|January 22, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.567 (34-60)||.579 (33-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (13-26)||.526 (10-19)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (8-13)||.875 (14-16)|
Womack - 16
Rhodes - 16
Pollard - 2
Womack - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- True freshman Calvin Harrington threw up a 3-pointer to win the game for the Bemidji State University men's basketball team Friday night, his second game-winning shot in BSU’s previous two wins. The thrilling ending gave the Beavers (9-8, 6-7 NSIC) the 90-89 win against the Wolves (11-8, 7-6 NSIC) at the BSU Gymnasium.
Three Beavers scored 16 points to lead the team, including Harrington who scored all his in the second half. Six student-athletes reached double-digit scoring while senior guard DJ Anderson recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and 13 assists. The most impactful assist by Anderson came on the final score of the night, finding Harrington on the right side behind the arc to set up the game winner.
Following opening free throws from Jordan Rhodes to open the game, the Wolves went on a 7-0 run as the Beavers missed three field goals and turned the ball over once. Irvin Womack helped guide an 8-2 run to tie the game at 10 with 13:21 to go in the period. Both teams tied the game six times throughout the first half. Bemidji State knocked down all five of its first half 3-pointers during the final 12 minutes of play.
Ben Best sank a layup with just over two minutes in the half to take a 37-35 lead. Northern State followed with a 3-pointer that sparked a 10-0 run to end the half. Four missed shots and two turnovers helped NSU on the run after staying within three points for over 10 minutes of play.
The Beavers began a 53-point second half by trading scores with the Wolves. After facing a 53-40 deficit with 18:29 to go in the game, BSU began a run for a one-possession game. Harrington made the first of his two 3-pointers on the night to bring the Beavers within two points, 60-58, with 11:14 in the game. He soon created a steal on which he was fouled while attempting a shot. He made both free throws to grab a one-point lead. The Wolves created opportunity in their paint to quickly retake the lead. Two turnovers by the BSU allowed NSU to take an eight-point advantage with just under seven minutes remaining.
Bemidji State trailed 87-80 with 1:10 to go, as Northern State had just converted a jumper in the paint. Senior Irvin Womack sank two free throws before Anderson grabbed a steal. A missed layup from Anderson led to two offensive boards and a trip to the free throw line for Harrington. After converting one of two, Best grabbed the rebound before Anderson put a layup in to trail by two points. Northern State scored its final bucket of the night, leaving Bemidji State with a four-point deficit and 20 seconds to go. Harrington corralled an offensive rebound off a missed 3-pointer, converting the score for second-chance points. BSU fouled to force free throws, in which NSU missed both. Harrington pulled in the board before passing up to Anderson. Anderson drove up with seconds to go before finding Harrington for the game-winning 3-pointer.
Harrington, Rhodes and Womack all finished with 16 points, while Will Harvey followed with 15. Anderson and Best wrapped up double-digit scorers for Bemidji State with 12 apiece. The Beavers finished shooting a season-high 57.9 percent (33-57) from the field and 52.6 percent (10-19) from behind the arc. Bemidji State outrebounded Northern State, 30-24.
Bemidji State and No. 7 Minnesota State University Moorhead wrap up the NSIC North weekend tomorrow. The Beavers and Dragons tipoff at 6 p.m. at the 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).