|January 26, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||CSP|
|FG Percentage||.474 (27-57)||.478 (33-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.484 (15-31)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.929 (13-14)||.429 (3-7)|
Green - 6
Bader - 6
Keefe - 6
Green - 1
Bader - 1
Wesenberg - 2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (Gangelhoff Center) -- Senior guard Christian Pekarek came up clutch for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team Friday night during an 82-76 win at Concordia University-St. Paul inside the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minn. Pekarek held the hot hand late as he finished with a career-high 27 points to lift the Beavers to 9-11 overall and 6-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Golden Bears opened the game going 3-for-3 from the floor to take a quick 7-0 lead, but the Beavers went on a run of their own beginning near the 10-minute mark that would bring them to within three points. Sophomore forward Logan Bader made the first of his four first-half 3-pointers to begin an 11-0 run that brought BSU to within three points, 22-19. Sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green converted on BSU’s next possession but CSP was again able to create a two-possession lead. Bader made his fourth 3-pointer of the first period just before the halftime buzzer to put the team’s deficit at six points, 38-32.
The Beavers cut the game to four points on the first basket of the second half and brought it to one, 44-43, less than four minutes into the period after a 7-0 run. BSU continued to battle to tie the game for the first time, 50-50, near the midway point of the half as senior guard Christian Pekarek scored four points of a 7-3 run. Though Concordia-St. Paul put the game to three possessions again, Bemidji State was led to its first lead of the game behind a 10-2 run, including five points from Pekarek.
Pekarek added another 3-pointer to extend the run after sinking three field goals and two free throws in a row. He reached 17 points at that mark to put BSU up, 64-60, with 6:51 in the game. Pekarek kept the hot hand while adding four more free throws and another layup, totaling nine straight points for the Beavers. CSP was able to take one more lead the rest of the way, but 3-pointers from senior guard Sharif Black and freshman forward Derek Thompson gave BSU a 76-72 lead with under one minute to go. Pekarek iced the game with two free throws, which set a new career high scoring for the veteran.
Pekarek led the Beavers with a career-high 27 points on 7-of-14 shooting, including three 3-pointers, and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. All five BSU starters scored in double-figures for the third straight game as Bader followed Pekarek with 15 points. Bader, Green and Thompson each tied for the team lead with six rebounds.
Bemidji State shot 47.4 percent from the field, 48.4 percent from beyond the arc and 92.9 percent from the charity stripe. Though CSP outscored BSU in the paint, 44-20, Bemidji State totaled 15 3-pointers compared to just seven for Concordia-St. Paul.
Bemidji State wraps up the weekend trip Saturday at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Beavers and Golden Bears tip-off at 6 p.m. from the Stewart Center in Mankato, 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).