|November 23, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CSS||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.328 (22-67)||.474 (37-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.190 (4-21)||.263 (5-19)|
|FT Percentage||.889 (8-9)||.800 (24-30)|
Trevor Morlock - 6
LaMonte Hall - 3
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) guided the Bemidji State University men's basketball team to a 103-56 home victory Saturday against College of St. Scholastica, as he totaled career-highs in three major categories with 25 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. BSU improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2003-04.
Noreen shot 61.1 percent from the floor on 11-of-18 shooting to establish career-highs in both field goals made and attempted. He also totaled three blocks in 24 minutes. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his second consecutive double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) poured in a season-high 18 points on 5-of-7 (71.4%) shooting from the field, a 2-for-4 performance from 3-point range and a perfect 6-for-6 afternoon from the free throw line. Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) added 17 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Beavers moved past the 100-point mark for the 60th time in program history. The last time BSU hit the century mark was last season at Finlandia University (Nov. 21, 2012) when it totaled a program-record 122 points.
Bemidji State shot 56.8 percent from the field in the second half and finished the game with a 47.4 percentage, while holding CSS to 32.8 percent. The Beavers won the rebounding battle 58-31, totaled 20 assists and 12 steals with just eight turnovers.
The Saints came out the gates firing and knocked down two 3-pointers in the first minute, en route to opening a 10-6 advantage three minutes into the contest. The Beavers responded with a 16-0 run during 5:11 of play to open a 12-point lead at 22-10 with 12:56 left in the opening half. During the run, five different BSU players recorded a point, led by five from Lutes.
CSS battled back to get within six at 22-16, but BSU again cauterized the bleeding with a 10-2 run to guide the home team to the 32-18 lead with 9:05 showing on the clock. Noreen scored six points during the stretch.
Two free throws by Schalow lifted BSU to its largest lead of the half at 41-22. The Beaver advantage stretched as high as 22 with 2:14 remaining before settling at the matching 22-point advantage, 49-27.
Noreen had 16 of his 25 points in the first half. Rosenbloom totaled nine points and nine rebounds. The Beavers gathered 14 offensive rebounds in the first 20 minutes to turn an 18-1 advantage in second chance points.
The second half quickly proved to be all Bemidji State, as BSU opened the first five minutes of play on a 19-5 run to post a 68-33 lead. A one-handed, and-one dunk by Noreen moved his point total for that game to 21, past his previous career-high of 19 set last season in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener (Dec. 1, 2012) versus University of Minnesota Crookston. All five starters, Noreen, Rosenbloom, Schalow, Lutes and junior DJ Hervy (G, Chicago, Ill.) scored during the opening five minutes and the Beavers totaled seven assists.
BSU’s defense was stellar in the first 11 minutes of the frame, allowing CSS to only 12 points and enabling the home team to boast an 85-39 lead. The biggest lead of the game turned out to be the final, as a layup from freshman Ben Best (F, Drummond, Wis.) put the exclamation point on the 47-point victory, 103-56.
• The win marked the eighth straight at home, as BSU posted a 5-0 mark in its final handful of home games in 2012-13 and are now 3-0 at BSU Gymnasium this season.
• BSU has dished out 20 or more assists and posted 12 or more steals in each of its three contests this season.
• The Beavers won the second chance points category 21-5 and the paint 62-32.
• Maxie Rosenbloom is averaging 11.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game this season.
• BSU has forced 62 opponent turnovers, while only totaling 35. The Beavers have a 1.86 assist to turnover ratio.
• The Beavers are averaging 93.0 points per game.
Bemidji State concludes its four-game nonconference homestand Nov. 26 when it hosts Michigan Tech University at 8 p.m. MTU is receiving votes in the latest NCAA Division II national coaches poll.
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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).