|February 04, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.418 (23-55)||.485 (32-66)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (6-22)||.409 (9-22)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.714 (5-7)|
Black - 2
White - 2
Best - 1
McNallan - 1
Black - 1
Green - 1
Busack - 1
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sioux Falls Arena) -- The deciding margin in Bemidji State University men’s basketball’s 78-60 loss Saturday night to Augustana University came over the final 12 minutes of action at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Vikings (17-7, 12-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) held the Beavers (9-14, 7-11 NSIC) to just 12 points over the stretch while pulling away with 30 to end the game.
The Beavers began the game shooting 8-for-11 from the field over the first 8:31 of play but finished the final 12:32 shooting 3-for-15. BSU looked to be in solid position heading out of halftime with a 34-32 lead but saw Augie get hot late.
Bemidji State took the largest lead between either team in the first half, 17-9, led by freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green with six of his 10 first-half points. The Beavers defense held the Vikings to 4-for-14 shooting from the field during the first two and a half minutes of play and forced four turnovers. Augustana went on a 9-1 run to tie the game for the second time at 18-18 although Bemidji State was the only team to lead the rest of the first half.
Freshman guard Peyton Dibble followed a 3-pointer from freshman forward Lucas Wendt with his first field goal of the game to give BSU a five-point, 28-23, lead with just over three minutes to go in the half. The Vikings tied the game once more before halftime but Green hit a jumper to give the Beavers a 34-32 lead heading into the break.
Augustana tied the game and took the final lead between either team with two layups out of halftime. The game would be tied four times in the second half until Vikings guard Jordan Spencer put in a layup to change create the final momentum push needed for Augustana. He put in a layup for his 10th point of the night, finishing the game with 15, to begin a 30-12 run to end the game.
Green led the Beavers with 16 points, 10 in the first half, on 7-for-12 shooting from the field while freshman Logan Bader followed as the only other Beaver in double-digits with 10. Junior Sharif Black led BSU on the boards with five rebounds, although Augie won the overall rebound battle, 37-29.
Bemidji State remains on the road during its next weekend while traveling to Minnesota State University Moorhead and Northern State University. The Beavers first take on the Dragons Feb. 10 in Moorhead, Minn., before the final regular season road game of the season against the Wolves Feb. 11 in Aberdeen, S.D.
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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).