|January 06, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud St.
|Stats at a Glance||SCSU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.562 (41-73)||.470 (31-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.480 (12-25)||.417 (10-24)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (7-10)||.737 (14-19)|
Black - 6
Averkamp - 1
Stanojevic - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- A quartet of scorers gave the Bemidji State University men's basketball team a second-half boost Friday night against St. Cloud State University despite falling in the opener of the Sanford Center Series, 101-86. Four Beavers (3-10, 1-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) scored at least 12 points in the final period to help their team to 56 second-half points in a comeback attempt.
Senior forward Ben Best led the attack for a second-half comeback while finishing the game with 25 points, three shy of his career high. Freshman Jai'Vionne Green followed with 19 points while senior forward Will Harvey and freshman forward Lucas Wendt each recorded 12 points. Wendt finished his career-high scoring night by putting up all 12 points in the second half. Tonight's second-half performance was the second straight game with at least 50 points in the final period for BSU.
The Beavers held an 18-17 lead halfway through the first half before the Huskies went on a 12-0 run to take the final lead of the night. Bemidji State missed 14-of-18 field goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half to allow St. Cloud State to a 51-30 lead at halftime. The Huskies shooters finished the first half 56.4 percent from the field and carried over the momentum into the second period.
Wendt entered the second half with just one minute of play time in the first to give the Beavers a spark off the bench and help bring the team back to within seven points, 78-71, with just over seven minutes remaining in the game. St. Cloud State finished the second half 55.9 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc to offset Bemidji State’s comeback attempt.
The Huskies opened the first half outscoring the Beavers in the paint 24-16, on second-chance points 12-3, and on the fast break 12-0. The Beavers flipped the script in the paint during the second period, outscoring the Huskies, 24-12. BSU also outscored SCSU 9-1 in points off turnovers and 24-10 in points off the bench during the final half. Bemidji State allowed its opponent to over 100 points for the first time since a 103-93 loss in double overtime at Augustana University Jan. 7, 2012.
Bemidji State returns to the Sanford Center tomorrow to host University of Minnesota Duluth for a 6 p.m. tip-off. The Beavers are looking to sweep the Bulldogs after a 75-73 win to begin the NSIC schedule Dec. 2.
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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).