|December 14, 2013||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||NSU|
|FG Percentage||.395 (17-43)||.549 (28-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.364 (4-11)||.429 (6-14)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (21-27)||.684 (13-19)|
Noreen - 6
Hervy - 2
Storrusten - 1
Peterka - 1
White - 1
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start and 15-point halftime deficit at Northern State University Saturday and fell 75-59 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle at Wachs Arena.
Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) guided the Beavers (6-3, 3-2 NSIC) against the Wolves (9-2, 4-1 NSIC) with 21 points and six rebounds. He shot 9-of-17 (52.9%) from the field and totaled three steals. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) was the only other player in double-figures, as he totaled 10 points. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) added nine points and six rebounds on one shot from the field and a 7-for-8 performance from the free throw line.
BSU shot 39.5 percent from the field, while allowing the Wolves to post a 54.9 percentage. The Beavers turned 11 NSU turnovers into 14 points. Bemidji State lost the rebounding battle 33-23.
The Beavers failed to score for the first 4:30 of the contest and allowed the Wolves to open an 8-0 advantage. The Beavers got their first bucket on a Schalow 3-pointer and proceeded to post an 8-2 run to trail by just two at 10-8 with 13:37 showing on the game clock.
NSU followed with a 14-3 run to take a 24-11 lead with 7:37 to go in the opening frame. The Wolves continued to apply pressure to take a 32-13 lead before a Noreen jumper moved the score to 32-15 with 4:35 left. Northern State took its largest lead of the game at 38-17 with 2:13 remaining, but the Beavers closed the half on a 6-0 run to get within 15 at the break, 38-23.
BSU shot just 34.8 percent from the field, while Northern State was a hot 60 percent from the field, which included a 5-for-10 performance from 3-point land. Noreen had nine points in the first half.
With 17:27 left in the second half, NSU owned a 42-29 lead, then the advantage went to 10 at 42-32 on a junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) old fashioned 3-point play. The deficit sat at just five with 12:28 to play on senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) free throw to move the score to 47-42.
The Beavers were able to get within five on three more occasions during the next five minutes of play, but couldn’t break the two-possession barrier. The Wolves regained the double-figure lead with a bucket inside and led 62-51 with 5:09 left in regulation.
The Beavers trailed by just seven at 64-57 with 2:28 to play after a Schalow 3-pointer, but NSU countered with a 3-point play of its own and proceeded to make the defensive stops it needed to close the game with the 16-point victory, 75-59.
Bemidji State begins a three-game homestand Dec. 20 when University of Minnesota Crookston visits BSU Gymnasium for an 8 p.m. tilt.
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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).