|February 08, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.417 (25-60)||.529 (36-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.150 (3-20)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.556 (5-9)|
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball fell began to fall behind early in the second half Saturday night as part of an 87-60 loss to Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minn.
The Beavers snapped a 23-game streak with at least five 3-pointers and fell to 10-12 overall and 7-11 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Junior forward Derek Thompson, who led BSU through the game with 15 points, gave the Beavers an early lead with an and-one conversion. Thompson followed with BSU’s second score followed by a jumper by junior guard Griffin Chase to give Bemidji State a 7-5 lead, its last of the night. MSU went on runs of 9-0 and 7-0, with a BSU basket in between, to take a 21-10 lead before the under 10-minute media timeout.
The Beavers pulled to within four points just over three minutes later but fell back into to a double-digit deficit following an 18-2 run by the Mavericks. BSU went 1-of-6 from the floor during the five-and-a-half-minute span while MSU took advantage by going 7-of-10. Bemidji State again battled back with a 13-2 run of its own to close the half and go into the halftime break trailing nine, 43-34.
BSU’s run continued into the second half to trail by only six, 46-40, but went over three minutes without a point to allow MSU to take a 24-point advantage. Bemidji State went on to be outscored in the second half, 44-26, while shooting just 35.5 percent from the field.
Thompson shot 7-of-13 from the field with a team-high eight rebounds while senior forward Logan Bader followed in scoring as the only other Beaver in double-digits with 13 points. BSU shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the floor and 15.0 percent (3-20) from beyond the arc while MSU won the rebound margin, 41-29.
Bemidji State travels for its final road weekend of the season Feb. 14-15 with a road trip against the University of Mary and 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).