|February 17, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
University of Mary
|Stats at a Glance||MARY||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.484 (30-62)||.485 (33-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (5-15)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.710 (22-31)||.563 (9-16)|
Thomas - 3
Henry - 3
Black - 6
Pekarek - 1
Green - 1
Dibble - 1
McNallan - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team saw its chances for a home playoff game dashed Friday night as University of Mary handed BSU an 87-82 loss at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers (10-16, 8-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) held a four-point lead at halftime after shooting 58.8 percent before U-Mary (12-15, 10-11 NSIC) won the final period shooting 18-of-26 from the free throw line in the second half.
BSU was only able to get to the free throw line nine times in the second half compared to 26 for U-Mary. Freshman forward Lucas Wendt came off the bench to score 11 of his team-high 19 points in the second half and give BSU late momentum. He also distributed the ball well with four assists and finished the night shooting 8-of-13 from the field.
The Beavers led for the entire first half and by as many as 13, 42-29, with 5:11 remaining until halftime. U-Mary stayed with Bemidji State through the first half of the opening period, trailing 27-25, before BSU went on a 15-4 run to reach its largest lead of the game. Senior forward Ben Best scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half and added five rebounds to help BSU to a 20-14 advantage on the boards during the first period.
U-Mary began to chip away at BSU’s lead after grabbing an offensive rebound and putting in two of 10 second-chance points on the night. After senior forward Shane White scored his second basket of the night, finishing the game with 12 points, the Marauders forced three missed field goals by the Beavers to cut the lead to four, 44-40. The 7-0 run by U-Mary helped cut BSU’s lead to just four at halftime, 48-44.
Bemidji State opened the second half 0-for-4 from the field to allow U-Mary to its first lead of the game, 50-48. The Beavers took the lead twice more in the second half, going up by as many as eight, before the Marauders took the final lead of the game, 75-74, with 2:49 to go. U-Mary finished the game 3-for-3 from the field and sank 8-of-10 free throws to seal the game.
Four Beavers totaled at least 10 points, including 12 from White and 10 from freshman guard Peyton Dibble off the bench. Best and White both neared double-doubles with nine and eight rebounds, respectively. After opening the first half shooting 58.8 percent from the floor, BSU shot 38.2 percent in the second half, including 21.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Guard Damonta Henry paced the Marauders on the offensive end with 25 points, 12 coming from the free throw line, while forward Bryan Jefferson and guard Rickey Suggs each totaled 19 points.
Bemidji State closes out its 2016-17 home schedule Saturday while hosting Minot State University at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers will recognize two seniors before the scheduled tip-off at 8 p.m. BSU, currently sixth in the NSIC North standings, has a chance to finish the regular season fifth with a win against MiSU.
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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).