|November 26, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MTM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.490 (25-51)||.480 (24-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.684 (13-19)||.385 (5-13)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (18-21)||.875 (21-24)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Michigan Tech University knocked down 13 3-pointers, seven in the second half, en route to handing the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team its first loss of the season Tuesday at BSU Gymnasium, 81-74. The contest concluded nonconference play for the Beavers, as they head into Northern Sun Intercollegiate play Nov. 30 with a 3-1 record.
Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) matched his career-high he set Saturday and recorded 25 points on 8-of-11 (72.7%) shooting from the field, a 2-of-3 (66.7%) performance from beyond the arc and a perfect 7-of-7 evening from the free throw line. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) posted double-figures in scoring for the third consecutive game, as he added 15 points on a 5-fo-6 night from the field. He also added a team-high five rebounds. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) posted 11 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
The Beavers went 24-for-50 (48%) from the field, while the Huskies posted a 25-of-51 (49%) performance from the field, the difference was MTU hit on 13-of-19 (68.4%) from 3-point range and BSU only went 5-for-13 (38.5%). Bemidji State was able to dominate the paint 36-10, but the rest of the major statistical categories were even: rebounds (MTU, 29-28), assists (MTU, 19-17), steals (BSU, 8-6) and turnovers (Tied, 13-13). BSU won the blocks category 7-0, thanks to three from Rosenbloom.
A defensive first half saw 10 lead changes and the score tied on nine occasions. The teams were knotted for the sixth time in the first 20 minutes at 19-19 with 10:14 left in the opening frame. The Beavers then posted a 10-4 run to open their largest lead at 29-23. Seven straight points from Noreen guided the stretch.
The Huskies responded to battle back to an even game at 32-32 with 4:28 remaining. Noreen converted on a layup with 4:11 left, but BSU would fail to record another field goal until less than 40 ticks remained on the game clock, allowing MTU to post a 10-0 run to open its largest lead at 42-34 with 59 seconds remaining.
Senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) ended the cold streak with 38 seconds showing on the game clock on a drive and bucket to get BSU within six at 42-36 and that is where the score stayed, as the two teams headed to the locker room.
Both teams went 15-for-26 (57.7%) from the field in the opening half. MTU went 6-for-7 (85.5%) from downtown. Noreen led all scorers with 16 points.
The Beavers shifted the momentum to their side early in the second half and didn’t allow a Husky bucket for the first three minutes, using that time to go on a 4-0 run to get within one at 42-41. BSU continued to apply pressure and ended up taking the lead at 48-47 with 14:46 left on two free throws from Farrington.
The squads traded buckets to a matching score of 59-59 with 10:19 showing on the clock, but Schalow broke the tie with a 3-pointer that jumpstarted a 7-0 run by the Beavers, which was capped by a Rosenbloom old-fashioned 3-point play. The little run handed the Beavers the 63-59 lead with 9:02 remaining in the second half.
The Huskies proceeded by knocking down three, 3-pointers in the span of two minutes to flip a four-point deficit into a one-point lead at 68-67 with 7:06 left. The hot shooting of MTU and the lack of production by the Beavers on the offensive end guided the road team to an eight-point lead at 77-69 with 2:09 left in regulation.
A pair of free throws by junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.), followed by a 3-pointer by Noreen, cut the Huskies’ lead down to three at 77-74. BSU was able to force a turnover on the defensive end and had an opportunity to tie the game with the last shot, but a junior guard DJ Hervy (Chicago, Ill.) attempt from deep 3-point range bounced out and after a battle for the rebound, the ball went the way of MTU. BSU was forced to foul and after two made free throws, BSU trailed by two possessions with eight ticks left, finally losing by the score of 81-74.
Final Momentum Change
With a 67-65 lead and 8:05 left in the second half, BSU was only able to produce two buckets from the field and lost that time span 16-7 to lose by a margin of seven at 81-74.
• The lead changed 16 times and the score was tied on 15 occasions.
• The loss snapped an eight-game winning streak at home for the Beavers, as BSU posted a 5-0 mark in its final handful of home games in 2012-13 and went 3-0 at BSU Gymnasium in 2013-14 before Tuesday.
• BSU is now 3-7 in the last 10 meetings versus Michigan Tech.
• Zach Noreen is averaging 19.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, while shooting 58.5 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from 3-point land.
Bemidji State turns its attention to NSIC play, as it travels to University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday, Nov. 30 for a 4 p.m. tipoff of the 22-game conference season.
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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).