|February 22, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SCSU|
|FG Percentage||.361 (22-61)||.525 (31-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.235 (4-17)||.545 (12-22)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.857 (18-21)|
Cruz - 3
Fort - 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) – The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team lost 92-60 Saturday at St. Cloud State University, but finished the regular season with a 15-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference record to earn a share of the NSIC North Division Championship with SCSU and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
The Beavers entered the weekend with a two-game lead in the NSIC North, but fell twice on the weekend, allowing the two teams to earn a share of the title.
Bemidji State shot poorly for the second game in a row, while allowing its second straight opponent to shoot above 50 percent, Saturday. BSU shot 36.1 percent – its worst shooting game of the season – while the Huskies shot 52.5 percent from the field. St. Cloud State shot 54.5 percent from long range, while the Beavers shot just 23.5 percent. BSU outrebounded SCSU 38-37, but lost the assists battle 17-7.
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) led the team in scoring with 19 points, but went just 7-for-20 (35%) from the field. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) added nine points and 11 rebounds for his league-leading 13th game with 10 or more rebounds.
Both teams started a little slow, as St. Cloud State opened an 11-4 lead with 13:25 remaining in the first half. SCSU then pushed the lead to 21-6 with 9:08 showing on the game clock. Two senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) free throws capped a Bemidji State 7-2 run, as BSU trailed 23-13 with 5:56 left.
The Huskies pushed the advantage to 14 at 34-20 with 1:50 remaining, then BSU finished the half on a 5-2 run, which includes a buzzer-beater 3-pointer by Lutes.
At the half, the Beavers shot 28.6 percent, while the Huskies posted a 46.7 percentage. BSU went 2-for-10 from 3-point land, while SCSU was 4-of-9 from long range in the first half.
BSU was just within 10 at 43-33 on an Schalow 3-pointer with 17:46 showing on the game clock, then SCSU put the pedal down. The Huskies posted a 19-2 run over 4:24 of game time to take the 61-35 lead. The Beavers never recovered and fell by 32.
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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).