|January 27, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.475 (28-59)||.472 (34-72)|
|3P FG Percentage||.273 (6-22)||.542 (13-24)|
|FT Percentage||.533 (8-15)||.545 (6-11)|
Black - 1
Baumgartner - 1
Krieger - 1
Kendrix - 1
Kreuer - 1
Kreuer - 1
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- The battle on the boards created a difficult task for Bemidji State University men’s basketball Saturday night during an 87-70 loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato at Taylor Center in Mankato, Minn. Senior guard Christian Pekarek led the Beavers (9-11, 6-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) in scoring for the second straight night with 17 points against the Mavericks (17-4, 13-2 NSIC).
Both teams kept the game within one possession of each other through the first seven minutes of action until senior guard Sharif Black sank a free throw and freshman forward Zach Baumgartner put in a jumper to give BSU a 18-12 lead. Two BSU turnovers helped spark a MSU run over the next 10 minutes, as the Mavericks scored 23 of the next 24 points in the game.
Minnesota State held its largest lead of the first half, 35-19, prior to Bemidji State cutting the deficit to just eight at halftime, 41-33. The Mavericks opened the second half on a 9-2 run to go up by 15 points and led by at least 10 points through the remainder of the way.
Senior guard Christian Pekarek led the Beavers with 17 points followed by Black with 15 and sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green with 15 each. Black was one rebound shy of a double-double while leading the team with nine boards.
Bemidji State shot 47.5 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from beyond the arc while Minnesota State shot 47.2 percent from the field and 54.2 percent from 3-point range. The Mavericks won the battle on the boards, 50-28, and totaled 19 second-chance points on the night.
Bemidji State returns home for its final four games of the season, beginning Feb. 2-3 against Wayne State College and Augustana University, 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).