|February 20, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||NSU|
|FG Percentage||.500 (28-56)||.500 (24-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.474 (9-19)||.478 (11-23)|
|FT Percentage||.571 (4-7)||.667 (12-18)|
Evans - 6
Evans - 1
Fries - 1
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team had a chance to repeat a last-second victory against Northern State University Saturday night but the Wolves prevailed in a 71-69 win over the Beavers at Wachs Arena. Despite lock down defense from senior guard DJ Anderson, NSU’s Skye Warwick sank a 3-point prayer in the final seconds to force BSU into a last second possession.
The Beavers (10-16, 7-15 NSIC) and Wolves (17-11, 13-9 NSIC) came down to the final seconds for the second time this season, with the ball bouncing the other way in Saturday’s meeting. Following the Wolves conversion to go up 71-69, the Beavers held one more possession to attempt to take the game. BSU turned the ball over, though, with three seconds remaining to seal the game.
Senior forward Irvin Womack reached 20-plus points for the second consecutive night after previously holding a career high of 17 in a game. He finished with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 14 in the second half, and added six rebounds. Womack led BSU in both halves while keeping the team within two points of NSU heading into halftime.
The lead changed teams seven times in the opening period with the Wolves holding the slight edge after one, 26-24. The Beavers shot 38.5 percent in the first half and followed with an improved effort in the second. Northern State went on a 9-2 run beginning three minutes into the second half to take its largest lead of the night, 43-35. Center Ben Best, forward Will Harvey and guard Christian Pekarek quickly brought the Beavers back within two after an 8-0 run.
Womack regained the lead for BSU with five and a half minutes to go after sinking a 3-pointer. Another shot from downtown just over one minute later gave the Beavers their largest lead of the night, 61-56. After Northern State retook the lead, Harvey sank a jumper in the paint to take a 69-68 lead with 23 seconds remaining until the final game-changing sequence for NSU.
Womack led BSU with seven rebounds followed by guard Calvin Harrington with six. Best scored 13 points and totaled five boards. Bemidji State finished the night shooting 50.0 percent (28-56) from the floor and 47.4 percent (9-19) from long range. Northern State also shot 50.0 percent (24-48) from the field and 47.8 percent (11-23) from behind the arc. The Beavers led the rebound margin, 32-25, including a 13-2 lead in second chance points.
Bemidji State opens the first round of the NSIC postseason tournament at Minnesota State University Mankato Wednesday, February 24. The Beavers and Mavericks tip off at 7 p.m. from Mankato, Minn.
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).