Beavers drop exhibition at No. 25 Bluejays after hot start

February 13, 20181st2ndFinal
Bemidji State341246
Creighton454994
Stats at a GlanceBSUMCU
FG Percentage.270 (17-63) .521 (38-73)
3P FG Percentage.240 (6-25) .361 (13-36)
FT Percentage.750 (6-8) .625 (5-8)
Offensive Rebounds99
Defensive Rebounds2739
Total Rebounds3648
Turnovers166
Steals311
Bench Points651
LeadersBSUMCU
PointsBlack - 13
EPPERSON - 15
ReboundsThompson - 7
FOSTER - 8
HARRELL JR. - 8
AssistsPekarek - 3
HARRELL JR. - 5
BALLOCK - 5
StealsGreen - 1
Pekarek - 1
Black - 1
JOSEPH - 3
BlocksGreen - 2
HEGNER - 2
EPPERSON - 2
SUAREZ - 2
Beavers drop exhibition at No. 25 Bluejays after hot start
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Beavers drop exhibition at No. 25 Bluejays after hot start

OMAHA, Neb. (CenturyLink Center) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team provided a tough outing during the first 10 minutes of action Tuesday night against Division I No. 25 Creighton University, but dropped the exhibition, 94-46, in Omaha, Neb. Senior guard Sharif Black scored 13 points to lead the Beavers (11-14), scoring all in the first half against the Bluejays (19-7).

Black guided Bemidji State to a double-digit lead after the first 10 minutes of the first half, while totaling 12 points during that stretch. Following a 3-pointer to begin the game from senior guard Christian Pekarek, Black put in his first 3-pointer of the first half to give the Beavers a 6-2 lead. Freshman forward Derek Thompson answered a Bluejays 3-pointer with a layup, which started an 8-0 run for the Beavers.

Three minutes later, sophomore guard Jai’Vionne Green knocked down a long ball before going down on the defensive end and recording his only block of the half. BSU took the rebound down to the offensive end and Black put in a layup to snag a 10-point, 21-11, lead. Creighton cut the Bemidji State lead to five again, but a jumper from Thompson and a 3-pointer from Black gave BSU another double-digit lead, 26-16.

Creighton found its footing three minutes after Black’s 12th point of the night, beginning an 11-0 run and going on a 23-2 run overall over an eight-minute span. Pekarek broke CU’s second run during the final minutes with the final basket of the half, pulling Bemidji State to within 11 points, 45-34, at halftime.

The Bluejays outscored the Beavers in the second half, 49-12, while shooting 54.3 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from beyond the arc in the half.

Black led BSU with 13 points, followed by Pekarek with 11 and Green with nine. Thompson led BSU on the boards with seven while Pekarek dished out three assists.

Bemidji State closes out the regular season Friday at University of Mary and Saturday at Minot State University.

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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).

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