|February 01, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SF|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.549 (28-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (10-25)||.464 (13-28)|
|FT Percentage||.941 (16-17)||.750 (18-24)|
Noreen - 2
Kielpinski - 1
Rayburn - 1
Ward - 1
Johnson - 1
Goffney - 1
SIOUX FALLS, S.D (Stewart Center) – Bemidji State University men's basketball failed to score during the final four minutes of the first half and allowed an 11-0 run by University of Sioux Falls to trail by 12 at the half. BSU cut the deficit to four in the final minutes, but couldn't complete the comeback and suffered its first loss in nine games, 87-78.
Sioux Falls did what the Beavers have done to their opponents the last eight games, shot an efficient 54.9 percent, knocked down 13 3-pointers and continued to respond to any run BSU could put together. The Beavers shot 45.6 percent form the field and hit 10 3-pointers, but couldn’t make the final push in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest.
During the eight-game win streak, BSU averaged 84.1 points per game, shot 57.4 percent from the field and hit on 44.6 percent of its 3-point attempts. The eight-game win streak tied 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). The Beavers are now 9-2 in their last 11 games and own a 15-5 overall and 12-4 NSIC record to still hold down the lead in the NSIC North.
Senior Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.) posted his third straight and 11th 20-point performance of the season with 24 points. He also added seven rebounds. Senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) scored 17 points on a perfect 6-for-6 effort from the field, 4-for-4 shooting from 3-point land and he knocked down his only free throw attempt. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) totaled 14 points and added five rebounds. Junior guard DJ Hervy (Chicago, Ill.) totaled 13 points and hit three, 3-pointers. Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) came into the weekend second in the league in scoring with 19.3 points per game, but the Cougars held the junior to just six points.
The teams traded blows early and with 15:57 remaining in the first half, a Schalow layup tied the game 9-9. USF then posted an 11-2 run to open the 20-11 lead with 12:38 showing on the game clock. BSU never let the lead get above seven and trailed by just one on two occasions.
The second time came after Rosenbloom knocked down two free throws to move the score to 30-29 in favor of the road team with 4:09 remaining. From that point on the Beavers would fail to score, as the Cougars ran off 11 straight points to take the 41-29 lead into the break.
The BSU deficit ranged between eight and 15 for the majority of the second half and sat at 12, 77-65, with 3:36 remaining. The Beavers then found a rhythm from downtown and posted an 11-4 run to get within four with 1:48 left in regulation. Noreen hit the first 3-pointer, then Hervy knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers and completed the run with two free throws.
Just like they had been doing all game, the Cougars responded with a bucket, then a stop and the USF lead was back to eight with just 53 ticks left, not enough time for the Beavers to complete the comeback, halting a winning streak that dated back to Jan. 4.
The Beavers look to start another winning streak Feb. 7-8 with a pair of home games against Minot State University and University of Mary.
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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).