|November 10, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||LWU|
|FG Percentage||.440 (22-50)||.483 (28-58)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (12-32)||.381 (8-21)|
|FT Percentage||.700 (7-10)||.588 (10-17)|
Dobbs - 2
Diekvoss - 2
Crockett - 2
Black - 1
Diekvoss - 1
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (JustAGame Fieldhouse) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball opened its season at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Classic held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and was upended by Lindenwood University, 74-63. The Beavers (0-1, 0-0 NSIC), down at halftime by 17 points, came back to within five behind a career-high 16 points by sophomore forward Logan Bader.
Lindenwood took 11 more shots than Bemidji State during the first half, which led to a 42-25 deficit for BSU at halftime despite the Beavers shooting over 50 percent during the opening half. Bader made the first basket of the season for BSU, a 3-pointer assisted by senior guard Christian Pekarek. Bader’s opening score was the first of three ties during the game, but Bemidji State could not take a lead during the night.
The Beavers outscored the Lions by six points in the second half and even brought the game to within five points with under five minutes left in the game. Bader began and ended an 11-4 run in favor of the Beavers with his third and fourth 3-pointers of the night. His four conversions from deep set a new career-high while he led the team with 16 points. A string of missed 3-pointers by Bemidji State allowed Lindenwood to pull away in the final minutes to take the season opener.
Bemidji State closed out the game shooting 9-22 from 3-point range in the second half and 12-32 throughout the night. The Beavers shot 44 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from beyond the arc while also winning the rebound margin, 32-29. The Lions won the turnovers battle, 16-11, and scored 16 points off the Beavers’ turnovers.
Following Bader in scoring was senior guard Sharif Black with 13 points. Sophomores Lucas Wendt and Jai’Vionne Green each also reached double-digit points with 12 and 10, respectively. Wendt came off the bench and played 26 minutes with four rebounds while Green led BSU’s rebound battle with seven.
Bemidji State closes out the opening weekend with a 5 p.m. tip-off Saturday against University of Central Missouri.
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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).