|January 23, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
Minnesota State Moorhead
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.482 (27-56)||.473 (26-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.550 (11-20)||.227 (5-22)|
|FT Percentage||.640 (16-25)||.733 (11-15)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team was handed a weekend split Saturday in a 81-68 loss to No. 7 Minnesota State University Moorhead. Senior DJ Anderson continued his strong performance while chipping in 16 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Beavers (9-9, 6-8 NSIC).
After recording his first career double-double the night earlier against Northern State University, Anderson came to the verge of triple-double conversation. Four Beavers in total reached double-digit scoring, as Ben Best, William Harvey and Jordan Rhodes all recorded 12 points.
The Beavers were unable to grab a lead during the game, as the Dragons opened the first half on a 7-2 run. Christian Pekarek hit his first 3-pointer of the game to bring BSU within two points. BSU and MSUM traded scores over the next two minutes as Ben Best brought the Beavers to a 13-11 deficit, the smallest margin the rest of the first half. Harvey scored six points through the remaining 14 minutes until halftime to head into the locker room trailing, 39-27.
Calvin Harrington opened the second half with a jumper in the paint to bring the deficit to 10 points, but the Dragons would hold the lead above that point the remainder of the game. With five minutes remaining in the game, Irvin Womack found Best in the paint to begin a 6-0 run. Best scored all six points during the streak to bring the Beavers within 11, 71-60. Bemidji State missed just two field goal attempts over the final minutes, but MSU Moorhead converted five free throws, one layup and one 3-pointer to hold on to the win.
The Beavers outscored the Dragons in the paint, 40-10, while MSUM took advantage of 3-point shooting, 11 conversions to five for BSU. Bemidji State finished shooting 47.3 percent (26-55) from the field and 22.7 (5-22) from behind the arc, while MSU Moorhead shot 48.2 percent (27-56) from the floor and 55 percent (11-20) from long range.
Bemidji State finishes a four-game home span Jan. 29-30 while hosting Winona State University and Upper Iowa University. The Beavers will face the Warriors and Peacocks in the teams' only meetings of the season.
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).