Lions spoil season opener in Beavers 62-44 loss

November 11, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State172744
Lindenwood273562
Stats at a GlanceBSUMLWU
FG Percentage.321 (17-53) .431 (22-51)
3P FG Percentage.160 (4-25) .273 (6-22)
FT Percentage.500 (6-12) .800 (12-15)
Offensive Rebounds149
Defensive Rebounds2026
Total Rebounds3435
Turnovers1711
Steals58
Bench Points1512
LeadersBSUMLWU
PointsGreen - 14
Dobbs - 19
ReboundsBader - 7
Dobbs - 11
AssistsPekarek - 2
Bader - 2
Pohlman - 5
StealsHarvey - 3
McIntosh - 3
BlocksBest - 2
Dobbs - 2
Lions spoil season opener in Beavers 62-44 loss
Friday, November 11, 2016
Lions spoil season opener in Beavers 62-44 loss

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (JustAGame Fieldhouse) -- A slow start offensively put the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team in a comeback role Friday night against Lindenwood University, one it was not able to overcome in a 62-44 loss to open the MIAA/NSIC Classic. Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green opened his Beavers (0-1) career with a team-high 14 points on 41.7 percent shooting from the field.

The game began with sputters by both squads, as no points were scored until four minutes into play. Lindenwood opened scoring with an 8-0 run, including two 3-point field goals. Senior forward Ben Best broke a six-minute scoring drought with his first layup of the night. The Beavers cut the Lions lead to two points, 19-17, with 4:25 left in the first half.

Best, senior forward Will Harvey and freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green put up all 17 points for the Beavers, led by Green with seven first-half points. Following a Green 3-pointer to close the gap to 19-17, BSU was held scoreless to end the first half. The Lions ended the first half the same as they opened it, on an 8-0 run to take a 27-17 lead into halftime. Bemidji State gave away 11 turnovers in the first half while shooting 34.8 percent from the field.

The Lions went on three runs of 6-0 or more in the second half, including a 11-0 run to take a game-high 23-point lead, 50-27, with just over 10 minutes to go in the game. Bemidji State made eight second-half baskets compared to 11 for Lindenwood. Despite a 19-9 advantage in second chance points, the Beavers allowed a 17-12 advantage to the Lions in points off turnovers and an 8-0 advantage in fast break points.

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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).

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