|November 19, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||FUM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.377 (23-61)||.426 (29-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.400 (10-25)|
|FT Percentage||.600 (6-10)||.520 (13-25)|
Lutes - 5
Bey - 4
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team used an early second half push to lift it to an 81-60 victory at BSU Gymnasium Tuesday versus Finlandia University. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his first-career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Rosenbloom went 5-for-8 (62.5%) from the floor and hit four free throws to tie his career-high in points with 14 and recorded a career-best 12 rebounds, while also establishing a career mark with four blocks. Three other players recorded double-digits in points, as junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) totaled a game-high 16 points and added five assists. Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) added 14 points, six rebounds and three steals, while senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) totaled 11 points and four rebounds. The lone Beaver starter without 10 or more points was junior guard DJ Hervy (Chicago, Ill.), but his stat line read seven points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.
BSU shot 42.6 percent from the floor and hit on 10-of-25 attempts from 3-point range (40%), while the Beavers held the Lions to 37.7 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from beyond the arc.
The game started slow and went back and forth for the first seven minutes of play, which saw two lead changes and the score tied three times. With 13:05 to play the scoreboard read 10-10, but the Beavers would post a 10-0 run to open a 20-10 lead with 10:04 left in the opening half. Five different players scored during the run, which included four points from Rosenbloom and the Beavers scored six points off second chance points.
The home team’s lead moved to 14 at 29-15 with a Lutes jumper with 5:58 remaining in the opening 20 minutes. FU battled back and cut the lead to six at 29-23, but the Beavers were able to get the lead back to double-figures at 12 with 1:19 left before settling on a nine-point lead at the half, 37-28.
The second half started as sluggish as the first for BSU and the Lions took advantage by winning the first two minutes 7-5 to get within seven. A minute later Noreen knocked down a jumper, which started an 8-0 run that guided Bemidji State to a 50-35 lead with 15:24 left.
The lead proved sufficient enough, as the Beaver advantage never dipped below 12 the rest of the way and capped out at 23 before settling as a 21-point spread, 81-60.
• The win marked the seventh straight at home, as BSU posted a 5-0 mark in its final handful of home games in 2012-13 and are now 2-0 at BSU Gymnasium this season.
• The 16 steals matched what the Beavers totaled against Mayville State Nov. 13. Previous to last Wednesday, the last time a BSU team totaled 16 or more steals was Dec. 11, 2002 when that squad recorded a program record 25 steals against College of St. Scholastica, which happens to be BSU’s next opponent.
Bemidji State continues its four-game nonconference homestand Nov. 23 when it hosts College of St. Scholastica 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).