji State would get, en route to the eight point loss.
The Beavers now head to University of Minnesota Duluth for a 6 p.m. tilt against the Bulldogs and the former Bemidji State head coach Matt Bowen.
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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).