|January 07, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMDM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.423 (30-71)||.583 (28-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.367 (11-30)||.556 (5-9)|
|FT Percentage||.538 (7-13)||.641 (25-39)|
McNallan - 4
Harris - 1
Washburn - 1
Wilson - 1
Larkin - 1
Tomlinson - 1
Best - 1
Wendt - 1
McNallan - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Three Bemidji State University men's basketball student-athletes scored at least 20 points Saturday night to help the program to an 86-78 win over University of Minnesota Duluth at Sanford Center. Half of the Beavers' (4-10, 2-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) scorers reached at least 20 points during the game, including freshmen Jai'Vionne Green and Lucas Wendt.
Green led all scorers with 22 points while junior guard Sharif Black followed with 21. Wendt recorded career highs with 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Beavers finished the game with a season-high 39 free throw attempts and tied a season-high 25 free throw conversions. The free throws and work in the paint helped Bemidji State take its first season sweep over Minnesota Duluth since the 2012-13 season.
Bemidji State shot over 50.0 percent from the floor in both halves, finishing the game 58.3 percent. The Beavers took the largest lead of either team in a game that saw eight ties. Black and Green gave BSU a hot start and an 8-2 lead three minutes into play, as BSU shot 2-for-4 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the charity stripe during that stretch. UMD kept the game close with a 9-2 run while taking its first lead of the night, 11-10. The teams traded scores over the next seven possessions before the Beavers took a first-half-high seven-point, 25-18, lead off a layup from Wendt. The Bulldogs again cut the lead down before taking a 41-40 lead at halftime.
The Beavers began to focus on working in the paint during the second half, outscoring the Bulldogs, 28-12, in the lane. The last of the eight ties during the game came with 9:18 left in the game. Bemidji State pulled away by two possessions two minutes later and took a game-high nine-point, 83-74, lead with under one minute in the game. The last of a season-high in free throw attempts sealed the season sweep for BSU.
Bemidji State outrebounded Minnesota Duluth, 40-32, and created 17 assists on 28 baskets. The Bulldogs were led in scoring and on the boards by Sean Burns with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
BSU finishes the Sanford Center Series Tuesday while hosting University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers and Golden Eagles tip off at 8 p.m. after UMC stole the first meeting of the season, 82-81, Dec. 15.
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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).