|January 17, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM-M||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.418 (28-67)||.536 (30-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.095 (2-21)||.294 (5-17)|
|FT Percentage||.591 (13-22)||.750 (12-16)|
Clark - 3
Rosenbloom - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team held a 17-point lead with 11:56 remaining in regulation and had to survive a Minnesota State University Moorhead run that moved the BSU advantage to just two before winning 77-71 Friday at BSU Gymnasium.
The Beavers have won four straight, are 5-1 in their last six and sit tied for the NSIC North lead at 8-3 with Saturday’s opponent, Northern State University, which is set for a 6 p.m. start.
The Bemidji State (11-4 overall) lead was just two at 69-67 with 1:50 left, which capped a 27-12 MSU Moorhead (11-4, 7-4 NSIC) run in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference battle. Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) moved the lead back to a two-possession contest with a layup, but the Dragons responded on the next trip down the court with a bucket of their own. The Beavers went back to Noreen and he delivered again to hand BSU the 73-69 lead with 52 ticks remaining. MSUM found a basket after its 19th offensive rebound of the night to cut the Beaver lead to two at 73-71 with 22 seconds remaining.
Forced to foul, the Dragons sought out senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) and he went to the line - shooting 67.4 percent from the line entering the contest - and knocked down two cold-blooded shots from the charity stripe. MSUM got a shot off with 12 ticks left, then brought down its 20th offensive board to open a 3-point attempt. The shot was off the mark and Rosenbloom came down with his 10th rebound of the game. He was immediately fouled and went to the line and tickled the twine twice more to ice the victory.
The Beavers continued to shoot the ball extremely well and after a 53.6 percent performance from the field Friday, the team, in the last six games, is shooting 58.4 percent from the field. The 3-ball numbers dipped, as BSU shot just 29.4 percent, but the team held MSUM to a dismal 9.5 percentage (2-for-21) from beyond the arc. The Dragons entered the game shooting 41.3 percent from long range in league play, which was good for fourth in the NSIC. BSU lost the rebounding battle, 40-33, which included 20 offensive rebounds for the Dragons, but only resulted in 16 second chance points.
Rosenbloom totaled a career-high 22 points on 8-for-9 (88.9%) shooting from the field and a 6-for-9 effort from the free throw line. He pulled down 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and sixth game with 10 or more rebounds. Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) added 20 points for his eighth game with 20 or more points - the fourth straight. He added six rebounds and two steals, while playing all 40 minutes. Noreen was an efficient 7-for-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from 3-point land for 16 points in just 23 minutes.
The Beavers shot about 70 percent through the first 15 minutes of play to open up a 17-point lead at 37-20 with 5:21 showing on the first half game clock. A 9-4 run during the next 3:23 of game time by the Dragons cut the deficit to 12 at 41-29. The Beavers went into the locker room with a 12-point lead at 43-31 behind 14, 13 and 10 points from Lutes, Rosenbloom and Noreen, respectfully. BSU finished the half shooting 58.6 percent.
The early minutes of the second half were all Bemidji State, as BSU built its 17-point lead with 11:56 remaining. The Dragons chipped away and trailed by just nine at 60-51 with eight minutes showing on the game clock. The Beaver lead hovered between nine and seven for the next four minutes until an 8-2 Dragon run got them within a shot at 66-63 with 3:39 remaining. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) knocked down a big 3-pointer, his only one of the game, from atop the key to get it back to six at 69-63. MSUM would counter with a 4-0 run to trail 69-67 with 1:50 left and set-up the late-game excitement.
The Beavers shot 48.1 percent in the second half and knocked down 7-of-10 free throws, while MSUM shot 41.7 percent and hit on just 8-of-14 attempts from the charity stripe.
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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).