|December 09, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||NSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.536 (30-56)||.418 (23-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.440 (11-25)||.188 (3-16)|
|FT Percentage||.895 (17-19)||.750 (12-16)|
Smith - 1
Pollard - 1
Elliott - 1
King - 1
Best - 1
Dibble - 1
Pekarek - 1
Bader - 1
Dibble - 1
Bader - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- A second half defensive lull by the Bemidji State University men's basketball team stunned their chances against Northern State University, as the Wolves took away an 88-61 win at BSU Gymnasium Friday night. BSU (3-5, 1-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) allowed NSU (6-4, 2-2 NSIC) to shoot 70.0 percent from the field in the second half during the team's conference home opener.
The Wolves held the lead the entire game but didn't reach a double-digit lead in the first half. The Beavers stayed within thre points of the Wolves through the first nine minutes of play. Northern State began a run at that point of 7-0 to take a 21-13 lead. Despite Bemidji State outscoring Northern State in the paint, 24-16, NSU was able to take a 37-28 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the half, Bemidji State couldn't find the basket and allowed Northern State to a 15-2 run to begin the second period. The Wolves created a 30-point cushion with just under four minutes in the game to cruise to the win.
Freshman guard Peyton Dibble led BSU with a career high 16 points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Ben Best followed in scoring with 12 points on 50.0 percent shooting from the field.
Bemidji State finish the night shooting 41.8 percent from the field and 18.8 percent from behind the arc in its second-lowest output this season. The Wolves outrebounded the Beavers, 33-27, shot 53.6 percent from the field and 44.0 percent from 3-pointers during the game.
BSU stays at home to host Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday, with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. The meeting will be the 179th all-time in the series history between the Beavers and Dragons.
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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).