|January 20, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MINOT|
|FG Percentage||.459 (28-61)||.467 (28-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.211 (4-19)||.333 (6-18)|
|FT Percentage||.786 (11-14)||.850 (17-20)|
MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team saw a late tie disappear Friday night as Minot State University took the “Beaver Bash”, 79-71, at the MSU Dome in Minot, N.D. Late jumpers and free throws handed BSU (6-12, 4-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) a loss during the opening night of a road trip doubleheader in North Dakota.
Senior forward Ben Best scored at least 20 points for the third time this season on 10-of-17 shooting from the floor and also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Though Bemidji State and Minot State shot nearly identical percentages from the floor, MiSU took advantage of 11 BSU turnovers with 16 points.
Bemidji State played from behind during the majority of the first half, 16:02 in total. Freshman forward Logan Bader gave BSU its first lead of the game, though, with a 3-pointer to go up, 3-2. Minot State took the lead back on the next possession and held on to it for four minutes.
Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green scored his only four points of the first half to retake the lead for BSU, 9-8. Both teams traded the next five scores until Minot State took a first-half-high, 18-13, lead with nine minutes to play in the first. BSU stayed within reach while trailing until seven seconds remaining in the half. Junior guard Christian Pekarek drove into the lane to draw an and-one opportunity, which he converted, to tie the game at 28-28 heading into halftime.
Bader started the second half the same as the first, with a 3-pointer, to give BSU its first lead since 12:58 in the first, 31-30. Minot State went on a 7-0 run following the score to take a 37-31 lead with 16:55 in the game. MiSU went on a 9-2 run three minutes later to take its largest lead of the night, 50-39.
Best, Green and junior guard Sharif Black brought BSU back to tie the game following runs of 6-0 and 12-4. Nathaniel Moore and Trevor Rothstein hit 3-pointers on MiSU’s next two possessions to regain the lead and momentum for the rest of the game. Bemidji State shot three-for-eight from the floor after that point but couldn’t get defensive stops as Minot State finished three-for-four shooting. After converting its final field goal with 2:15 to go and a 69-63 lead, Minot State sank 10-of-10 free throws to seal the game.
Both teams converted 28 field goals during the game but Minot State recorded two more 3-pointers than Bemidji State. Although BSU won the rebound margin, 35-34, and points in the paint, 44-32, MiSU took advantage of BSU turnovers and 15 points off the bench.
Bemidji State heads to Bismarck, N.D., to finish its road trip at University of Mary Saturday night. The Beavers and Marauders tip off at 6 p.m. for the first of two season meetings between the NSIC North opponents.
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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).