Warriors take advantage of early run to hand Beavers 95-80 loss

December 31, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State215980
Winona State494695
Stats at a GlanceBSUMWSU
FG Percentage.519 (28-54) .569 (33-58)
3P FG Percentage.471 (8-17) .524 (11-21)
FT Percentage.640 (16-25) .783 (18-23)
Offensive Rebounds57
Defensive Rebounds2026
Total Rebounds2533
Bench Points1723
PointsBlack - 21
Riley Bambenek - 30
ReboundsHarvey - 4
Best - 4
Pekarek - 4
Isaiah Gray - 7
AssistsBlack - 6
Riley Bambenek - 4
Isaiah Gray - 4
StealsBest - 2
Black - 2
Connor Flack - 2
BlocksWendt - 1
Harvey - 1
Green - 1
Dibble - 1
Spencer Treder - 2
Warriors take advantage of early run to hand Beavers 95-80 loss
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Warriors take advantage of early run to hand Beavers 95-80 loss

WINONA, Minn. (McCown Gymnasium) -- A game-opening run doomed the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to Winona State University Saturday night in Winona, Minn., 95-80. Junior guard Sharif Black scored 21 points, 16 in the second half, as the Beavers (3-9, 1-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were swept in its weekend trip against interdivisional opponents.

Black ended the first half with just five points, sinking 2-of-2 field goal attempts, and converted 4-of-7 in the second. The Warriors outshot the Beavers through the game, 56.9 percent to 51.9 percent, and outrebounded BSU, 33-25.

Winona State opened the game with a 14-2 run and never looked back. Senior forward Ben Best scored his first of 10 points on the night to snap a 14-0 run but the Beavers could not compile two baskets in a row during the first half. The Warriors went on two runs of 6-0 and one run of 9-0 in the final 10 minutes of the first period, taking a 49-21 advantage into halftime.

The Beavers took their first runs of the game early in the second half, scoring six consecutive points. Best added four points during the run before both teams traded scores again until 10 minutes remaining in the game. Bemidji State attempted a comeback in the second half, outscoring Winona State 59-46 in the second half, but were only able to pull within 12 points before the end of the game.

BSU shot over 50 percent and recorded a loss for just the third time this season. The Warriors built their halftime lead after shooting 66.7 percent from the field in the first half and finishing the game shooting 52.4 percent.

Bemidji State returns home to host St. Cloud State University at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 and University of Minnesota Duluth at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Both games will be played at Sanford Center and will begin a five-game home stand for the Beavers.

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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).