|February 14, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.500 (29-58)||.472 (25-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.318 (7-22)|
|FT Percentage||.630 (17-27)||.850 (17-20)|
O'Brien - 22
Schalow - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The lead changed 17 times and the game was tied on 19 occasions Friday, but a 8-0 second-half run by visiting No. 18 Minnesota State University, Mankato would prove to be the difference in a 79-74 Bemidji State University men's basketball loss to the Mavericks.
The Beavers fell to 17-6 overall and 14-5 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, while Minnesota State improved to 22-4 overall, 16-3 in league games. With losses by Minnesota State University Moorhead and St. Cloud State University, BSU remains two-games up for the lead in the NSIC North.
Coming off 43 points Feb. 8, junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) totaled 32 points against the Mavericks on 9-for-18 shooting from the field, a 4-for-10 effort from 3-point range and posted a 10-for-11 (missed his first attempt) mark from the free throw line. Lutes has scored 30 or more points in each of the last three games and a league-leading six times this season. He added four assists, three rebounds and two steals, while playing all 40 minutes. Senior forwards Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) and Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 10 points each, while Rosenbloom brought down seven rebounds and Noreen had five.
Due to foul trouble, Noreen only played 20 minutes (he averages 29 minutes per game), 12 in the second half and fouled out with a minute to go. His backup, Dillon Floyd (Jr., F, Palm Springs, Calif.) also fouled out, as he exited with 5:39 remaining. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) totaled eight points and hit two 3-pointers, while recording his first-career block. Schalow has knocked down at least two 3-pointers in six consecutive games. Senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) played 27 minutes and totaled seven points, five assists, four steals and four rebounds.
The stat line for the teams was fairly even, as MSU shot 50 percent from the field to BSU’s 47.2 percent. The Beavers shot 31.8 percent from long range and 85 percent from the free throw line, while the Mavericks hit on 23.5 percent of their 3-point attempts and 63 percent of their free throws. Minnesota State had 17 assists to BSU’s 13 and 11 steals to the home team’s nine. The blaring stat was rebounding, where the Mavericks won 37-28, which included a 13 to six advantage on the offensive glass. Fortunately BSU only allowed eight second chance points and totaled nine of its own.
Neither team led by more than three points in the first half, while the game was tied 10 times and the lead changed on nine occasions. A Floyd 3-pointer handed the Beavers a 25-22 lead with 6:42 remaining in the half, but was answered by a Zach Romanshko dagger from downtown. A minute later Lutes pulled up from beyond the arc to lift the team to a 28-25 advantage, but again Romanshko responded with a deep bucket to knot the contest 28-28 with 5:13 showing on the game clock.
The Mavericks broke the tie with a 7-4 run, which included two fast break layups, to open a 35-32 lead with just under a minute to play in the opening half. Lutes responded on the other end with a layup to cut the deficit to one, but a layup by MSU on its offensive end led to a 37-34 halftime score in favor of the road team.
A MSU layup would hand it the largest lead of the game by any team at five, 39-34, but the Beavers responded with an 8-1 run to open the two-point advantage, 42-40 with 17:10 on the game clock. The teams went back to trading leads and knocking down shots to knot the contest, but BSU led 56-55 with 8:45 showing on the game clock.
The Mavericks regained the lead with a 3-0 run to take the 58-56 lead, but two Lutes free throws knotted the contest up for the 19th and final time at 58-58 and 6:31 left in the game. A dunk got the run for Minnesota State started, followed by a 3-point play. After a turnover the Mavericks went down and scored another bucket to open up a seven-point lead, 65-58 with just under five minutes to play. A free throw coming out of a media timeout ended the 8-0 run and gave MSU the 66-58 lead with 4:08 remaining.
Lutes knocked down a pair of three throws to stop the bleeding, but with 2:49 showing on the game clock, the Mavericks hit a heart-breaking 3-pointer to go up nine, 71-62. The Minnesota State lead was 11 with 1:05 left in regulation, but the Beavers weren’t about to give up and got the deficit to three with 15 ticks left on a Lutes 3-pointer, but it was too little too late and the Mavericks hit enough of their free throws down the stretch to take the contest. 79-74.
The Beavers (11-3 at home in 2013-14) welcome Concordia University, St. Paul Saturday for a 6 p.m. contest that wraps the regular season home schedule. Saturday also serves as Senior Day for five players.
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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).