|January 10, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.712 (37-52)||.426 (23-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.579 (11-19)||.429 (9-21)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (12-16)||.923 (24-26)|
Schilling - 5
Beyer - 3
SIOUX FALLS, S.D (Elmen Center) – The hot shooting ways of the Bemidji State University men's basketball continued Friday, as the Beavers established a program record for field goal percentage for the second time this season. BSU shot 71.2 percent from the field to down Augustana College 97-79 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest in Sioux Falls, S.D.
In NCAA Division II, through games played Jan. 9, the best single game shooting performance was 69.5 percent by Colorado School of Mines. The 71.2 percent establishes a new high in 2013-14 for Division II and surpasses the previous program high, set Dec. 20 at home versus University of Minnesota Crookston when BSU recorded a 68.5 percentage. The Beavers shot 75 percent from the field in the first half and a modest 66.7 percent in the second half.
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) recorded a season-high 34 points to guide the Beaver attack. He didn't miss a shot until halfway through the second half, en route to shooting 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the field, 4-of-6 (66.7%) from 3-point land and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Lutes becomes the first player since James Ellisor to score 34 or more points in a game for BSU, as Ellisor recorded 34 points on three occasions in 2011-12. Lutes is also the first to score back-to-back 30 point games (he scored 30 versus Upper Iowa Jan. 4), since Ellisor scored 30-plus points in three straight games Feb. 18-25, 2012.
Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) recorded his sixth 20-point game of 2013-14 with 24 points on 9-for-14 (64.3%) shooting from the field and a 5-for-9 (55.6%) effort from 3-point land. The five 3-pointers ties a career-high, while the nine attempts is a career-best. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) totaled 13 points and nine rebounds, while fellow senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) added 12 points. Senior Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) posted his first-career double-double with 12 points and 11 assists. The 11 helpers marks the second straight game with 11 assists for Farrington, which ties a career-best.
The Beavers knocked down 11-of-19 shots from beyond the arc for a 57.9 percentage. Bemidji State dished out 22 assists in the game for the sixth contest this season that the team has totaled 20 or more helpers. BSU won the rebounding battle 30-20.
The game started as an even contest with the teams tied tied 7-7 with 15:59 remaining in the opening half, but then the shots started falling for the road team. BSU (9-4, 6-3 NSIC) posted an 11-0 run, which included three, 3-pointers to hand the Beavers the 18-7 lead with 12:59 left.
Augustana (9-6, 6-3 NSIC) cut the deficit to six at 18-12, but the Beavers continued to knock down shots and with 8:39 remaining, a Noreen 3-pointer gave Bemidji State the 34-16 lead, which forced an Augie timeout. The stoppage didn’t slow down BSU and with 6:10 left, the road team had a 20-point lead on a Schalow layup, 40-20. A Rosenbloom old-fashioned 3-point play gave the Beavers their largest lead of the half, 45-22 with 4:37 left before the lead settled at 20, 52-32 heading into the locker room.
BSU knocked down seven 3-pointers in the first half, but also dominated the paint, ouscoring Augie 28-12. Lutes was 8-for-8, 3-for-3 and 2-for-2 from the field, 3-point line and the charity stripe, respectfully, in the first 20 minutes for 21 points. Noreen had 16 at the break, while Farrington recorded eight assists.
With 11:29 left in regulation it seemed Bemidji Stat was going to run away with a big road victory, leading 66-45, but Augie had a different idea. A 10-2 run cut the BSU lead to 12 at 67-55 with 9:16 showing on the game clock, then a 3-point show ensued, as both teams knocked down two 3-pointers in a matter of two minutes of game time.
Another Augustana 3-pointer with 5:08 remaining cut the deficit to 11 at 77-66, then with 4:05 left, Augie again trailed by 11, 79-68. An 8-3 Bemidji State run would ensure a victory, as BSU led 87-71 with 2:48 remaining before coming away with an 18-point win, 97-79.
Bemidji State will look to sweep the road weekend when it travels to Wayne State College Saturday for a 6 p.m. league contest.
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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).