Beavers Use Suffocating Defense In 91-68 Win
Friday, February 7, 2003
Feb. 7, 2003

Moorhead, Minn. - Bemidji State (11-10, 7-5 NSIC) never trailed as it won a huge NSIC contest over MSU Moorhead (13-6, 6-5 NSIC), 91-68 at the Alex Nemzek Gymnasium.

Out of the gates, the Beavers never trailed as they built a 16-8 advantage after a three-point play on the part of senior guard Aaron Kallhoff (Norfolk, Neb.). That lead increased to 21-12 before the Dragons countered with a modest 14-8 run to force Bemidji State into a time-out at 5:02. BSU had an answer for everything as senior guard Stan Johnson (Salt Lake City, Utah) connected on a long-range bomb to send the visitors up 40-34 at the half.

Kallhoff led all scorers with 12 points as he hit on all four of his shots, including three free throws at the half. BSU hit on six of 19 from long-range and went 15 of 33 (.455) overall. MSUM was just two of 11 (.182) from three-point land.

Thanks to five points by Kallhoff, BSU stretched its lead to 14 at 54-40 with 15:40 left in the game. The lead would increase from there as the hosts could never find an answer for the Beavers. In the second-half, the BSU lead never shrank under 10 points.

Kallhoff reached a career-high 27 points for the Beavers as junior forward Charles Hanks went for 20. Johnson chipped in 15 with junior guard Adam Daley (Des Moines, Iowa) adding 14.

The guests went 31 of 60 (.517) for the game, including nine of 27 from three-point land. MSUM went 25 of 57 (.439) and just 11 of 27 (.407) in the second half. The Beavers dominated the glass with Hanks leading the way with 12 as they held a 43-24 advantage.

The Dragons were paced by the 22 points by Jared Bledsoe.

Bemidji State will invade Minnesota-Crookston tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. affair.

Notes: After sitting out six games with an injured foot, Chris Wallin saw 15 minutes of action tonight...In the overall series, BSU has taken nine of the last 13 contests...Coming into the game, BSU was first in the league in scoring offense (83.7) while MSUM was first in scoring defense (69.8)...BSU has now hit at least one three-pointer in 166 straight games, including four or more in the last 52 contests...Adam Daley has gone 10 straight with at least one three-point basket...Charles Hanks continued his hot scoring with his 12th straight game of double-digits and went for his third straight double-doulbe...With the 10 steals, BSU moves to 7-3 on the season when having more than 10.