|January 11, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
Wayne State (Neb.)
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||WSC|
|FG Percentage||.479 (23-48)||.333 (18-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (10-24)||.250 (5-20)|
|FT Percentage||.813 (13-16)||.714 (5-7)|
Schalow - 4
WAYNE, Neb. (Rice Auditorium) – Bemidji State University men's basketball won its third straight and improved to 4-1 in the last five games Saturday with a 69-46 victory at Wayne State College in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. The Beavers improved to 10-4 overall and 7-3 in NSIC play and recorded its first league weekend road sweep since Feb. 17-18, 2012.
After recording a 2013-14 NCAA Division II-best 71.2 percent from the field Friday, the Beavers owned a shooting percentage above 60 percent through 30 minutes of play. BSU finished Saturday’s game with a modest 47.9 percentage from the field. Bemidji State knocked down 10 3-pointers (10-for-24, 41.7%) for the fifth time this season and posted an 81.3 percentage from the free throw line.
In the last five games, the Beavers are shooting 59.4 percent (161-for-271) and averaging 91.4 points per game (72.4 points allowed per game).
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) guided the attack with a game-high 25 points. He shot 8-for-16 (50%) from the field, was 4-of-10 (40%) from 3-point land and recorded a 5-for-6 (83.3%) mark from the free throw line. In the last three games, Lutes is shooting 68.9 percent from the field and averaging 29.7 points per game. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) was the only other Beaver who scored in double-figures with 10 points, while senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) posted 10 rebounds for his fifth 10-rebound performance of the season. Schalow knocked down two 3-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the free throw line, while Rosenbloom added seven points.
With the game tied 2-2 a minute into the contest, the Beavers posted an 11-0 run to open a 13-2 lead, which was capped by a Rosenbloom 3-pointer with 15:20 remaining in the opening half. The Wildcats battled back to get within six at 13-7, but the Beavers pushed their advantage to 14 at 23-9 with 11:12 showing on the game clock.
With 5:20 left in the first half, the lead was just 10 at 31-21, but the Beavers were able to go on a 11-4 run to close the frame to lead by 17, 42-25. Lutes posted 15 points in the first half.
Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) hit his first shot of the game (he played just three minutes in the first half due to foul trouble) in the opening possession of the second half to hand BSU its first 20-point lead of the game, 45-25. Wayne State cut the deficit to 14 at 45-31 with 17:07 left, but the Beavers kept coming and a 7-0 run gave the road team a 52-31 lead with 14:02 remaining in regulation.
The Bemidji State advantage hovered around 20 until a Lutes 3-pointer pushed the lead to 25 at 63-38 with 8:38 remaining. WSC responded with a 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 19 and 5:39 showing on the game clock, but it was too little, too late and the Beavers rolled to the 23-point victory, 69-46.
Bemidji State takes its three-game winning streak back home Jan. 17-18, as it battles a pair of teams it lost two earlier this season, 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).