|November 11, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UCM||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.479 (23-48)||.370 (20-54)|
|3P FG Percentage||.391 (9-23)||.261 (6-23)|
|FT Percentage||.808 (21-26)||.762 (16-21)|
Lowrance - 4
WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (JustAGame Fieldhouse) -- Sophomore forward Lucas Wendt nearly reached his career high in scoring despite a 76-62 loss by Bemidji State University men’s basketball to University of Central Missouri during the conclusion of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Classic held in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Saturday night. Wendt finished with 19 points off the bench while three Beavers finished with double-digit scoring.
The Mules opened the game on a 14-0 run, the final difference in the game. Central Missouri kept the game at least 10 points apart throughout the majority of the game, ending the first half with a 38-26 lead. Wendt scored 14 of his 19 points during the opening half.
With the score set at 75-50 with 4:07 remaining in the game, the Beavers went on a run to battle the Mules in the final minutes. Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green converted a layup and followed up with a steal on the ensuing UCM possession to begin a 12-1 run for Bemidji State. Despite Bemidji State outscoring Central Missouri in the final 3:44 of game play, UCM was able to hold on to its lead for the win.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 37 percent from the field and 26.1 percent from 3-point range, including 39.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from long range in the second half. UCM scored 26 total points off 14 BSU turnovers during the game while also adding 20 points in the paint.
Following Wendt’s team-high 19 points was sophomore forward Logan Bader with 11 points and senior guard Sharif Black with 10. Black led the Beavers with eight rebounds and shot 6-of-8 from the free throw line.
Bemidji State comes back to Bemidji, Minn., to open its home schedule with a three-game home weekend against Valley City State University Friday, Nov. 17 at BSU Gymnasium.
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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).