|December 05, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||UMD|
|FG Percentage||.448 (26-58)||.418 (23-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.227 (5-22)||.444 (8-18)|
|FT Percentage||.588 (10-17)||.606 (20-33)|
Best - 17
Harrington - 17
Newton - 3
Pekarek - 1
Zimmerman - 1
Harvey - 1
Harrington - 1
Coleman - 1
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team led University of Minnesota Duluth in nearly all major categories, but a difference in 3-point shooting led to Saturday's 74-67 loss in Duluth, Minn. The Beavers (4-3, 1-2 NSIC) drained all of their 3-point attempts in the second after trailing the Bulldogs by three at halftime.
Three scorers helped the Beavers to an early one-point lead, capped by Ben Best who put up four points to take an 8-7 lead. BSU went 1-of-4 over the next three and a half minutes to aid UMD in a four-point lead. Best again added four consecutive points to tie the game before bringing the team within one point with under two minutes remaining in the half. Both teams traded scores over the final minutes as the Beavers finished the first half 0-of-10 from long-range.
DJ Anderson sank the team’s first 3-pointer of the night at 16:44 in the second half for three of his 17 points on the night. Three minutes later, Christian Pekarek followed with a 3-pointer of his own to bring the deficit down to one point. The shot was the Beavers’ only field goal during the three minute span.
Calvin Harrington made a shot from long-range to give the Beavers’ their first lead since 13:26 in the first half, 48-47. Six failed BSU shots and one turnover led to a 20-9 run by UMD over the next seven minutes. The Beavers’ followed with seven unanswered points, but the Bulldogs were able to sink free throws to seal the 74-67 win.
Anderson, Best and Calvin Harrington led the Beavers with 17 points, as Best added his second double-double of the season with 11 rebounds. BSU led by one point for its largest lead of the night, coming in the first half and multiple times in the second. The Bulldogs used small runs in the final half to build a 15-point lead, as the Beavers eventually chipped it down to seven.
Bemidji State shot 44.8 percent (26-58) from the field and 22.7 percent (5-22) from beyond the arc, all coming in the second half. BSU outrebounded UMD, 42-34, while totaling 15 second chance points.
Bemidji State returns home to open NSIC home-play against Augustana University and Wayne State College Dec. 11-12 in BSU Gymnasium.
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).