Huskies hand Beavers 98-95 loss to finish NSIC weekend

December 03, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State425395
St. Cloud St.475198
Stats at a GlanceBSUMSCSU
FG Percentage.500 (30-60) .446 (33-74)
3P FG Percentage.455 (10-22) .323 (10-31)
FT Percentage.862 (25-29) .815 (22-27)
Offensive Rebounds721
Defensive Rebounds2324
Total Rebounds3045
Turnovers1414
Steals56
Bench Points2334
LeadersBSUMSCSU
PointsBlack - 29
Davis - 27
ReboundsGreen - 6
Davis - 18
AssistsGreen - 5
Hall - 4
StealsBest - 1
Black - 1
Pekarek - 1
Green - 1
White - 1
Hall - 2
BlocksDibble - 1
Stanojevic - 3
Huskies hand Beavers 98-95 loss to finish NSIC weekend
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Huskies hand Beavers 98-95 loss to finish NSIC weekend

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team came down to the final seconds against St. Cloud State University Saturday night in St. Cloud, Minn., but even a career high 29 points from junior guard Sharif Black was not enough as the Huskies pulled out the win, 98-95. The Beavers (3-4, 1-1 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) snapped a three-game win streak to split on the first weekend of conference play.

Black, who scored 26 points against University of Wisconsin-Superior one week ago, topped that number to set a new career high during his second game of conference play. He shot 8-of-14 from the field with 10 free throws, four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers. The Beavers shot 50 percent from the field as a team, losing for the first time this season while shooting at least 50 percent.

St. Cloud State took an early lead off a 6-0 run and extended the lead to a first half high of 10 points, 17-7, seven minutes into the game. Freshman guard Peyton Dibble scored eight points during a stretch of five minutes to help bring the Beavers within one points of the Huskies. Though BSU fell down again by double-digits, Black scored eight points during a 12-2 run to pull within one point again. SCSU scored eight of the last 12 points in the half to take a 47-42 halftime lead.

Black and freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green combined for 11 points over the first four minutes of the second half to tie the game at 56. Dibble converted an and-one opportunity to give the Beavers their first lead of the night, 59-58. Both teams traded scores over the next few baskets before BSU went on an 8-2 run to take a game-high five-point lead. The Huskies converted five consecutive free throws with four minutes in the game to tie the game for the eighth time in the game. Dibble sank his third 3-pointer of the night to regain the lead just before the Huskies answered with one of their own.

Bemidji State missed two shots that allowed St. Cloud State to take a 94-91 lead. Green put in a jumper for 16 points on the night to bring BSU within one point with 50 seconds in the game. BSU was forced to foul St. Cloud State as the final seconds ticked. The Huskies converted four free throws to keep the Beavers at bay and to pull away with the win.

Five Beavers scored in double-digits, as Green followed Black with 16 points. Dibble added 14 points and senior forward Ben Best and junior guard Christian Pekarek recorded 10 points each. Green led BSU with six rebounds and five assists.

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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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