|February 26, 2014||1st||2nd||Final|
Wayne State (Neb.)
|Stats at a Glance||WSC||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.552 (32-58)||.473 (26-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (12-30)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.706 (12-17)||.792 (19-24)|
Aluong - 1
Heesch - 1
Bauschek - 1
Bartling - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) – A 19-0 early second half run lifted visiting Wayne State College to an upset victory versus Bemidji State University men's basketball Wednesday in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Men's Basketball Tournament at BSU Gymnasium.
The Beavers (18-9) were the No. 2 seed in the NSIC North, while Wayne State (9-18) entered as the No. 7 seed of the NSIC South. The loss ends the 2013-14 season for Bemidji State, as the squad went 18-9 overall and 15-7 in NSIC play to earn a share of the NSIC North Championship. BSU recorded 18 wins for the sixth time in program history and the third season in a row for the first time in 92 seasons of Bemidji State basketball.
The loss ends the careers of five seniors, Michael Farrington (G, Milwaukee, Wis.), Zach Noreen (F, Avon, Minn.), Maxie Rosenbloom (F, St. Paul, Minn.), Jake Schalow (G, Kaukauna, Wis.) and Brock Tesdahl (G, Crosby, Minn.). In the last four years, the Beavers have compiled 69 wins, just two shy of the most wins in a four-year time span in BSU program history (71, 2001-05).
Junior Brock Lutes (G, Portland, Ore.) led the way with 22 points. He totaled 574 points this season to rank seventh on BSU’s single season scoring list. Noreen finished with 17 points, three rebounds and two steals. He finished with 928 career points. Rosenbloom recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 13 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 6-for-9 (66.7%) from the field and hit a late 3-pointer. He finished the season with 13 games with 10 or more rebounds. His 258 rebounds this season ranks second on BSU’s all-time single-season chart, while the 63.2 field goal percentage is the best all-time at Bemidji State. Schalow and Farrington each added eight points. Farrington dished out two assists and finished the season with 104 helpers to rank tied for 12th on the school’s single season assists list. Schalow finished the season with a 52.9 percentage from 3-point land, just shy of the school’s season record (min. 50 attempts) of 54 percent (David Lee, 1987-88), but his 93.8 free throw percentage is a BSU program record. Tesdahl played four minutes and earned playing time since a strong performance on senior night Feb. 15.
BSU shot 55.6 percent in the first half, but a 39.3 percentage in the second frame dropped the team’s shooting percentage to 47.3 percent. The Beavers finished the season with a 50.9 field goal shooting percentage to establish a new Bemidji State program record for field goal percentage (surpasses 50.1% by the 1993-94 team).
Bemidji State allowed Wayne State to shoot 55.2 percent from the field and 40 percent (12-for-30) from 3-point land. The Beavers won the paint, 40-20, but the mid and long range shooting of the Wildcats was enough to offset the advantage.
The Beavers and Wildcats traded buckets early and with 3:40 gone from the first half, BSU led 8-7. The Beavers then posted a 7-2 run, capped by a Noreen bucket underneath, to open a 15-9 lead with 13:38 left.
The Wildcats responded with an 11-5 run and with 9:10 showing on the game clock, the scoreboard read 20-20. After trading punches, BSU was able to take a five-point advantage, 33-28 on a Lutes layup with 5:25 left in the opening frame.
The Beavers’ lead hit a first-half high with 1:37 remaining at 41-34. BSU closed the half with a five-point lead at 43-38.
BSU shot 55.6 percent from the field in the first frame, but the Wildcats were close behind with a 53.6 percentage.
Early second half play was all Wayne State. Lutes knocked down the first shot of the frame to open a seven-point lead, 45-38, but WSC responded with a 19-0 run that handed the underdog a 57-45 lead with 15:20 remaining in regulation. During the run, BSU went 0-for-7.
A Farrington bucket ended the run, but WSC continued to apply the pressure and increased the streak to a 26-4 run over more than eight minutes of play to open a 64-49 lead. The Beavers shot 2-for-11 from the field and turned the ball over three times during the lull.
The Beavers battled back and after a Lutes free throw, trailed by nine at 68-59 with 7:02 to play. The Wildcats responded with a 3-pointer and continued to hit shots after BSU until the home team cut the deficit to six on a rare five-point possession. Lutes converted on an old-fashioned 3-point play and on the made free throw, Noreen was fouled and sent to the line for two due to the double bonus. He knocked down both attempts from the line and the score read 80-74 with 3:10 remaining.
The Wildcats again countered with a made basket and after a BSU missed attempt on the offensive end, the road team hit two free throws and the lead was again 10 at 84-74 with just 1:52 left. BSU failed to make the necessary shots to keep the season going and ended up losing by the 12-point margin.
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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).