January 03, 20141st2nd1OT Final
Winona State42341187
Bemidji State38381086
Stats at a GlanceWSUBSUM
FG Percentage.500 (28-56) .475 (29-61)
3P FG Percentage.353 (6-17) .429 (9-21)
FT Percentage.694 (25-36) .679 (19-28)
Offensive Rebounds119
Defensive Rebounds3021
Total Rebounds4130
Turnovers1214
Steals812
Bench Points1726
LeadersWSUBSUM
PointsBambenek - 24
Noreen - 16
ReboundsTaylor - 16
Noreen - 7
AssistsCameron - 9
Lutes - 8
StealsTaylor - 4
Farrington - 5
BlocksO'Laughlin - 2
Rosenbloom - 1
Hervy - 1
Bench provides spark in 87-86 overtime loss to Winona State
Friday, January 3, 2014
Bench provides spark in 87-86 overtime loss to Winona State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team went to battle with the Warriors of Winona State University Friday at BSU Gymnasium, but came out on the losing end of an 87-86 overtime result. The Beavers had opportunities to win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game on the last shot in both the regulation and overtime sessions, but couldn’t find the last big play.

The Warriors entered the game 11-2 overall and 6-0 in NSIC play and were receiving votes in the national poll. Bemidji State (7-4, 4-3 NSIC) and Winona State traded the lead eight times and the contest was tied nine times in the 45 minutes of game time. WSU shot 50 percent from the field, while BSU posted a 47.5 percentage. The Beavers knocked down nine 3-pointers (42.9%), but shot just 19-of-28 from the charity stripe, which included three missed free throws in overtime.

The Beaver bench came up big and totaled 26 points. Sophomore Dillon Floyd (F, Palm Springs, Calif.) totaled a career-high 23 minutes (previous career-high was seven) and provided a huge post presence when seniors Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) and Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) were on the bench due to foul trouble. He scored 11 points and added four rebounds with two steals. Sixth-man senior Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) continued his pesky ways on the defensive end with five steals, one shy of his career-high he set earlier this season. He also got it done on the offensive end with eight points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field a 2-for-3 effort from beyond the arc. Forward Shane White (Rhinelander, Wis.) added seven points in 13 minutes. The three combined for just three turnovers in 60 minutes of play.

Noreen led the Beavers with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) totaled 14 points, which included a 7-for-7 effort from the free throw line. Junior DJ Hervy (G, Chicago, Ill.) recorded 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 41 minutes. Junior guard Brock Lutes (Portland, Ore.) posted 11 points and dished a season-high eight assists (seven in the second half and overtime).

The Beavers started slow and Winona State capitalized, as it opened a 16-3 lead four minutes into the contest. BSU was able to trade baskets with the road team and trailed by 12 at 26-14 with 10:18 to play in the opening half. The Beavers then posted a 12-2 run to get within two at 28-26 with 7:17 left in the first. During the run, four different players scored, guided by five points by Floyd.

WSU was able to hold a one or two possession lead during the next four minutes and led 36-30 with 3:12 showing on the clock. The Beavers would go on to win the next 3:06 with an 8-3 run to get within one at 39-38 on five points from the bench. The Warriors would knock down a dagger from beyond the arc before the half to own the 42-38 advantage at the break. BSU got 19 points from its bench in the frame.

The second half continued to be in the favor of the Warriors, as WSU led 54-45 with 14:09 left in regulation. The Beavers then posted a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to just two at 54-52 with 12:05 showing on the clock. The Beavers stayed with the Warriors, but couldn’t break through to find a lead until a 6-1 run during nearly two minutes of play handed the home team their first lead since 3-2 at 63-61 with 7:26 remaining.

The Beavers opened a lead as large as four during the next two minutes, but the game sat tied 69-69 with 4:14 left. The contest was tied again 74-74 just two minutes later, but after two successful free throws by Hervy, the Beavers owned the 76-75 lead with 1:01 left. BSU got the stop it needed on the other end, but a turnover allowed the Warriors the final shot with under 15 ticks left. WSU’s Taylor Cameron drove the lane with six seconds left and was fouled by Noreen, his fifth. He missed the front end of the two-shot foul and knocked down the second to knot the game for the sixth time. Lutes had a contested 3-point look at the end of regulation, but it wouldn’t go down and the game was sent to an extra session.

In the first 15 seconds, Warrior big man Skyler O’Laughlin was whistled for his fifth foul, which set off Winona State head coach Mike Leaf and he was called for the technical (the second of the game, as O’Laughlin was called for one in the second half). Schalow converted on all four three throws and BSU had the early lead.

The excitement didn’t stop in the extra frame, as WSU came back to tie the game 80-80 with 3:46 left. After trading 3-pointers, the teams each scored two points and the game was tied for the last time 85-85. Lutes drove hard to the basket with 51 ticks left and was fouled. He went to the line, but failed to convert his second attempt and the ball was in the hands of the Warriors. With 15 seconds left, again the ball went to Cameron and after falling short on a layup attempt, he was able to recover his own rebound and put home what would be the game-winning shot. Lutes again had a chance, but was surrounded by purple jerseys on his attempt and the Beavers fell in the heartbreaker, 87-86.

Next Up

Bemidji State concludes a three-game homestand with Upper Iowa University 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).

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