|December 10, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.491 (28-57)||.456 (31-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.417 (10-24)||.424 (14-33)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (24-30)||.889 (8-9)|
Green - 19
White - 1
Dibble - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team saw a halftime lead slip away Saturday night against Minnesota State University Moorhead during a 90-84 loss at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (3-6, 1-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) outshot the Dragons (9-1, 5-0 NSIC) in the first half but gave up 66.7 percent shooting in the second half to finish their weekend home stand.
Senior forward Ben Best and freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green scored 19 points apiece, including 17 first-half points by Green to give the Beavers a lead heading into the second half. BSU shot 50.0 percent in the first half while its defense held MSUM to 36.4 percent shooting overall and 30.8 percent from behind the arc.
The Beavers missed their first four field goal attempts as the Dragons took a 5-0 lead early. Freshman forward Logan Bader snapped the cold spell with his first 3-pointer of the day and tied the game at five apiece. MSUM held two five-point leads over the next five minutes of play, but BSU held close and eventually pulled ahead to a three-point lead off back-to-back 3-pointers by Green. He finished the first half with five 3-pointers to give the Beavers its largest lead of the first half, 44-35, before taking a 44-37 lead into halftime.
The Dragons switched their defense look to a zone scheme early in the second half, which proved to give the Beavers' offense troubles. After making the defensive adjustment, BSU allowed MSUM to a 15-2 run. Freshman guard Peyton Dibble snapped the streak with his only 3-pointer of the night to tie the game at 57-57. The Dragons answered with a 3-pointer of their own and did not give up the lead the remainder of the game.
Bemidji State fell to an 11-point, 70-59, deficit with nine minutes in the game but were able to find a way back to within one score of tying the game. With two minutes left in second half, Green put in a layup to spark a 7-2 run for BSU. The run finished with a 3-pointer and a layup by senior forward Will Harvey as the Beavers trailed, 87-84, with 42 seconds to go. The Dragons, with possession and the shot clock 12 seconds behind the game clock, were able to draw a foul to head to the free throw line and seal the game.
Junior guard Sharif Black finished as the only other Beaver with double-digit scoring, recording 12 points, and led the team with eight assists. Harvey scored nine points with a team high eight rebounds, which helped the Beavers outrebound the Dragons, 39-31.
Bemidji State heads to Crookston, Minn., to face University of Minnesota Crookston Thursday, Dec. 15. The Beavers and Golden Eagles begin play at 7 p.m. from Lysaker Gymnasium.
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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).