|December 13, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSUM-M|
|FG Percentage||.481 (25-52)||.403 (25-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (3-8)||.321 (9-28)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (15-21)||.818 (18-22)|
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) – In a battle of undefeated Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference teams, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team (6-2, 3-1 NSIC) fell 77-68 at Minnesota State University Moorhead (8-0, 4-0 NSIC) Friday at the Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Junior guard DJ Hervy (G, Chicago, Ill.) totaled a season-high 23 points for BSU.
All five Bemidji State starters scored in double-figures, guided by Hervy’s 23 points on 9-of-14 (69.2%) shooting from the field, a 2-for-3 (66.7%) effort from beyond the arc and a perfect 3-for-3 evening from the line. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) added 13 points and a game-high eight rebounds.
The Beavers shot 48.1 percent from the field, while holding MSUM to 40.3 percent. The Dragons knocked down nine 3-pointers, while BSU hit just three. The Beavers totaled 15 turnovers and just six assists. MSUM boasted 17 points on those 15 turnovers. The Dragons had 11 players record at least nine minutes and totaled 39 points off the bench.
The Beavers came out of the gates shooting the ball extremely well and led 11-3 with 14:34 remaining in the first half. BSU shot 71.4 percent in the first 5:26 of the half, while it allowed MSUM to post just a 9.1 percentage. The run was guided by five points from Hervy.
The Dragons quickly regrouped and posted a 13-0 run to open a 16-13 lead with 9:49 remaining in the frame. A pair of junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) free throws stopped the bleeding, but MSUM continued to apply pressure and owned a 22-15 lead with 8:28 left. The Beavers battled back to trail by just two a 24-22 on a senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) 3-pointer. The back-and-forth contest swung back into the favor of the home team and an 8-0 run by the Dragons gave them their first double-digit lead of the half at 32-22 with 4:36 showing on the game clock.
The MSUM lead reached 11 at 37-26 with 1:43 left in the frame. BSU was able to hold the Dragons scoreless in the final 1:43, but scored just two points and trailed 37-26 at the break.
The Beavers struggled from the field after the first five minutes and finished with a 39.1 percentage after 20 minutes. MSUM concluded the half shooting 30.6 percent. BSU turned the ball over nine times and that allowed the Dragons to score 10 points off turnovers. Five Beavers had four or more points at the half, led by eight from Rosenbloom.
After trading baskets early in the second half, a pair of Beaver layups put BSU down six at 42-36 and forced a MSUM timeout with 17:06 remaining. The Dragon lead was back to 10 at 48-38 at the first media timeout of the frame and 14:30 showing on the clock.
The Beavers came out of the timeout and posted a 5-0 run during three minutes of game clock to trail by just five at 48-43 with under 11:30 remaining. A pair of buckets in the paint by Lutes and Hervy got the Beavers within two at 52-50 with 9:02 left in regulation.
The Dragons responded with a 13-0 run to open a three-possession game at 65-50 with 6:02 remaining in the second half. A Hervy 3-pointer stopped the run and two possessions later he converted on an old-fashioned 3-point play to get BSU within nine at 67-58 and 4:18 on the clock.
The teams traded buckets during the next 2:30 of play and after a Hervy pull-up jumper the Beavers trailed 73-65 with 1:48 left. An Ellwood Ellenson (Fr., F, Rice Lake, Wis.) free throw with 28 ticks left put BSU down 75-68, but there just wasn’t enough time for the comeback, as the Beavers fell 77-68.
Bemidji State completes the NSIC roadie with Northern State University Saturday at 7 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).