|December 02, 2016||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||UMDM|
|FG Percentage||.382 (26-68)||.387 (29-75)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (9-24)||.345 (10-29)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.556 (5-9)|
Washburn - 2
Burns - 2
Pekarek - 1
Black - 1
White - 1
DULUTH, Minn. (Romano Gymnasium) – Freshman forward Logan Bader converted an offensive put-back with nine seconds left in overtime to seal a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference-opening win, 75-73, for Bemidji State University men’s basketball at University of Minnesota Duluth. Bader finished with a double-double on the game-winning put-back with 11 points and 10 rebounds while freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green led the Beavers (3-3, 1-0 NSIC) with 20 points.
The win for BSU in Duluth, Minn., was the first instance since 2012 and the first win overall against UMD since 2013. Rebounds by Bader directly led to the game-tying score at the end of regulation and the game-winner in overtime.
Both teams traded scores over the first two minutes of action, but the Beavers found their stride quickly to hold a 10-4 lead. The Bulldogs were able to hold the Beavers to just one 3-point field goal over a seven-minute stretch to regain the lead, 17-13. From that point, though, BSU went on a 17-4 run to take the lead for good. Five different scorers recorded points during the run, including seven points from freshman guard Peyton Dibble. The Bulldogs struck last in the first half as the Beavers went to halftime with a 32-23 lead.
After a layup by UMD to begin the second half, BSU went on a 20-11 run over the first 10 minutes of the period to take a game-high 17-point lead, 53-36. The Beavers remained balance during the run as six different players scored during the stretch. After finishing the first half with just one 3-pointer, Minnesota Duluth came alive from behind the arc while sinking nine in the second. The Bulldogs continued to use the long ball to chip away at the Beavers’ lead and reached within five points with just over two minutes to go in regulation. UMD put on a press defense and went on an 11-2 run until 30 seconds left to retake its first lead since 6:25 in the first. Bader grabbed a rebound off a one-and-one free throw attempt by UMD with 14 seconds left that led to the game-tying score by Green to force overtime.
The Bulldogs had early momentum in overtime, scoring the first four points and taking a 72-68 lead. Junior guard Sharif Black made just two shots during the game, but his second of the night sparked a 7-1 run to end the game. Senior forward Ben Best converted an and-one opportunity as part of the run with 2:40 left in the game. Neither score was able to convert on a field goal for over two minutes, including a missed layup by Best that set up Bader’s game-winning offensive put-back score with nine seconds in the game.
Green led all scorers with 20 points, while Dibble finished second on BSU with 13 on 50 percent shooting from the field. Best ended with 12 points while junior guard Christian Pekarek tallied eight of the bench. Following Bader’s team-high 10 rebounds was Best and Green with seven apiece and Black with six.
The Beavers finished the game shooting 38.2 percent from the field compared to 38.7 percent by the Bulldogs. After making just 1-of-10 3-pointers in the first half, Minnesota Duluth finished the game 10-of-29 from deep. BSU sank nine 3-pointers on the night, including three from Bader and two from Dibble and Pekarek.
Bemidji State closes out the NSIC opening weekend Saturday with a trip to St. Cloud State University. The Beavers and Huskies tip off at 6 p.m. from Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minn.
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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).