Bemidji State perseveres late in 73-65 win over Minot State on Saturday

February 15, 20201st2ndFinal
Bemidji St.294473
Minot St.323365
Stats at a GlanceBSUMISU
FG Percentage.414 (24-58) .442 (23-52)
3P FG Percentage.286 (8-28) .294 (5-17)
FT Percentage.944 (17-18) .875 (14-16)
Offensive Rebounds76
Defensive Rebounds2323
Total Rebounds3029
Turnovers810
Steals51
Bench Points82
LeadersBSUMISU
PointsThompson - 17
Beisch - 30
ReboundsBjorklund - 7
Dwyer - 9
AssistsMorgan - 5
Cody - 8
StealsMorgan - 2
Beisch - 1
BlocksThompson - 1
Landwehr - 1
Dwyer - 1
Ohlrich - 1
Bemidji State perseveres late in 73-65 win over Minot State on Saturday
Saturday, February 15, 2020
Bemidji State perseveres late in 73-65 win over Minot State on Saturday

MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team came through in the clutch Saturday afternoon after going 9-of-10 from the free-throw line over the final minute to secure a 73-65 win over Minot State University in Minot, N.D.

BSU held MiSU without a field goal over the final 1:22 of play while recording one of its best performances from the free-throw line this season to improve to 12-12 overall and 9-11 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Junior forward Derek Thompson scored five of his nine first-half points to kick-start scoring for Bemidji State. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund followed Thompson’s five straight points to put BSU ahead by five, 7-2, less than five minutes into action. After Minot State pulled to within three points, Bemidji State went on a 7-0 run to take its largest lead of the first half, 14-6. After another eight-point lead, Minot State went on a 10-0 run to take its first lead, 18-16, since the first basket of the game. Both teams traded the leads four times before MiSU took a 32-29 advantage into halftime.

Like the first half, Thompson scored the first points for BSU in the second period followed by a basket by Bjorklund to cap a 9-0 run and regain the lead, 38-34. Bemidji State held the lead for the majority of the half while Minot State tied the game three times over the final 18:45 of the game.

BSU didn’t lead by more than four points over the stretch until scoring four straight points on free throws with just under one minute to play. Bemidji State went 9-of-10 from the charity stripe over the final minute and forced Minot State to miss its final four field goal attempts to seal the weekend sweep.  

Thompson led BSU with 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting followed by Morgan with 16 points and Bjorklund with 15. Bjorklund added a team-high seven rebounds while Morgan dished out five assists.

As a team, Bemidji State shot 41.4 percent (24-58) from the field, 28.6 percent (8-28) from beyond the arc and its second-best performance of the season at 94.4 percent (17-18) from the free-throw line. BSU held a slim margin over MiSU in rebounds, 30-29, but scored 17 points off 10 Minot State turnovers.

Bemidji State finishes the 2019-20 regular season with senior day Feb. 21-22 against the University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University. The Beavers currently rank fifth in the NSIC North Division standings heading into the final week of the regular season, trailing St. Cloud State by one game for the fourth spot in the division.

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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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