|November 30, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||UMCMBB|
|FG Percentage||.500 (29-58)||.411 (23-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.318 (7-22)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.684 (13-19)||.706 (12-17)|
Harrell - 14
Redd - 3
Burns - 1
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team recorded a 13-0 run during the first half's final three minutes of play Saturday at University of Minnesota Crookston to turn the momentum and roll to a 78-63 victory to open Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
Junior guard Brock Lutes (Portland, Ore.) led all scorers with 23 points and added seven rebounds. Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) recorded his third-consecutive 20-point performance with 21 points and he brought down a career-high 10 rebounds for his first-collegiate double-double. He also posted a career-best five blocks and four steals.
BSU (4-1, 1-0 NSIC) shot 50 percent from the field, while it held UMC (3-2, 0-1 NSIC) to 41.4 percent. The Beavers overcame a season-high 18 turnovers (10 in the first half) by creating 11 steals.
The Beavers came out of the gates shooting well from beyond the arc and hit on 4-of-6 attempts in the first six minutes to post a 16-5 advantage over the Golden Eagles. The home team responded and went on an 8-1 run to sit within four at 17-13 with 11:39 reading on the scoreboard.
BSU went on a 5-0 run to take the 22-13 lead, but the home team scored eight points within 1:32 to cut the Bemidji State advantage to just three at 24-21 with 8:41 remaining in the opening frame. In a game of runs, the Beavers rattled off six unanswered points to open the 30-21 lead with 6:26 left.
The Beavers went cold for the next three minutes, allowing the Golden Eagles to post an 11-3 run cut into the deficit and trail by just one at 33-32 with 3:09 showing on the clock.
A pair of senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) free throws snapped the lull and started the 13-0 run that closed the opening half. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) recorded five points, Noreen contributed four points and Rosenbloom added four points in the run that closed the frame and handed BSU the 46-32 lead.
Noreen had 13 points and five rebounds in the first half, while Schalow totaled 11 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point land. BSU shot 55.2 percent in the first 20 minutes and allowed UMC to shoot 36.4 percent.
The Beavers won the first four minutes of the second half, 7-4 to take the 17-point lead at 53-36. The BSU lead went past 20 for the first time on an Ellwood Ellenson (Fr., F, Rice Lake, Wis.) layup that gave the road team a 59-38 lead.
The home team got as close as 16 with 5:51 and the scoreboard reading 5:51 remaining in the game, but a BSU 7-2 run pushed the lead back to 20 with three minutes left, before settling at 15 when the final buzzer sounded and the contest came to an end.
• After grabbing a lead at 3-1 1:40 into the game, the Beavers never trailed.
• BSU has now won 11 straight against Minnesota Crookston.
• Zach Noreen is averaging 19.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.1 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point land. He didn’t have a game with more than 20 points entering this season and now has three in a row. He entered the game leading the NSIC in scoring.
• Maxie Rosenbloom added eight rebounds and now owns 9.0 rebounds per game. He also totaled two blocks for his 10th and 11th of the season. Rosenbloom entered the contest second in the NSIC in rebounding and blocks.
Bemidji State opens the lid on its league home schedule Dec. 6-7 when it hosts St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth.
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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).