|February 07, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.345 (20-58)||.533 (32-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.348 (8-23)||.391 (9-23)|
|FT Percentage||.632 (12-19)||.714 (10-14)|
Yale - 1
McDonald - 1
Noreen - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Junior guard Brock Lutes (Portland, Ore.) totaled 30 points, his fourth 30-point performance of the season, to guide the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to an 83-60 victory against visiting Minot State University Saturday at BSU Gymnasium. BSU improved to 16-5 overall and 13-4 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
Lutes went 10-for-18 (55.6%) from the field, hit three, 3-pointers and posted a 7-for-8 (87.5%) effort from the free throw line. He continues to lead the NSIC in scoring (19.5 ppg), thanks, in part, to a conference-best four games with 30-plus points. Senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) recorded his ninth double-double of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds. He entered the game leading the league and ranked 26th nationally in double-doubles. Senior forward Zach Noreen (Avon, Minn.) added 19 points and nine rebounds. Both Rosenbloom and Noreen shot above 60 percent from the field and added two blocks. Senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) came off the bench to total seven points, five rebounds and five assists with two steals in 28 minutes.
The Beavers shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half and settled at 53.3 percent for the game, their 12th contest this season shooting above 50 percent. BSU held MISU to 34.5 percent shooting from the field. Both teams attempted 23 3-pointers, as BSU hit nine and Minot State knocked down eight (seven in the first half). The home team dominated the glass 42-25 and the paint 38-20.
Bemidji State trailed 11-7 five minutes into the contest, but would rattle off a 10-0 run in just 1:47 to open a 17-11 lead with 13:06 showing on the game clock. Farrington started the run with five straight points.
Minot State responded with back-to-back 3-pointers to knot the contest 17-17 and the teams traded buckets to a 22-20 advantage for the home team with 7:48 remaining in the first half. Bemidji State then got jump started by Lutes, as he poured in eight points to guide BSU to a 12-4 run, which handed the home team a 34-24 lead with 4:51 left in the opening half.
The two squads again traded buckets, but a 7-0 run in the last minute and 17 seconds by Minot State cut the BSU lead to 42-37 heading into the locker room.
Lutes posted 18 points in the first half, while Rosenbloom added seven points and nine rebounds. Bemidji State shot 50 percent in the opening frame, while MISU recorded seven of its 13 field goals made from beyond the arc (7-for-14).
A Rosenbloom 3-point play regained the double-digit lead for BSU at 54-43 with 14:55 remaining. BSU then recorded a 10-3 run to open a 64-46 advantage to force a MISU timeout with 12:12 left in regulation. Out of the break, BSU created a turnover, then at the other end, senior Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) knocked down his second three of the second half to give the home team a 21-point lead, 67-46, with 12:10 showing on the game clock.
The Bemidji State lead went as high 26 and never dipped below 19 the rest of the way, before settling at 23, 83-60.
The Beavers look to improve upon their 10-2 home record in 2013-14 Saturday when University of Mary visits BSU Gymnasium for a 6 p.m. showdown.
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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).