|January 31, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
Southwest Minnesota State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SMSU|
|FG Percentage||.611 (33-54)||.538 (35-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.579 (11-19)||.240 (6-25)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.750 (6-8)|
MARSHALL, Minn. (R/A Facility) – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team shot over 60 percent from the field for the fourth time this season Friday and three players scored more than 20 points to lift the Beavers to their eighth straight victory in a 91-82 decision at Southwest Minnesota State University.
The win improved BSU to 15-4 overall, 12-3 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play and 9-1 in the last 10 games, while the eight win streak ties a group of six teams that have posted a matching eight-game run in program history. The last team to post eight straight was the 1973-74 team squad (Nov. 30-Dec. 30). No Beaver team has recorded nine straight wins. The Beavers will attempt the mark and go for six consecutive road wins Saturday at University of Sioux Falls in a 6 p.m. meeting.
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) recorded his NSIC-leading 10th game with 20 or more points, as he tallied a game-high 26 points. He knocked down four 3-pointers to tie a season-high and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) posted his ninth game with 20-plus points, as he chipped in 24 points and added nine rebounds and four assists. He shot 11-of-14 (78.6%) from the field to tie a career-high for field goals made. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) posted his NSIC-best eighth double-double of the season (third in a row) with 22 points (tied career-high) and 13 rebounds. He played all 40 minutes for the second time in four games.
Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) added 14 points and hit four 3-pointers, while senior Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.) totaled eight assists off the bench.
The Beavers knocked down 11 3-pointers on 19 attempts for a 57.9 percentage. BSU has hit 10 or more 3-pointers in a game on six occasions this season. The 61.1 percent shooting from the field was aided by a 70.4 percent shooting performance in the second half. Eleven times the Beavers have shot above 50 percent this season and in the nine-game win streak, the team has shot above 50 percent eight times (five in a row). BSU went 14-for-18 (77.8%) from the free throw line, which included a clutch 9-for-10 effort in the second half. The Beavers entered the game first in the NSIC shooting from the field (51.6%), beyond the arc (41.1%) and from the charity stipe (76.3%).
BSU totaled 21 assists, its seventh game this season with 20 or more assists. The Beavers won the battle of the boards, 32-22. BSU totaled a 10-2 advantage in fast-break points. The game was tied 10 times, while the lead also changed 10 times.
It was clear the two teams were in for a battle early in the first half, as a 14-8 BSU lead with 15:22 remaining in the first half was erased and the Mustangs owned a 25-18 lead with 10:16 showing on the game clock. The Beavers trailed 30-25 with 7:18 remaining, but responded with an 8-1 run to open a 33-31 advantage and 4:26 left in the opening half.
SMSU would lead 37-33 with 3:18 remaining, but would fail to score for the remainder of the half to allow the Beavers to post a 6-0 run to close the frame with a lead, 39-37.
Both teams owned a lead, but not more than four points, in the first eight minutes of the second half. At that point, BSU was hanging on to a 58-57 lead. The advantage quickly went to nine in under two minutes when an 8-0 burst by the road team gave it its largest lead of the game at 66-57 with 10:42 remaining. Six straight points from Lutes highlighted the run.
The next three minutes was all Southwest Minnesota State, as the Mustangs charged back with an 11-2 run and the game was tied 68-68 with 7:44 left. The contest was tied for the 10th and final time at 71-71 with 6:39 showing on the game clock after a layup from Noreen. Then, the Beavers took over. The Noreen bucket jump started a 12-0 stretch for the road team and with 3:51 remaining, BSU owned an 81-71 lead, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Schalow.
The lead proved to be too much for SMSU to come back from, as the Beavers didn’t miss a shot and went 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 2:40 of play. The victory was BSU’s fifth straight against SMSU.
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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).