Wildcats Shoot 57 Percent In 88-78 Win Over Beavers
Saturday, February 1, 2003
Feb. 1, 2003

Bemidji, Minn. - Bemidji State (10-10, 6-5 NSIC) shot a season-low 15 percent (five of 34) from three-point range and 34 percent (24 of 71) overall in dropping a 88-78 decision at the hands of Wayne State (NE) (8-12, 6-5 NSIC) tonight at the BSU Gymnasium.

After going eight straight games with at least 10 three-pointers, the Beavers tie a season-low of five. The percentage is the lowest since BSU went one-for-14 (.071) from long-range against Mayville State, Nov. 17, 2000.

With junior forward Charles Hanks (Chicago, Ill.) making his first two buckets of the night and staking the Beavers to a 4-0 lead, things seemed to be bright for the hosts. However, that happened to be the only lead of the night as the Wildcats went on a 40-20 scoring frenzy to take control of the game with 3:50 left in the first half. Thanks to the 18 points by Hanks at half-time, BSU went into the locker room with a 12-point deficit at 45-33.

WSC went 18 of 22 from the foul line in the first half, out-scoring the Beavers by 10 points from that area. The visitors had 15 turnovers and hoisted up just five three-pointers, connecting on three of them.

Sophomore guard Jamal Clements (Parkhill, Colo.) helped BSU roar back with a three-pointer to make the score 61-57 with 11:55 remaining. That bucket closed out a 24-16 BSU run.

For the final 12 minutes, Wayne State seemed to have an answer for every Bemidji State scoring spree. BSU cut the lead down to four points on four occasions in the final six minutes of regulation. The last one came after Clements converted three free throws with :58 second left and the score 82-78. From there, WSC hit all six of its free throws as BSU could muster three three-point attempts.

The Beavers gave up a season-high 57.4 percent shooting as Wayne State went 26 of 34 (.765) from the free-throw line. The Wildcats nearly doubled up (28-15) BSU in turnovers and grabbed 39 rebounds compared to the 34 by Bemidji State. The hosts hit on 25 free throws, which was a season high, as WSC went 26 of 34 (.765) from that area.

Hanks led all scorers with 25 points as he connected on 10 of his career-high 23 attempts from the floor. The 10 rebounds, which was a game-high, gave him his second straight double-double and fourth on the season. Senior guard Aaron Kallhoff (Norfolk, Neb.) chipped in 14 points and seven rebounds as he was a perfect six-for-six from the charity stripe. Senior guard Royce Bryan (Haviland, Kan.) had three assists on the night as he moved into fifth-place with 210 career assists at BSU.

Todd Klostermann, who went nine-for-nine from the foul line, led the Wildcats with 21 points, and Brett Watson recorded 20 on eight of 12 shooting.

BSU invades MSU Moorhead and Minnesota-Crookston next Friday and Saturday with both games scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Notes: The Wildcats have taken five of the last six meetings in the overall series...The Wayne State reserves out-scored BSU’s 33-23 on the night...The 53 combined fouls, free throws (51) and free throw attempts (66) is the most in a Beaver game this season...It is the fifth time this season that BSU has forced an opponent into at least 25 turnovers - BSU was 4-1 prior to tonight...This is the eighth straight game that BSU has had fewer turnovers than its opponent...The Beavers fall to 11-4 under coach Guiot in regular season league games at home...The 33.8 percent BSU shooting mark is the lowest since it went 29.7 percent (22 of 74) against South Dakota State, Nov. 30, 2002...Senior Stan Johnson (left/right ankle) did not dress for tonight’s game as he sprained both last night.