Beavers take season-opener with big win, 84-55

November 13, 20151st2ndFinal
Bemidji State384684
Stats at a GlanceNORBEM
FG Percentage.362 (21-58) .457 (32-70)
3P FG Percentage.240 (6-25) .231 (6-26)
FT Percentage.500 (7-14) .700 (14-20)
Offensive Rebounds915
Defensive Rebounds2533
Total Rebounds3448
Bench Points1934
PointsDan Campion - 14
Ben Best - 17
ReboundsNathan Nicholls - 5
Bryshaun Brown - 5
TEAM - 5
William Harvey - 10
AssistsBrandon Galland - 2
Dan Campion - 2
Christian Pekarek - 7
StealsBrandon Galland - 1
Dan Campion - 1
Cristopher Tovar - 1
Bryshaun Brown - 1
Ben Best - 3
BlocksMaverick Harris - 1
William Harvey - 2
Beavers take season-opener with big win, 84-55
Friday, November 13, 2015
Beavers take season-opener with big win, 84-55

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team rode out a large halftime lead to an 84-55, season opening win against Northland College at BSU Gymnasium. Forward Ben Best put up a career-high 17 points, 12 in the second half, to push the Beavers (1-0, 0-0 NSIC) past the Lumberjacks (0-1, 0-0 UMAC) Friday night.

The Beavers scored 51 points in the paint to dominate post play. The Lumberjacks totaled 16 while allowing BSU to score 28 points off turnovers.

BSU jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead over the three minutes, never looking back. Two offensive rebounds positioned forward newcomer Jordan Rhodes to open the game’s scoring. Rhodes grabbed one of his two offensive boards on the night while converting a layup. He followed with a jumper in the paint, while Best and guard DJ Anderson added two layups of their own. Best converted an and-one opportunity to cap the opening run.

Free throws put the Beavers up by double-digits for good before the 10-minute mark in the first half. In the first half, BSU converted 9-of-10 free throw shots. Northland reached double-digit scoring with six and a half minutes remaining in the half to leave the score at 31-10. The Beavers went into halftime, leading 38-16. Guard Christian Pekarek finished the half with nine points.

While Bemidji State held a 22-point lead at intermission, the team’s shooting percentage only got higher in the final half. After beginning the game shooting 38.2 percent from the field, the Beavers shot 52.8 percent in the second half to finish at 45.7 percent for the game.

Forward William Harvey gave the Beavers their largest lead of the night of 34 points, 69-35, while grabbing a defensive rebound, driving down the court and sinking a jumper. BSU reached a 34-point lead two times following as more bench players began to see the court. Northland struck last with a jumper in the paint to set the final, 84-55.

Best finished with seven rebounds, three offensive and four defensive, while setting his career scoring mark of 17. Valdez finished with 15 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-10 shooting from behind the arc. Anderson also finished in double-digits with 11 points. Pekarek added nine points along with seven assists and one steal.

Northland finished the night shooting 36.2 percent from the field and 24 percent from 3-point. The Lumberjacks lost the rebound advantage to the Beavers, 48-34. The Beavers totaled 28 points off turnovers, 15 fast break points and eight second-chance points.

Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium to complete its weekend games while hosting Crown College at 8 p.m.

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)