|February 08, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MARY||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.459 (28-61)||.582 (32-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.333 (6-18)||.500 (14-28)|
|FT Percentage||.789 (15-19)||.750 (12-16)|
Henry - 3
Decoste - 2
Rosenbloom - 2
Rosenbloom - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) fell just one point shy of a Bemidji State University men’s basketball single-game points record, as he totaled 43 points to lift the Beavers to a 90-77 home victory against University of Mary Saturday. Senior guard Jake Schalow (Kaukauna, Wis.) added 25 points to help guide BSU to 17-5 overall and 14-4 in NSIC play.
Lutes’ 43 points fell just one point shy of Charles Hanks’ program record 44 points established against Winona State University March 1, 2003. The total now ranks second all-time at BSU in the category. His 17 field goals made tied the program highwater mark held by Frank Kopetka (Jan. 15, 1974), while Lutes’ 24 field goals attempted fell one shy of tying the BSU record, held by Kevin Nichols (1993-94). In addition to shooting 70.8 percent from the field, the junior posted an 8-for-11 (72.7%) effort from 3-point land, falling just one 3-pointer made from tying a program mark, held by Mark Hronski (Feb. 3, 1996).
Lutes also added three assists in 40 minutes of play. On the weekend, he totaled 73 points, shot 64.3 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point land.
Schalow and Lutes combined for 75.6 percent of BSU’s points Saturday, as the senior added 25. He was just as efficient, shooting 9-for-12 (75%) from the field and hit on 5-of-8 (62.5%) from downtown, plus went 2-for-2 from the line. He added four rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes.
The Beavers as a team shot 58.2 percent from the field and went 14-for-28 (50%) from beyond the arc. The 14 buckets from long range tied a season-high for Bemidji State and marks the third time in the last four games and eighth total contest this season with 10 or more 3-pointers. BSU shot 12-for-16 (75%) from the free throw line. The Beavers totaled 18 assists and turned the ball over just 10 times. U-Mary (6-17, 4-14 NSIC) shot 45.9 percent from the field and outrebounded the home team 33-27, which included 15 offensive rebounds.
Bemidji State reached 17 wins for the 16th time in program history with the victory against U-Mary. It marks the third straight season with 17 or more wins, which is the first three-year stretch since Bemidji State posted 17-plus victories in four-straight seasons from 2001-2005. Another win would move the team to a group of just five other squads with 18 or more in a season.
The Beavers and Lutes were firing on all cylinders right out of the gates and opened a 13-2 lead in the first five minutes behind a 3-for-5 effort from 3-point land and eight points from Lutes. U-Mary then closed the gap and the BSU lead was 18-13 with 12:50 remaining in the first half.
The Beavers pushed the lead to 28-15 and 10:52 showing on the clock, thanks to a 3-pointer by Lutes to extend his game total to 15. At the second media timeout, Bemidji State led 28-19 on 66.7 percent shooting from the field, but the Marauders were hanging in with a 58.3 percentage.
A junior Dillon Floyd (F, Palm Springs, Calif.) 3-pointer with 5:07 left in the half moved BSU’s game total to 9-for-13 from long range and handed the home team a 38-23 lead.
The Beaver lead never dipped below 10 for the rest of the half and that is where it sat at 49-39. The Beavers shot 66.7 percent from the field, while U-Mary hit on 50 percent of its attempts. Bemidji State went 10-of-16 (62.5%) from 3-point range.
Lutes had 26 at the half on 10-for-12 (83.3%) effort from the field, a 5-for-5 mark from 3-point land and was 1-of-2 from the free throw line.
A senior Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.) layup moved the Bemidji State lead to 15 with 13:42 remaining in the second half, but a 7-0 U-Mary run cut its deficit to just eight at 62-54 with 12:32 showing on the game clock.
Lutes and Schalow then re-took over, as a Schalow 3-point play moved the Bemidji State lead to 71-56 (capped a 9-2 run) with 10:46 remaining.
The BSU lead hit 17 just a minute later, but the Marauders just kept coming and the advantage dipped back to 10 at 83-73 and 1:55 showing on the game clock. Four senior guard Michael Farrington (Milwaukee, Wis.) free throws in the next 30 seconds of game time extend the lead to 12 at 87-75, then Lutes’ 42nd and 43rd points of the evening came in the form of a layup to ice the contest, en route to the 13-point victory, 90-77.
The Beavers (11-2 at home in 2013-14) entertain current No. 21 Minnesota State University, Mankato Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. before hosting Concordia University, St. Paul Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.
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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).