|February 24, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.404 (23-57)||.372 (29-78)|
|3P FG Percentage||.316 (6-19)||.375 (6-16)|
|FT Percentage||.864 (19-22)||.739 (17-23)|
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- Two 20-plus point efforts from seniors DJ Anderson and Irvin Womack were not enough Wednesday as the Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament opener to Minnesota State University Mankato, 81-71. Womack scored 17 first-half points while Anderson closed the final half with 17 for the Beavers (10-16, 7-15 NSIC).
Anderson finished the game with 21 points to lead the team while Womack recorded 20. Womack reached the 20-point plateau for the third consecutive game. Anderson led the team with seven rebounds, as the team rebound margin was the deciding factor. Minnesota State won the battle on the boards, 51-34, while converting 21 offensive rebounds for 18 second-chance points.
The Beavers took an early lead, 5-2, two minutes into the game, but the Mavericks answered with a 9-0 run to take the lead for the next 14 minutes. Womack sparked a 14-5 run beginning from the halfway mark in the period to regain the lead with less than four minutes to go in the half. BSU held on to the lead through halftime, led by Womack with 17 first-half points.
Both teams traded scores over the first three minutes of the second half before the Mavericks went on a 10-0 run to take a 48-39 lead. MSU later pushed the lead to double-digits over the next five minutes. The lead hovered around 10 points until guard DJ Anderson took advantage of a missed MSU shot and converted with an assist to guard Christian Pekarek for three points. The score brought the Beavers within six points, 69-63, with less than three minutes in the game. The Mavericks converted free throws over the final minutes to seal the game.
Anderson added five assists to his 21 points and seven rebounds, and Womack totaled four rebounds and one block. Pekarek followed the duo in scoring with eight points, sinking 2-of-2 from behind the arc and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe.
As a team, Bemidji State shot 40.4 percent (23-57) from the field, 31.6 percent (6-19) from downtown and 86.4 percent (19-22) from the free throw line. The Mavericks shot 37.2 percent (29-78) from the field and scored 10 points off turnovers.
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).