February 06, 20151st2ndFinal
Southwest Minn. Stat264975
Bemidji State403171
Stats at a GlanceSMSUBSUM
FG Percentage.426 (26-61) .433 (26-60)
3P FG Percentage.333 (7-21) .360 (9-25)
FT Percentage.593 (16-27) .588 (10-17)
Offensive Rebounds711
Defensive Rebounds2733
Total Rebounds3444
Bench Points2737
PointsKirk - 16
Lutes - 22
ReboundsWeg - 8
Martin - 8
Pekarek - 9
AssistsBartlett - 3
Martin - 3
Zimmerman - 5
StealsMartin - 5
Pekarek - 2
BlocksWeg - 2
Zimmerman - 2
Beavers lose a heartbreaker to Southwest Minnesota State, 75-71
Friday, February 6, 2015
Beavers lose a heartbreaker to Southwest Minnesota State, 75-71

BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Bemidji State University men's basketball team hosted Southwest Minnesota State University Friday evening, falling short only in the last minutes of the game resulting in a 75-71 loss.

Bemidji State moves its record to 8-13 overall and 4-13 in league play with the win, while the Mustangs improve to 11-12 overall and 7-10 in conference action. The Beavers will end their weekend at home Saturday, Feb. 7 as they host University of Sioux Falls with the tip off set for 6 p.m. from BSU Gymnasium.

Bemidji State Highlights

  • Brock Lutes contributed 22 points to pace the offense, which was close to his season-high of 25 as he shot 9-of-19 from the field, 2-of-6 from the arc and added two free throws. Lutes also recorded five rebounds and three assists.
  • Ben Best scored a career-high 18 points and also snagged six rebounds for the Beavers. Best shot a team-high 6-of-8 from the foul line.
  • Clayton Elrod tied his career-high in points with 16 and tied his high in 3's made in a game by sinking four and shot 50% from behind the arc.
  • BSU outrebounded the Mustangs, pulling down 40 rebounds compared to SMSU’s 33. Christian Pekarek led the effort for the Beavers, recording a career-high of nine boards.
  • Bemidji State held a lead for 35:22 of the 40 minutes played.

Southwest Minnesota State Highlights

  • Carter Kirk came off the bench to lead the Mustangs’ offense with his 16 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Cole Martin contributed 15 points and co-led the team with eight rebounds.
  • Martin led the squad with five steals and three assists.
  • Mitch Weg was the other Mustang that posted eight rebounds to lead the team and added 14 points in the win over the Beavers.
  • The Mustangs shot 42.6 percent from the floor but in the second half was 51.6 percent going 16-of-31.
  • SMSU broke an 18-point deficit to come back to earn the win over the Beavers.

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).