|November 29, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UT|
|FG Percentage||.345 (19-55)||.396 (19-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.296 (8-27)||.313 (5-16)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (3-4)||.850 (17-20)|
Wagner - 12
Chase - 3
Wagner - 3
Duncan - 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (McArthur Center) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team rallied back from an 11-point deficit in the second half before ultimately falling to University of Tampa, 60-49, Friday at the Eckerd College Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Beavers fall to 2-2 overall after giving away 17 turnovers that led to 23 points for the Spartans.
Tampa took the first lead of the game and went up, 5-2, before Bemidji State went on an 11-0 run behind three 3-pointers. Four Beavers accounted for all 11 of BSU’s points during the run while going ahead, 13-5, less than five minutes into play. The Spartans followed with a 9-0 run over two-and-a-half minutes to regain the lead, 14-13. Following a 3-pointer from junior guard Nick Wagner, sophomore forward Cody Landwehr put in the only BSU basket over a six-minute span to keep the team within four of UT, 19-15.
Bemidji State gave away eight first-half turnovers that led to 10 points for Tampa. In addition, BSU shot just 33 percent from the field and from beyond the arc, compared to 54 percent from the floor for UT, to go into halftime facing a 34-25 deficit.
Junior forward Derek Thompson and senior forward Logan Bader converted back-to-back layups out of the break to bring BSU within five points of UT. The quick half-opening run by the Beavers was one of two to cut into their deficit as the second came over 10 minutes into the second half. Senior guard Ja Morgan and Wagner combined for an 11-0 run to tie the game, 44-44, for the first time since midway through the first half.
The Beavers were not able to capitalize on the run as the Spartans followed with 11 of the next 14 total points, including seven free throw conversions, with just over two minutes to play in the game. BSU gave away three turnovers that led to five points for UT during the span to trail, 55-47.
Morgan and Wagner led BSU with 12 points and three assists each, while sophomore guard Griffin Chase added nine points, three assists and tied a career-high with seven rebounds. Bader recorded nine rebounds and went 2-of-3 shooting from the floor.
BSU shot 35 percent from the floor and 30 percent from behind the arc while allowing UT to go 40 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. The Spartans converted 17-of-20 free throws.
Bemidji State closes the Eckerd College Classic against the host school Eckerd College at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
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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).