|December 09, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.550 (33-60)||.526 (30-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.462 (12-26)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.643 (9-14)|
Park - 6
Pekarek - 1
Bader - 1
Anderson - 1
Johnson - 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Freshman forward Derek Thompson showed his potential Saturday night in Bemidji State University men’s basketball’s 82-81 win over Minnesota State University Moorhead as he led the team with 20 points and put in the game-winning basket with one second remaining. Thompson scored 12 second-half points, all coming in the final 10 minutes of play, to help elevate the Beavers to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The thrilling victory was Bemidji State’s first over MSU Moorhead since a 77-71 win in Bemidji, Minn., Jan. 17, 2014 in head coach Mike Boschee’s second season at BSU.
The Dragons began the game on an 8-0 run, which was immediately offset as the Beavers went on a run of their own, 11-0 over a two-minute stretch early in the first half. Senior guard Sharif Black contributed five points during the run which was followed by BSU taking a first-half high lead of seven points, 20-13, under three minutes later.
Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green helped hold on to BSU’s seven-point lead after the 10-minute mark, but MSUM was able to retake the lead as the half end neared. The Beavers finished the first half on an 8-3 run to take the lead into halftime, 38-36. Thompson sank back-to-back 3-pointers before the half to finish the opening half with eight points.
Thompson began to make his most impactful contribution midway through the second half as he tied the game at 56-56 on a jump shot. He would go on to score 12 second-half points, including the most important points with seconds remaining on the clock.
Though BSU held a 77-71 lead with 4:42 to go in the game, MSUM went on a 10-0 run to take an 81-77 lead. The Beavers’ defense held the Dragons scoreless from that point on, forcing three missed field goals. Senior guard Christian Pekarek broke MSUM’s 10-0 run with his ninth point of the night, while Thompson brought BSU to within one point, 81-80, with a basket in the paint.
Dragons guard Tanner Kretchman missed a 3-pointer with 25 seconds to go, which was followed by a rebound by Pekarek. After a timeout, the Beavers inbounded to the backcourt before finding Thompson in the post who put up a layup, missed and put back his own offensive shot for the go-ahead basket with one second remaining.
Thompson finished with a career-high 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting and four rebounds. Three other Beavers also reached double-figure scoring, led by Black with 18 points, Green with 14 and sophomore forward Logan Bader with 11. Green led BSU with six rebounds and four assists.
Bemidji State finished shooting 55.0 percent from the floor, 34.8 percent from 3-pointers and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe. The Beavers finished with a better shooting night than the Dragons, who shot 52.6 percent from the field. BSU was also able to take control of the paint while outscoring MSUM in the lane, 32-28.
Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium Saturday, Dec. 16 to close out the season series against University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers will try to avenge their loss earlier this season to the Golden Eagles at 4 p.m. from Bemidji, Minn.
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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).