|November 20, 2012||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MT|
|FG Percentage||.339 (19-56)||.620 (31-50)|
|3P FG Percentage||.286 (6-21)||.588 (10-17)|
|FT Percentage||.750 (15-20)||.737 (14-19)|
- 13||Ali Haidar
- 8||Ali Haidar
Edwards - 2
Edwards - 2
Ali Haidar - 1
T.J. Brown - 1
Troy Hecht - 1
Matt Esters - 1
- 1||Phil Romback
HOUGHTON, Mich. (SDC Gymnasium) - The Bemidji State University men's basketball team ran into a hot shooting Michigan Tech University squad Tuesday in Houghton, Mich. and fell 86-59. The Huskies - who are receiving votes nationally - shot a scorching 77.3 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from 3-point land in the first half of the win.
The Beavers shot 50 percent in the first half to keep themselves in the game, but it was no match for the Huskies, who started the contest 13-for-14 from the field and had a nine-point lead at 16-7 just five minutes into the game. The Beavers battled back with a jumper from senior Dermaine Crockrell (G, Mesa, Ariz.), a 3-pointer from senior Sean Jones (F, Seattle, Wash.) and two free throws from senior Mason Walters (F, Milton, Wis.) to cut the deficit to four at 16-12.
Unfortunately for BSU, an 8-2 run by the Huskies pushed their lead to 10 at 26-16. Again the Beavers came back and cut the deficit to five at 26-21 on a senior guard Jason Edwards (Phoenix, Ariz.) 3-pointer with 9:13 remaining. Down five would be as close as the Beavers would get the rest of the way, as MTU took a 47-34 lead into halftime.
At the break, the Huskies were 17-for-22 from the field, 8-for-11 from 3-point land and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe, missing just six shots in the opening 20 minutes. The Beavers didn’t have a bad first half after shooting 50 percent from the field and went 4-for-9 (44.4%) from beyond the arc. The team was able to turn MTU over eight times and converted that into a 13-5 advantage on points off turnovers. BSU also cleaned-up the offensive glass with a 4-0 mark in that category to score four points, but that still wasn’t enough against the highly-efficient Huskies.
Any hopes the Beavers had that the Huskies would slow in the second half were quickly squashed when the home team took a 56-36 lead five minutes into the second half. Michigan Tech continued to hit shots, while the Beavers went ice cold in their second loss of the season (1-2).
MTU shot ‘just’ 50 percent in the second half and finished the contest shooting 62.0 percent. The Huskies went 10-for-17 (58.8%) from the 3-point line. BSU finished shooting 33.9 percent from the field and 28.6 percent from beyond the arc. Junior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) led the team in scoring for the third consecutive game with 13 points and two rebounds. Walters finished with 10 points and four rebounds, while Crockrell added 10 points.
The Beavers conclude nonconference play Wednesday, Nov. 21 at Finlandia University starting at 4 p.m. central time.
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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).