|January 24, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MARY|
|FG Percentage||.538 (28-52)||.463 (25-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.143 (2-14)||.077 (1-13)|
|FT Percentage||.588 (10-17)||.500 (8-16)|
Musungayi - 2
BISMARCK, N.D (McDowell Activity Center) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team shot 72.7 percent in the second half to erase a halftime deficit and post a 68-59 road win at University of Mary Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. The victory makes six in a row for the Beavers, as they improve to 13-4 overall and 10-3 in NSIC play.
Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) recorded 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. He shot 8-for-10 from the field and added three assists, three blocks and two steals. Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) struggled in the first half, but scored 12 of his team-high 17 points in the second half. Senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his sixth double-double of the season with an even 10 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) went 7-for-9 from the free throw line and totaled 14 points.
BSU finished the game shooting 53.8 percent from the field, but hit just two of its 14 attempts from long distance and shot a poor 10-for-17 (58.8%) mark from the free throw line. The Beavers held U-Mary to 46.3 shooting from the field, 7.7 percent from the 3-point land and 50 percent from the charity stripe. Bemidji State won the rebounding battle 37-28 and the points in the paint, 44-26. BSU trailed 30-28 at the half to record its first win of the season after trailing at the half (1-4).
The Beavers knocked down their first three shots of the game to open a 6-2 lead, but went cold during the next eight minutes and U-Mary used it to take the 13-10 lead with 10:50 to play in the opening frame. The Marauder advantage went to 21-16 with 5:23 to play, but a 7-2 run by the Beavers knotted the game 23-23. The run was capped by a Lutes old-fashioned 3-point play with 3:12 remaining in the frame.
U-Mary led 30-24 with 1:14 left in the first 20 minutes, but BSU cut the deficit to just two at the half with a 4-0 run to close the frame down 30-28.
The Beavers came out of the locker room shooting the ball well and took a 36-32 lead just a minute and a half into the half. The Marauders battled back to take a 43-42 advantage with 12:28, but the road team posted a 12-2 run during the next five minutes to take a 54-45 lead. All five starters scored during the streak, while Lutes scored five points and the run was capped by a junior guard DJ Hervy (Chicago, Ill.) dunk.
The Marauders cut the deficit to just four at 54-50 with 5:57 to play, but BSU would close the door with a 9-3 run that handed Bemidji State its first 10-point lead of the game, 63-53, on a Lutes jumper with 2:10 to play. The run would be good enough to eventually post the nine-point victory.
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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).