|November 29, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NCM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.344 (21-61)||.535 (38-71)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.467 (14-30)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.688 (11-16)|
Thomas Whiting - 11
McNallan - 5
Harrison Lucas - 1
Thomas Whiting - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – A group effort from the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team Tuesday night helped propel the program to its first instance of consecutive games with at least 100 points since 2003. BSU (2-3) closed out its non-conference schedule with a 101-58 win at home against Northland College (1-4).
A trio of upperclassmen and a true freshman scored in double-digits to pace a balance attack from the Beavers at BSU Gymnasium. It was a shooter’s game early on as both squads traded shots from behind the 3-point arc. In all, BSU converted a season-high 14 3-pointers for 42 points coming from behind the arc and 42 points from the paint while holding the lead for the entirety of the game.
Senior Ben Best, juniors Sharif Black and Christian Pekarek, and freshman Jai’Vionne Green each notched at least 13 points during the game. Green and Best paced the attack in the first half, as Green led the team with 13 first-half points and Best put in 11.
Bemidji State’s first six shots of the game were 3-pointers, while Best and Black were the only two to sink their attempts. Senior Will Harvey and Green later made 3-pointers of their own before Best put BSU up nine, 22-13, midway through the first half. The Beavers were able to extend that lead to a first-half high of 14 points following an 8-0 run over a two-and-a-half-minute span with 6:35 remaining in the half. Northland remained within striking distance of BSU in the closing minutes of the half, as the Beavers held a 47-34 advantage heading into the locker room.
The Lumberjacks were able to pull to under a 10-point deficit of the Beavers to begin the second half, but following the first media timeout of period, BSU went on a 10-0 run to take a 65-48 lead. After Northland stopped the run with a layup, Bemidji State forced six missed field goals and four turnovers by the Lumberjacks over a seven-minute span to extend the lead to 27 points, 76-49. BSU closed the game on a 22-4 run for the team’s third game with at least 100 points under head coach Mike Boschee.
BSU finished the second half with 17 points off nine Northland turnovers, after the Lumberjacks had allowed just three turnovers in the first half. The Beavers were also able to convert nine offensive rebounds for 10 second chance points in the closing half.
Green finished with a team high 19 points, followed by Best with a season high 18. Pekarek also set a season high with 16 points while Black recorded 13. The Beavers’ guard players were a key reason to winning the rebound battle, 47-28, as Pekarek led the team with eight boards and freshman Peyton Dibble grabbed seven, both season highs.
Bemidji State begins the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule on the road while visiting University of Minnesota Duluth on Friday, Dec. 2 and St. Cloud State University on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Beavers and Bulldogs tip-off at 8 p.m. while the Beavers and Huskies begin play at 6 p.m.
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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).