|February 02, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
Southwest Minnesota State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SMSU|
|FG Percentage||.404 (23-57)||.484 (30-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.240 (6-25)||.462 (12-26)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.923 (12-13)|
Schafer - 1
Bruggeman - 1
Hanson - 1
Totusek - 1
MARSHALL, Minn. (R/A Facility) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball program came back from an early deficit but ultimately fell to Southwest Minnesota State University, 84-62, despite winning inside battles. The Beavers won the battle for points in the paint and rebounds despite falling to 7-13 overall and 4-12 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
A group of Beavers helped bring the team back from a 12-0 deficit to start the game, scoring 10 of the next 12 points to trail, 14-10, just over six minutes into the first half. The Mustangs followed to force three Beavers turnovers en route to a 10-0 run for a first-half-high 14-point, 24-10, lead. BSU chipped away at SMSU’s lead before closing the first half on a 15-5 run. Five Beavers scored during the run, led by sophomore forward Derek Thompson with four points, as BSU trailed, 39-33, heading into halftime.
The Beavers and Mustangs traded scorers to begin the second half until SMSU went on a 15-3 run to take control of the game. BSU went 1-for-7 with three turnovers during the stretch compared to SMSU’s 6-for-8 from the field to go ahead, 61-43. Despite shooting over 40 percent in the second half, BSU gave away six turnovers and allowed SMSU to shoot over 53 percent from the field.
During the game, BSU gave away 18 turnovers to four for SMSU, which led to 20 points for the Mustangs. The Beavers were able to lead scoring in the paint, 32-24, and the battle on the boards, 41-27, including 13 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second-chance points. SMSU finished the game shooting 48.4 percent from the field and scored 20 points off BSU’s turnovers.
Four Beavers reached double-digit scoring, led by junior forward Logan Bader with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Junior guard Ja Morgan, sophomore Zach Baumgartner and Thompson followed with 10 points each. Bader also led the way with eight rebounds.
Bemidji State returns home after a four-game road trip Feb. 8-9 as it hosts Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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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).