November 24, 20151st2ndFinal
Concordia-St. Paul433780
Bemidji State304070
Stats at a GlanceCSPBSUM
FG Percentage.473 (26-55) .357 (25-70)
3P FG Percentage.400 (4-10) .182 (6-33)
FT Percentage.800 (24-30) .875 (14-16)
Offensive Rebounds1013
Defensive Rebounds3421
Total Rebounds4434
Bench Points2532
PointsOlstad - 14
Best - 15
ReboundsMandli - 13
Best - 11
AssistsSobaski - 6
Pekarek - 4
StealsOlstad - 3
Harrington - 1
Anderson - 1
Zimmerman - 1
BlocksOlstad - 2
Best - 4
Beavers drop first game of 2015-16 to Concordia-St. Paul, 80-70
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Beavers drop first game of 2015-16 to Concordia-St. Paul, 80-70

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Ben Best scored 15 and pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds, but the Bemidji State University men's basketball team dropped its first game of the 2015-16 season Tuesday, 80-70, to Concordia University-St. Paul. The Beavers (3-1, 0-0 NSIC) saw an opportunity late in the game while trailing by five points, but couldn’t complete a comeback bid.

While the Beavers shot 34.8 percent (24-69) from the field, the team trailed the Golden Bears, 66-61, with four minutes remaining in the game. Best made three of his team-leading points at the time to bring the Beavers within reaching distance and gain momentum. CSP missed one of its two field-goal attempts the rest of the way, but converted 11 free throws in the final minutes.

Best began the game’s scoring while getting in the paint and converting a layup. Concordia-St. Paul followed up by sinking the next seven points of the game as Bemidji State missed five shots during the stretch. The Golden Bears would ultimately hold on to the lead the rest of the way. Irvin Womack tied the game at 12 before bringing the Beavers to within two points, 23-21, on a fast-break, transition layup. CSP closed out the half while making eight straight shots from the field and taking a 43-30 lead into halftime.

Concordia-St. Paul opened the second half with five straight points in two and a half minutes to grab its largest lead of the night, 48-30. Elijah Valdez broke the streak with three of his 10 points on the night. The 3-pointer sparked a 9-2 run for the Beavers to get within 11 points. The Beavers kept chipping away at the lead until Best’s 3-pointer brought the deficit down to five points.

Womack followed Best in scoring with 13 points, while DJ Anderson added 12. Best recorded his first double-double of the season, as six of his 11 rebounds came on the offensive side. He finished the game shooting 7-of-13 from the field.

The Beavers outscored the Golden Bears’ bench, 32-25, while also leading in second chance points, 16-4, and points off turnovers, 14-3. BSU turned the ball over six times while forcing 12 turnovers by CSP. Concordia-St. Paul grabbed 10 more rebounds than Bemidji State, 44-34.

Bemidji State now shifts its focus to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play as it travels to Crookston, Minn. Saturday to battle University of Minnesota Crookston in the 2015-16 league opener. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m. at Lysaker 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).