Men’s Basketball battles back in 77-66 loss to Minnesota State

February 09, 20191st2ndFinal
Minnesota State393877
Bemidji State264066
Stats at a GlanceMSUBSUM
FG Percentage.450 (27-60) .387 (24-62)
3P FG Percentage.381 (8-21) .333 (11-33)
FT Percentage.682 (15-22) .700 (7-10)
Offensive Rebounds78
Defensive Rebounds3130
Total Rebounds3838
Turnovers610
Steals43
Bench Points188
LeadersMSUBSUM
PointsKirksey - 15
Morgan - 22
ReboundsAnderson - 7
Bader - 9
AssistsNixon - 4
Morgan - 6
StealsNixon - 2
Morgan - 2
BlocksMcCloud - 2
Baumgartner - 1
Men’s Basketball battles back in 77-66 loss to Minnesota State
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Men’s Basketball battles back in 77-66 loss to Minnesota State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Junior guard Ja Morgan continued his strong season with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists Saturday afternoon despite a 77-66 loss by the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Morgan led the team in scoring and assists while shooting 8-of-13 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the three-point arc.

Bemidji State opened the game shooting 1-for-7 from the floor but came back from an 11-2 deficit to trail by two points. Junior guard Ja Morgan and sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman hit back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a free throw to cut the deficit to two points. MSU hit another streak of nine straight points to reach its first double-digit lead, 20-9.

Junior guard Allen Anderson entered the game and scored five points to help BSU battle back again to a one possession deficit, 25-22, late in the first half. The Mavericks closed the half on a 14-4 run, though, as the Beavers finished the final 5:46 shooting 1-for-8 from the field to go into halftime trailing 39-26.

Sophomore forward Derek Thompson scored his first seven points of the game within the first four minutes of the second half, helping BSU come back to within single-digits of MSU. Thompson hit a 3-pointer from Morgan to trail by seven points, while Morgan followed with a 3-pointer of his own to cut the deficit to six, 45-39. Freshman forward Cody Landwehr added a basket in the paint five minutes later, setting BSU’s deficit at 49-45. Landwehr’s basket was the closest the Beavers were able to get the rest of the way, as the Mavericks followed on a 13-3 run.

Following Morgan in scoring was Hoffman and Thompson with 12 points each, while junior forward Logan Bader scored 10 points and led the team with nine rebounds.

Bemidji State shot 24-of-62 from the field and 11-of-33 from beyond the arc, while Minnesota State shot 27-of-60 from the floor and 8-of-21 from long range. BSU allowed MSU to score 15 points off 10 turnovers.

Bemidji State plays its final home games of the 2018-19 schedule Feb. 15-16 against University of Mary and Minot State 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).

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