|January 25, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MINOT|
|FG Percentage||.574 (27-47)||.492 (29-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.409 (9-22)||.286 (6-21)|
|FT Percentage||.913 (21-23)||.500 (4-8)|
Williams - 13
Hervy - 4
Lutes - 2
MINOT, N.D (Minot State Dome) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team recorded its seventh straight victory Saturday, its longest streak since 2004-05, with an 84-68 victory at Minot State University in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest in Minot, N.D. BSU is 8-1 in its last nine games, improved to 14-4 overall and 11-3 in NSIC play.
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) guided the team with 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field with six rebounds. Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Both Lutes and Noreen knocked down two 3-pointers and went 5-for-5 and 7-for-9 (77.8%) from the free throw line, respectfully. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) posted 18 points, which included a 4-for-7 (57.1%) effort from long range, and a perfect 6-for-6 mark from free throw line. Senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom (St. Paul, Minn.) totaled 15 points and 12 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double and seventh of the season. He was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line.
Bemidji State shot 57.1 percent from the field and during the last nine games have averaged 85.7 points and shot 57 percent from the field. BSU knocked down nine 3-pointers and went 21-for-23 (91.3%) from the charity stripe. The road team won the rebounding battle 33-22. Minot State shot 49.2 percent from the field and attempted just eight free throws.
With the win, BSU has swept back-to-back NSIC road weekend for a four-game road winning streak.
Bemidji State struggled from the field early to trail 12-2 with 16:34 remaining in the first half, but posted a 12-4 run during the next five minutes to trail by just two, 16-14. The run was capped by five-straight points from Noreen. BSU trailed 25-16 with 9:20 left, but would again battle back. A 6-0 run, ended by a Lutes 3-pointer, would put BSU down 25-22 with 8:27 showing on the game clock.
BSU trailed 31-25 with 4:15 remaining, but senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) layup capped a 5-0 run to get within one at 31-30 with 3:20 left. The road team took their first lead of the game, 35-33, on a Rosenbloom 3-point play with 2:07 left and the individual effort was apart of a 9-2 BSU run in the last three minutes of the half to give the green and white Beavers a 39-35 advantage at the break.
With the game tied 43-43 and 16:25 showing on the second half game clock, Bemidji State rattled off a 10-4 run to take the 53-47 lead with 12:51 remaining. A Schalow 3-pointer moved the BSU lead to 56-49 with 11:28 left, but MISU posted a 5-0 run to get within two at 56-54 with 9:39 remaining.
The game was tied 62-62 with 6:50 left, but Bemidji State posted an 8-1 run during the next three minutes to take a three-possession lead at 70-63 with 3:45 remaining. The run was capped by a pair of Noreen free throws, which started a 12-for-12 effort from the charity stripe by BSU down the stretch to increase the lead and ensure the 84-68 victory.
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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).