|December 18, 2015||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.424 (28-66)||.500 (26-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.400 (2-5)||.636 (14-22)|
Anderson - 2
Smith - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Junior William Harvey showcased his best night with the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team in its 72-65 win over University of Minnesota Crookston Friday night. Harvey finished with 28 points and 13 rebounds, both career-highs, as the Beavers (6-4, 3-3 NSIC) finish the 2015 schedule with back-to-back wins.
Harvey used a balanced attack in the first and second halves while recording his first career double-double for the Beavers. He scored the majority of his points before the Golden Eagles tied the game with 10 minutes to play in the game. Two “and-one” conversions for BSU and two turnovers by UMC allowed the Beavers to regain the lead for the remainder of the game.
The Beavers and Harvey began the game hot while going on a 7-0 run over the first two minutes, forcing three straight missed field goals by the Golden Eagles. Harvey scored seven of the team’s first nine points. The lead hovered around the seven-point mark until Elijah Valdez, coming off the bench, began a run to push BSU to a double-digit lead. After sinking two free throws, Harvey and Kaylor Zimmerman converted two layups to take a 24-13 lead with 8:13 in the half.
After trading scores, the Golden Eagles forced two missed shots and a turnover to go on a 7-1 run to reach within five. Both teams went into a scoring lull for two minutes before trading shots to end the half. Harvey converted from long-range for the final score of the half to give the Beavers a 32-25 lead heading into the locker rooms. While he made two of the team’s three 3-pointers in the first half, the Beavers finished with a 16-4 advantage in the paint.
Bemidji State began the second half like the first, this time going on an 8-0 run. Christian Pekarek knocked down his only 3-pointer of the game to spark the run while Harvey finished it with back-to-back layups. The stretch gave the Beavers their largest lead of the night, 40-25, less than three minutes into the second half.
The Golden Eagles began their run to tie the game with 13:26 on the clock. Three Bemidji State missed shots and two turnovers allowed Minnesota Crookston to go on an 8-0 run to tie the game, 46-46, with just over ten minutes in the game. Womack snapped the streak while converting the team’s first of two consecutive “and-one” plays. Ben Best capped the 8-0 run with two of his eight points on the night. Solid defense and consistent free throw shooting allowed the Beavers to hold on to the lead the rest of the way.
The Beavers finished the second half shooting 53.8 percent (14-26), leading to the team’s second 50+ percent shooting outing of the season. BSU finished at the 50 percent mark (26-52) while holding UMC to 42.4 percent (28-66). The Beavers won the battle in the paint and on the boards, 38-28 and 38-30, respectively. Harvey’s 28 points tied a team-high for the season while his 13 rebounds set a team-high for the season. He finished shooting 84.6 percent (11-13) from the field and 100 percent (3-3) from behind the arc. Womack and Valdez also reached double-digit scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Bemidji State hits the road following the holiday break to face Minot State University Jan. 2 in Minot, N.D., and University of Mary Jan. 3 in Bismarck, N.D. BSU will face MSU and U-Mary for the first of two season meetings in NSIC action.
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).