BSU Gets Back To Winning With 81-72 Defeat Of Bethel
Tuesday, November 26, 2002
Nov. 26, 2002

St. Paul, Minn. - Behind the 25 points on 8-16 shooting by senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) and the 19 points and 11 boards by junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.), the Beavers (2-1, 0-0 NSIC) edged the Royals (1-2, 0-0 MIAC) from Bethel (MN) College, 81-72 tonight at the Robertson Center.

“We definitely made improvements from last game to this game and as a coach that is something that you look for,” said head coach Jeff Guiot. “This was the first game this season where we won the battle of the boards. We are much better in that area and I think we took a step forward.”

Bethel College came out of the gates with a quick 11-6 lead. That spurt was aided by five points coming from Jason Wenell to begin the game. At the 12:45 mark, BSU’s Johnson sunk a three-pointer to start a 12-0 run to put the Beavers up 18-11. The seven-point margin was the largest lead in the half for either team. BC would respond with nine consecutive points of its own and enjoy a slim 20-18 edge with 7:58 left in the first. But that would be the last time the Royals would have the lead as BSU went in to the locker room with a 29-26 advantage.

In the first 10 minutes of the second half, the Beavers went up by as many as 12 points and had a 10-point cushion on four occasions. A three-pointer apiece by senior guard Jeff Lorenson (Cannon Falls, Minn.) and Johnson helped cap a 8-0 run by the Beavers to put them up by 12 at 12:42. With 3:57 on the clock, things seemed to be going fine for BSU as it had a 73-61 lead but BC gave a late push. The Royals scored eight of the next 10 points to close the gap to six at 75-69. However, three tri-fectas that rimmed out, a turnover and two missed jumpers sealed the Royals fate at the end. BSU got five free throws from Johnson, a made jumper by senior center Ben Caron (Bemidji, Minn.) and a steal by senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) sent the visitors to its third straight victory in St. Paul, Minn.

Lorenson tied a career-high with 14 points and four three-pointers on the night as he also had a game-best six assists. He was followed in scoring by Caron as he had 13 points on 6-10 shooting. Bryan was second behind Hanks in rebounding with eight, which is good for a personal-best.

“We still need to take care of the basketball and continue to get better on the boards,” said Guiot. “The 23 turnovers that we had is not championship-caliber basketball so we need to improve in that area.”

For the hosts, Andy Gilbert tied with Johnson for the game-high with 25 points. He also added eight rebounds, three steals and a block. Joe Dykhoff recorded 12 points with Travis Jones and John Jacobs close behind with 10 points apiece.

Overall, the Beavers grabbed 48 rebounds compared to 35 on the part of Bethel. Also, BSU had an advantage in assists (19-8) and doubled up Bethel in three’s (10-5).

Playing in its fourth game in the matter of seven days, BSU travels to the South Dakota State Tournament over the holiday break. The Beavers take on Augustana on Friday at 6:00 p.m. while the host school welcomes Bemidji State at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Notes: The Beavers have taken five of the last six meetings against the Royals...BSU is 3-0 when traveling to St. Paul, Minn...Royce Bryan is 12 assists shy of moving into 10th-place on the school’s career list for assists - he currently has 161 after dishing out five tonight...The first home contest for the Beavers is Monday, Dec. 2nd when they host Wisconsin-Superior at 7:00 p.m...Charles Hanks notched his fourth career double-double as a Beaver with his 19 point-11 rebound performance tonight.