Late dunk seals Bemidji State's 70-69 win over St. Cloud State

January 10, 20161st2ndFinal
St. Cloud State313869
Bemidji State343670
Stats at a GlanceSCSUBSUM
FG Percentage.409 (27-66) .397 (23-58)
3P FG Percentage.417 (10-24) .360 (9-25)
FT Percentage.714 (5-7) .882 (15-17)
Offensive Rebounds1011
Defensive Rebounds2531
Total Rebounds3542
Bench Points1514
PointsStone - 28
Best - 24
ReboundsDavis - 9
Harrington - 7
TEAM - 7
AssistsDavis - 5
Hall - 5
Anderson - 5
StealsAverkamp - 2
Harvey - 1
Anderson - 1
BlocksDavis - 1
Hall - 1
Harvey - 1
Anderson - 1
Harrington - 1
Late dunk seals Bemidji State's 70-69 win over St. Cloud State
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Late dunk seals Bemidji State's 70-69 win over St. Cloud State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (Sanford Center) -- Junior William Harvey drove down the court following a defensive rebound to slam home a dunk and seal a 70-69 win Sunday for Bemidji State University men's basketball over St. Cloud State University. Harvey finished with eight points while junior Ben Best led the Beavers (7-6, 4-5 NSIC) with 24 against the Huskies (6-9, 3-6 NSIC).

Senior Irvin Womack began the game with a 3-pointer 30 seconds into the game, taking a 3-2 lead. St. Cloud State grabbed the lead back in the fast paced game, pulling away by four points. Best sparked a 7-0 run for the Beavers, all scored by the forward from Drummond, Wis. The lead was extended to a game-high nine points, 23-14, five minutes later as DJ Anderson and Womack converted their final 3-pointers in the game. The Huskies pulled to within one point once over the final eight minutes of the half before a 34-31 lead for the Beavers going into the locker rooms.

St. Cloud State gained the lead with a 5-0 run out of the break, which led to a second half of tie scores. The Beavers and Huskies faced a tie-game seven times over the first 12 minutes of the final period, before SCSU pulled to a six-point, 61-55, lead with five minutes to go. Bemidji State received a spark from freshman Calvin Harrington, knocking down two 3-pointers late in the game to set up Harvey's go-ahead score.

Harrington’s shots from behind the arc brought the Beavers within one point of the Huskies, while Scottie Stone answered each with a 3-pointer of his own to push the SCSU lead back to four points. Best converted an and-one opportunity to again bring the Beavers within one with 40 seconds to go, before Stone shot and missed another long-range attempt. Anderson grabbed the defensive rebound to push up the court to Harvey, who continued to the basket with the slam dunk to take the lead. Stone, with 28 points and seven seconds to go, took the final shot of the game from the top right of the arc, which fell short.

Harrington followed Best in scoring with 13 points while adding a game-high seven rebounds. Anderson and Harvey with eight points followed the duo of double-digit scorers. Anderson grabbed six rebounds while adding five assists, one block and one steal.

The Beavers shot 39.7 percent (23-58) from the field and 36 percent (9-25) from behind the arc while the Huskies shot 40.9 percent (27-66) from the floor and 41.7 percent (10-24) from 3-point range. Bemidji State outrebounded St. Cloud State, 42-35, while also leading in points in the paint, 26-22.

Bemidji State travels next week to face Minnesota State University, Mankato Friday, Jan. 15 and Concordia University-St. Paul Saturday, Jan. 16.

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).