Strong second half leads Beavers to second exhibition win

November 21, 20151st2ndFinal
Bemidji State University405191
University of Jamestown393978
Stats at a GlanceBSUUJ
FG Percentage.571 (36-63) .456 (26-57)
3P FG Percentage.364 (8-22) .440 (11-25)
FT Percentage.688 (11-16) .938 (15-16)
Offensive Rebounds79
Defensive Rebounds2322
Total Rebounds3031
Bench Points3029
PointsBest - 26
Tucker - 25
ReboundsHarvey - 7
Hagler - 9
AssistsZimmerman - 4
Harvey - 4
Tucker - 3
Hagler - 3
StealsPekarek - 2
Tucker - 3
BlocksZimmerman - 1
Harvey - 1
Havron - 1
Strong second half leads Beavers to second exhibition win
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Strong second half leads Beavers to second exhibition win

LA CROSSE, Wis. (R.W. Beggs Senior Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team used an effecient second-half run to come away with a 91-78 exhibition win against University of Jamestown to close out the Viterbo Classic. Forward Ben Best added a game- and career-high 26 points for the Beavers (3-0, 0-0 NSIC) to close out the exhibition tournament with two wins.

The Jimmies took a quick lead to begin the game via two 3-pointers. After the 6-2 lead, though, the Beavers went on an 11-0 run. Guard Kaylor Zimmerman began the run with a jumper while closing it out with a layup assisted by DJ Anderson. Once Jamestown snapped the skid, the two teams began to trade shots throughout the first half. William Harvey scored five straight points for the Beavers midway through the half, including his only 3-pointer of the day.

Jamestown went on a 16-6 run late in the half to make its final run for a lead. After trailing 39-38 with one minute remaining, the Beavers took advantage of a Jimmie turnover with a 3-point opportunity, which was missed but corralled by Jordan Rhodes. Rhodes made a layup as time expired to enter halftime with a one-point, 40-39, lead.

After shooting 53.1 percent (17-32) from the field during the first half, the Beavers put up an even better percentage in the second. BSU went on a 10-4 run out of the break, led by Best who added eight of the team’s points during the run. Best again sparked another run soon after, off a second-chance opportunity. During a 19-6 run, the Beavers forced six missed shots by the Jimmies and two turnovers. The run, capped by Elijah Valdez with a fast break 3-pointer, gave the Beavers its largest lead of the day at 18 points, 69-51. The Jimmies six points during the run came by free throws.

The teams again proceeded to trade points as the Beavers missed just two shots from the field over the final six and a half minutes. Best added eight points during the final five minutes to lead the Beavers to their second win of the weekend.

Best finished shooting 75 percent (12-16) from the field with 26 points. He added five rebounds and one steal. Harvey followed with 14 points and seven rebounds while contributing a season-high four assists. Rhodes and Womack also reached double digit scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively. The Beavers finished the day shooting 57.1 percent (36-63) from the field and 36.4 percent (8-22) from behind the arc. The BSU bench added 30 points, led by Rhodes, while the team took advantage of turnovers with 28 points.

Best was named the tournament's MVP, averaging 16 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. 65.2 percent (15-23) from the field and totaling two steals and two assists. Womack was named to the All-Tournament team, averaging 13 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.

Bemidji State closes out non-conference games Tuesday while hosting Concordia-St. Paul in BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers and Golden Bears tip-off at 8 p.m. as part of a men’s/women’s doubleheader.

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).