Beavers take first game of Viterbo Classic, 76-69

November 20, 20151st2ndFinal
Bemidji State492776
Cardinal Stritch University284169
Stats at a GlanceBSUMCSU
FG Percentage.442 (23-52) .434 (23-53)
3P FG Percentage.292 (7-24) .333 (6-18)
FT Percentage.639 (23-36) .739 (17-23)
Offensive Rebounds95
Defensive Rebounds2524
Total Rebounds3429
Bench Points3319
PointsWomack - 15
Semenas - 19
ReboundsBest - 6
Semenas - 7
AssistsAnderson - 6
Fair - 2
Knox - 2
Kirby - 2
StealsBest - 1
Rhodes - 1
White - 1
Reinke - 1
Moore - 1
Evak - 1
BlocksHarrington - 2
Mosely - 1
Beavers take first game of Viterbo Classic, 76-69
Friday, November 20, 2015
Beavers take first game of Viterbo Classic, 76-69

LA CROSSE, Wis. (R.W. Beggs Senior Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team opened to a strong start Friday night in its 76-69 win against Cardinal Stritch University. The Beavers (3-0, 0-0 NSIC) won its first game of the Viterbo Classic exhibition tournament and will face the winner of University of Jamestown and Viterbo University Saturday.

The Beavers shot 56.3 percent (18-32) from the field during the first half. Free throws carried BSU through the second half as the Wolves made a late-comeback, cutting the lead to six points late in the game. Irvin Womack led the Beavers with 15 points while grabbing five rebounds.

After causing a turnover on the first defensive possession, the Beavers forced five straight missed shots by the Wolves to jump to a 10-0 lead midway through the first half. Womack scored 13 of his 15 points to close out the first half, while Jordan Rhodes added eight. The Beavers shot over 50 percent (18-32) from the field through the first half, slowly building their lead to enter halftime, 49-28.

The Beavers and Wolves traded scores through the second half, until CSU went on a 9-0 run late. DJ Anderson hit a free throw to end the skid and spark six straight from the charity stripe for BSU. The Beavers totaled more free throw scores than points from the field during the final period.

Kaylor Zimmerman and William Harvey each scored 11 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the field and grabbing four rebounds. Ben Best led the team with six rebounds while adding two assists and one steal. The Beavers shot 44.2 percent (23-52) from the field and 29.2 percent (7-24) from behind the arc. BSU totaled 23-of-36 from the free throw line. Nine offensive rebounds of 34 total led to 15 second chance points for BSU

Womack led the Beavers bench that totaled 33 points. William Harvey finished close behind Pekarek in scoring, putting up 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Elijah Valdez added 13 points off the bench while sinking three 3-pointers. Best and Calvin Harrington also reach double-digit scoring. The Beavers ended the night shooting 55 percent (33-60) from the field and 56.5 percent (13-23) from behind the arc. BSU finished with 32 points in the paint.

Bemidji State faces the winner of Jamestown and Viterbo Saturday to finish off the Viterbo Classic.

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).