|December 06, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|Stats at a Glance||SCSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.368 (21-57)||.387 (24-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.333 (5-15)|
|FT Percentage||.810 (17-21)||.739 (17-23)|
Stone - 4
Larson - 4
TEAM - 4
Niehaus - 2
Cruz - 2
Stone - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) gathered a Bemidji State University men's basketball record 24 rebounds and added a career-high 21 points to lift the Beavers to a 70-65 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home victory against St. Cloud State University Friday.
The effort by Rosenbloom was the first 20-point, 20-rebound game on record at Bemidji State. He went 6-for-10 from the field, knocked down his only 3-point attempt and posted an 8-for-11 performance from the free throw line. He added two blocks and a steal in 36 minutes of play. Rosenbloom already had his third double-double of the season at halftime with 13 points and 15 rebounds – the 15 rebounds in the first half established a career-high.
The previous BSU record for rebounds in a game was 20 by Stacy Pearson-Taylor March 1, 2006 versus Minnesota State University Moorhead. He scored 18 points in the game versus the Dragons. The record for rebounds in an NSIC contest is 32.
Junior guard Brock Lutes (Portland, Ore.) totaled 20 points for his third 20-point performance as a Beaver. Junior guard DJ Hervy (G, Chicago, Ill.) added 10 points, three assists and three steals. The NSIC leader in points entering the contest, senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.), was held to just nine points and seven rebounds on 4-of-13 shooting from the field.
The Beavers (5-1; 2-0 NSIC, 2-0 NSIC North) downed St. Cloud State (5-1; 1-1 NSIC, 1-1 NSIC North) for the second time in a row after a 75-71 home win last season versus the then-No. 22 Huskies. SCSU was receiving votes in the national poll entering Friday’s contest.
Bemidji State and St. Cloud State went back and forth for 40 minutes as the lead changed 14 times and the score was tied 11 times, while BSU’s largest lead was seven and SCSU’s top lead was six. Both teams shot around 38 percent from the field, the Huskies hit six 3-pointers, BSU had five and both teams made 17 free throws (SCSU – 17-for-21, BSU – 17-for-23).
The game came down to the final seconds, as BSU had the ball trailing 65-64 with 34 seconds remaining. With the shot clock turned off, BSU played for the last shot and after moving the ball around the perimeter, the Beavers passed it into the post when Noreen was fouled on the entry pass. At the line to take the lead, Noreen hit the first to tie the game, but missed the second. Luckily the smallest player on the floor, senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.), came down with the rebound and was fouled in the process with less than 20 ticks left.
He made the first to hand BSU the lead, but also missed the backend. An offense board by Rosenbloom saved the Beavers again and after a couple passes, Hevry was fouled with 13 seconds remaining. This time, there was no messing around, as Hervy drained both shots to put BSU up by three at 68-65. After a game-tying 3-point attempt fell short by Damarius Cruz, guess who, Rosenbloom, came down with the board and was fouled. He made both his free throw attempts to cap a career night and send the Beavers celebrating into the locker room.
The Beavers opened a 6-0 lead two minutes into the contest and owned a 9-2 advantage with 16:17 showing on the game clock. The lead would be BSU’s largest of the game, as SCSU came storming back to hold a one-point lead at 13-12 with 13:40 remaining in the opening frame. The Huskies’ lead moved to six, twice, which would be their largest lead of the contest. The second time was at 25-19 with 7:51 left.
A 6-0 run tied the game 35-35 with 5:22 left, as BSU converted on jumpers from three different players. The home team regained the lead on Rosenbloom’s lone 3-pointer at 28-27 with 3:39 to play in the first. The lead moved as high as four before settling at one at the break, 35-34.
Due to foul trouble, Noreen was held to just one shot in three minutes. A triad of freshmen in Ellwood Ellenson (F, Rice Lake, Wis.), Ben Best (Drummond, Wis.) and Shane White (Rhinelander, Wis.) tried to fill his shoes and successful played well on the defense end.
The second half continued to be a see-saw match as each team held a lead, but no more than two possessions. With 3:42 left in regulation SCSU led 59-56, but a 3-pointer from Hervy just a minute and half later handed BSU the 62-61 advantage. SCSU scored on a layup with 34 seconds left, setting up the wild finish at the free throw line.
• Before the home win last season, the Beavers had fallen to the Huskies seven straight times.
• Maxie Rosenbloom entered the game second in the NSIC in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and fourth in field goal percentage (63.3%).
Bemidji State concludes its NSIC home weekend with University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday at 6 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).