First half woes lead to 92-80 loss for Beavers

January 03, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State305080
Univ. of Mary454792
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMARY
FG Percentage.409 (27-66) .559 (33-59)
3P FG Percentage.444 (12-27) .353 (6-17)
FT Percentage.778 (14-18) .769 (20-26)
Offensive Rebounds144
Defensive Rebounds2225
Total Rebounds3629
Bench Points3518
PointsValdez - 16
Edwards - 23
ReboundsHarvey - 10
Tyler - 6
AssistsAnderson - 7
Douglas - 4
Edwards - 4
StealsAnderson - 4
Douglas - 2
Collins - 2
BlocksBest - 1
Suggs - 1
Edwards - 1
Tyler - 1
First half woes lead to 92-80 loss for Beavers
Sunday, January 3, 2016
First half woes lead to 92-80 loss for Beavers

BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team went on a 23-6 run to spark a comeback Sunday afternoon, but the 10-minute stretch was not enough in a 92-80 loss to University of Mary. The Beavers (6-6, 3-5 NSIC) totaled four players in double-figure scoring.

After Mary began the game on an 11-3 run, Bemidji State answered to bring the score within one point. Elijah Valdez converted the first of his three first-half 3-pointers to set the score at 11-10, in favor of the Marauders. The one-point difference was the closest the Beavers came to taking the lead the rest of the way. Two Bemidji State turnovers led to a seven-point run for Mary to gain the game’s momentum.

In total, the Marauders forced 14 Beaver turnovers in the first half, which led to 16 points for Mary. The 30 percent first-half shooting effort for BSU led to a 43-22 lead for Mary with 1:38 left in the half. Valdez led the team in the opening period with 13 points on 4-of-6 shooting and 3-of-5 from long range. Bemidji State finished shooting 30 percent from the field while heading into halftime facing a 45-30 deficit.

The Beavers forced two missed field goals and one turnover one minute into the second half to gain a quick momentum shift. Ben Best scored four points while Pekarek converted his second 3-pointer of the game to bring the Beavers within 10 points, 47-37. The Marauders found another groove shooting the ball while eventually taking a game-high 24-point lead with 11:04 left in the game.

Soon after the 20+ point deficit, Jordan Rhodes slammed home a dunk that sparked a 23-6 run for the Beavers with under five minutes to play. Rhodes totaled seven points during the run while Calvin Harrington recorded eight, both players coming off the bench.

The Beavers finished shooting 40.9 percent (27-66) from the field and 44.4 percent (12-27) from behind the arc. Bemidji State took the rebound margin, 36-29, while grabbing 14 offensive rebounds for 16 second-chance points. Valdez led the team with 16 points while Pekarek recorded 15. Valdez and Harrington with 12 points paced the bench unit that totaled 35 points.

Bemidji State returns home to host University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University Jan. 9-10 at the Sanford 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).