|December 11, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUGIE||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.500 (30-60)||.349 (22-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.526 (10-19)||.294 (10-34)|
|FT Percentage||.808 (21-26)||.636 (7-11)|
- 21||Jordan Rhodes
- 6||DJ Anderson
Irvin Womack - 2
Calvin Harrington - 2
Tanner Bruchs - 2
- 2||DJ Anderson
Clay Seifert - 1
Calvin Harrington - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell to No. 2 Augustana University, 91-61, Friday night in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest. Three Beavers scored in double digits for BSU, including leading scorer Jordan Rhodes with a career-high 16 points.
Rhodes held the hot hand for Bemidji State (4-4, 1-3 NSIC) while bringing the team to within 15 points of Augustana (7-1, 4-0 NSIC) three times midway through the second period. He converted three field goals without a miss, including two 3-pointers, in a four-minute span for eight points. Irvin Womack brought the Beavers within 14 points twice, the smallest deficit of the second half.
The Beavers began the game with solid defense against the No. 2 team in the country, forcing three missed field goal attempts. After the third missed field goal, William Harvey grabbed an offensive board and converted for a jumper in the paint to take an early 2-0 lead. The Vikings followed with a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 run through the first five minutes of play.
While Elijah Valdez snapped the streak with a shot, the Vikings followed right back with another run, 6-0, to take a 13-point lead. The Beavers missed three field-goal attempts during the run. Augustana eventually built the lead to 42-21 with under two minutes, before finishing with a 44-27 lead at halftime. Bemidji State converted 6-of-20 shots from behind the arc during the opening period.
Augustana came out of the locker room on a 9-1 run before Bemidji State saw an opportunity to get back in the game. Freshman Calvin Harrington came off the bench to spark the team while tipping in his own miss. Following back-to-back Beavers 3-pointers, Harrington against corralled his miss by earning the second-chance points and bringing the Beavers within 15. Rhodes and Womack began to warm up while cutting the deficit to 14 points.
The Vikings found a rhythm at this point, getting the ball in the paint with layups and converting shots from long range during a 16-2 run. The Beavers missed four 3-point attempts to allow the largets lead of the night, 81-52, before the final buzzer and a 91-61 loss.
Womack finished behind Rhodes (as both shot 5-of-9 from the field) with 12 points while Calvin Harrington totaled 10 off the bench. The Beavers bench totaled 49 points compared to 27 for the Vikings. BSU shot 36 percent (20-56) from the field while AU converted 49 percent (26-53). Bemidji State lost in the rebound margin, 45-32. While the Beavers totaled just two more turnovers than the Vikings, 11-9, Augustana totaled 17 points off turnovers compared to nine for Bemidji State.
Bemidji State finishes its NSIC home weekend against Wayne State College at 6 p.m. tomorrow.
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).