|February 15, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||CU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.412 (28-68)||.538 (35-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (10-25)||.407 (11-27)|
|FT Percentage||.846 (11-13)||.600 (9-15)|
Crockett - 2
Farrington - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team closed the regular season home slate Saturday with a 90-77 victory against Concordia University, St. Paul in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The game served as Senior Day for five Beavers, as BSU improved to 18-6, 15-4 in league play and in the process clinched at least a share of the NSIC North Title.
With a two-game lead in the NSIC North over Minnesota State University Moorhead and St. Cloud State University, the Beavers are in control of their own destiny to earn the outright NSIC North Title and the No. 1 seed in the North for the NSIC/Sanford Health Men’s Basketball Tournament.
The 18th win gives BSU 18 or more wins for the third consecutive season, which marks the first time in program history the Beavers have done so. Only six teams have recorded 18 or more wins in the 92-years of Bemidji State basketball. Only two have reached 20 wins, with the record of 22 victories set by the 2011-12 team.
The Beavers head to the road to end the regular season, Feb. 21-22 at University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State, but will return home for the first round of the tournament, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m.
All five seniors started, which included the first-career start for Brock Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.), who hit the first shot of the game, a 3-pointer, and ended with eight points. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) knocked down three, 3-pointers and added a career-high nine rebounds, three more than his previous best. Senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his league-leading 10th double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) posted 17 points and eight rebounds with four assists and two steals. Senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) earned his first start of the season and made the best of it with 10 assists, his third 10-plus assists game of the season, with five rebounds and two steals.
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) posted his fourth straight 30-plus game with 33. He has six games with 30 or more points. He went 13-for-17 (76.5%) from the field, 4-for-7 (57.1%) from 3-point land and a 3-for-4 (75%) effort from the free throw line.
The Beavers shot 53.8 percent from the field for the 14th 50-plus percentage game his season. BSU went 11-for-27 (40.7%) from 3-point land. CU shot 41.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range. Bemidji State dished out 20 assists for the eighth time this season. The Beavers won the rebounding battle 40-34. BSU only turned the ball over eight times, tying the season-low this season.
BSU trailed 7-3 with 18:23 remaining, but posted an 18-4 run during the next six minutes to open a 21-11 advantage. CU responded with a 12-5 run to cut the deficit to 26-23 with 9:33 left. Schalow ended the run with a 3-pointer, then Lutes scored five unanswered and lead was back to double-digits at 36-26 with 6:04 to play in the opening frame.
Bemidji State led 36-28 with 5:33 left, then closed the half on a 19-7 run to own a 55-35 halftime lead. BSU shot 57.9 percent from the field in the frame and hit eight 3-pointers.
The lead sat at a comfortable 20 with 13:18 remaining, 69-49, but CU made the home team a little shifty when it posted a 14-3 run that cut the deficit to single digits at 72-63 with 8:30 remaining. A Rosenbloom layup ended the drought and the lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way.
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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).