|December 07, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMDM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.463 (25-54)||.510 (25-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.263 (5-19)||.400 (8-20)|
|FT Percentage||.857 (24-28)||.821 (32-39)|
Crawford - 3
Hervy - 4
Zoelle - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Behind a 30-point effort from junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.), the Bemidji State University men's basketball team posted a 90-79 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home victory against University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday to improve to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in league play.
The last time BSU opened conference play with a 3-0 record was 2004-05. That squad finished with a 10-4 NSIC record, good for second place. The 6-1 start is the best record in the first seven games of the season since the 1973-74 team opened its campaign 8-0. That team went 16-8.
The Beavers opened a 14-4 lead five minutes into the contest and never led by any less than 10 the rest of the way. Bemidji State shot 58.3 percent in the second half, en route to a 51.0 percentage from the field. BSU went to the free throw line 39 times and knocked down 32 attempts for an 82.1 percentage from the charity stripe. The Beavers posted 15 assists and won the rebounding battle 33-24.
Lutes was an efficient 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the field, 3-of-6 (50%) from 3-point land and a perfect 5-for-5 from the line. He added five rebounds and three assists.
Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) followed his 21-point, 24-rebound game with 15 points and 11 rebounds Saturday. He only shot twice from the field (made them both), as he gathered the majority of his points from the line. He went 11-for-14 (78.6%) from the free throw line, establishing career-highs in both categories. The double-double was his fifth of the season. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) added 16 points and hit three of the Beavers' eight 3-pointers. Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) totaled 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.
A Lutes tip-in handed the Beavers the 14-4 lead, then a Schalow 3-pointer opened the advantage to 17-4 with 13:33 showing on the game clock. After two made free throws from Rosenbloom the Bemidji State lead sat at 24-7 with 9:41 remaining in the opening half.
The Bulldogs battled back with a 6-2 run to trail 26-13 with 5:26 to play, but the Beavers found a 9-4 run to take their largest lead of the half at 18, 35-17 with 2:25 to left. UMD got within 13 before BSU settled on the 16-point halftime lead, 40-24. The Beavers totaled nine second chance points in the frame.
Just 2:10 into the second half, a junior guard DJ Hervy (G, Chicago, Ill.) 3-pointer handed the Beavers a 47-28 advantage. Minnesota Duluth battled back to get within 15 before the Beavers reached a 20-point lead at 62-42 on a Lutes layup with 12:39 to go in regulation.
The Bulldogs didn’t quietly let the game go, the road team bit-by-bit chipped away and with 4:26 left, trailed by just 10 at 76-66. Lutes responded with a 3-pointer, then dished a fast break assist to senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) to put the home team back up by 15. UMD would get the deficit down to 10 on three more occasions, but the Beavers continued to have an answer and never let it dip below single digits, en route to the 11-point victory, 90-79.
• On the weekend Maxie Rosenbloom averaged 18.0 points, 17.5 rebounds and shot 8-for-12 (66.7%) from the field and went 19-for-25 (76%) from the free throw line.
Bemidji State hits the road Dec. 13-14, as it travels to Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University.
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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).