Beavers bench sparks 86-48 win against Storm

November 14, 20151st2ndFinal
Crown (MN)212748
Bemidji State335386
Stats at a GlanceCROBSUM
FG Percentage.294 (15-51) .446 (29-65)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .333 (10-30)
FT Percentage.800 (12-15) .500 (18-36)
Offensive Rebounds920
Defensive Rebounds2428
Total Rebounds3348
Bench Points2051
PointsJames Brown - 12
Calvin Harrington - 15
ReboundsTEAM - 9
Calvin Harrington - 8
AssistsTom Messner - 2
Christian Pekarek - 5
StealsTom Messner - 1
Breier Sanders - 1
Josh Volness - 1
Terrell Thomas - 1
Calvin Harrington - 4
BlocksAustin VanDerHeyden - 1
Jordan Whitcomb - 1
Calvin Harrington - 3
Beavers bench sparks 86-48 win against Storm
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Beavers bench sparks 86-48 win against Storm

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team's bench sparked scoring runs Saturday night in an 86-48 win against Crown College. The Beavers (2-0, 0-0 NSIC) totaled 51 bench points while taking a weekend-opening sweep.

Freshman Calvin Harrington scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Bemidji State bench. The Beavers got a much-needed spur from the Park Forest, Ill., native as he put up seven points in the first half. On the night, BSU scored 40 points in the paint and 22 on second-chance opportunities.

The Beavers and Storm began the game neck-and-neck in a low-scoring set of minutes. The Storm grabbed its largest lead of the night, 15-8, just over the 10-minute mark remaining in the half. The Beavers followed with a 15-0 run, ultimately ending the half with a 33-21 lead.

Head Coach Mike Boschee's squad followed up an average-shooting first half with a 50% field-goal percentage in the second. The Beavers opened the second period on a 20-4 scoring advantage, led by Harrington who totaled his eight second-half points during the run. The lead hovered around 30 points before a 10-0 run gained a game-high 39-point lead, 84-45, with just over one-minute to play in the game.

Bemidji State shot 44.6 percent from the field compared to 29.4 percent by Crown. The Beavers won the rebound advantage, 48-33. In total, BSU scored 40 points in the paint while forcing 26 turnovers, leading to 29 points. Twenty offensive rebounds turned into 22 second-chance points.

Harrington led the game with 15 points while also adding eight rebounds, four steals, three blocks and two assists, all off the bench. Ben Best followed with 13 points, three steals and three rebounds. Christian Pekarek (12 points) and William Harvey (11 points) also reach double-digit scoring for Bemidji State, while Pekarek lead the game in assists with five.

Bemidji State will rest for two days after the two-game weekend before hosting Mayville State University Tuesday at 8 p.m. in BSU Gymnasium.

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)