Minot State holds off Bemidji State, 77-73, in final minute

January 02, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State353873
Minot State393877
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMINOT
FG Percentage.459 (28-61) .490 (24-49)
3P FG Percentage.333 (8-24) .357 (5-14)
FT Percentage.563 (9-16) .828 (24-29)
Offensive Rebounds75
Defensive Rebounds2329
Total Rebounds3034
Bench Points3240
PointsBest - 24
Rudolph - 17
ReboundsPekarek - 6
Womack - 6
Davis - 6
TEAM - 6
AssistsValdez - 5
Maia - 3
Mertens - 3
StealsHarvey - 1
Best - 1
Anderson - 1
Valdez - 1
McDonald - 1
Mertens - 1
BlocksBest - 1
White - 1
Pelo - 1
Pines - 1
Minot State holds off Bemidji State, 77-73, in final minute
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Minot State holds off Bemidji State, 77-73, in final minute

MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team came up short Saturday night against Minot State University, 77-73, in Minot, N.D. Junior Ben Best topped 20 points for the second time this season while giving BSU (6-5, 3-4 NSIC) an opportunity to take a late lead in the Beaver Bash.

Best sank his third 3-pointer of the night with 1:33 left to tie the game at 73. The following shots from Bemidji State weren’t able to find the bottom of the net as free throws from Minot State doomed BSU’s chance to complete a 13-point comeback.

William Harvey, coming off a career-high 28 points Dec. 18, began a quick 5-0 run for BSU with a jumper while DJ Anderson followed with his only 3-pointer of the night. Minot State began to take control of the game while going on a 29-11 run over the next 10 minutes. Bemidji State missed 11 of 16 attempts from the field during the stretch, falling to a 29-16 deficit.

Best hit back-to-back 3-pointers with just over three minutes to spark a 10-2 run to end the first half. Bemidji State pulled within two points, 37-35, as Anderson added two layups before Minot State finished the opening period with two free throws and a 39-35 lead.

After Minot State began the second half on a 5-2 run, Bemidji State continued its push to retake a lead since early in the game. A 9-2 run led by Irvin Womack with four points tied the game at 46 with 13:43 left in the game. MSU traded baskets to hold off BSU, before Calvin Harrington added his only three points of the night to take a 55-54 lead. Minot State quickly retook the lead, pushing it out to five points.

Best and Shane White added three points each during an 11-1 run that brought Bemidji State up 66-61 with just over five minutes left in the game. Minot State then took advantage of two Bemidji State missed field goals to regain the lead. Best and Womack added two free throws each while going up, 70-67. Both teams traded 3-pointers over the next three scores, taking a 73-73 tie into the final minute of the game. Coming out of a timeout, Tyler Rudolph of Minot State was fouled before sinking both free throw attempts. Elijah Valdez took the potential go-ahead score with a 3-point attempt, which bounced out and into the hands of Rudolph for a defensive rebound. After being fouled, Rudolph sank two free throws to seal the game, a 77-73 win for Minot State.

Bemidji State finished shooting 45.9 percent (28-61) from the field and 33.3 percent (8-24) from behind the arc. BSU trailed MSU on the boards, 34-30, while converting seven offensive rebounds into five second-chance points. Best led the way in scoring followed by Womack with 17. Womack and Christian Pekarek paced BSU on the boards with six rebounds each.

Bemidji State wraps up its trip to North Dakota Sunday with a NSIC tilt against University of Mary (11-2, 6-1 NSIC) in the McDowell Activity Center.

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).