Beavers take second straight one-point win in 75-74 overtime decision

January 15, 20161st2nd1OT Final
Bemidji State3432975
Minnesota State3432874
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMSU
FG Percentage.455 (30-66) .417 (25-60)
3P FG Percentage.227 (5-22) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.714 (10-14) .633 (19-30)
Offensive Rebounds1114
Defensive Rebounds2827
Total Rebounds3941
Bench Points1613
PointsHarrington - 19
Pendleton - 19
ReboundsRhodes - 9
Okafor - 9
AssistsBest - 3
Anderson - 3
Pendleton - 5
StealsAnderson - 3
Witthus - 2
Pendleton - 2
BlocksRhodes - 1
Okafor - 3
Beavers take second straight one-point win in 75-74 overtime decision
Friday, January 15, 2016
Beavers take second straight one-point win in 75-74 overtime decision

MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- True freshman Calvin Harrington proved the difference late while scoring a career-high 19 points and the game-winning layup in a 75-74 overtime win at Minnesota State University Mankato. Harrington also converted two free throws to force overtime for the Beavers (8-6, 5-5 NSIC) while handing the Mavericks (11-5, 6-4 NSIC) their second home loss of the season.

Ben Best scored the first five points for the Beavers, going on to finish the half with nine for the junior forward. Minnesota State scored five of the next seven total points as Shane White put up the two points for Bemidji State in his first start of the season. The Beavers brought the lead to five points again, 10-5, with 16:45 left in the half off a shot from behind the arc from DJ Anderson. The Mavericks forced two turnovers to take the lead for the first time in the game two minutes later.

Both teams stayed within two points while Bemidji State regained the lead, 24-22. After a 26-24 lead by BSU, MSU grabbed seven rebounds, three offensive, to take the lead until five minutes left in the game. Bemidji State and Minnesota State again traded scores to stay within two points throughout the remainder of the half. Harrington scored six of the Beavers’ final eight points while heading into the locker room at a 34-34 tie.

After the Mavericks went on an 8-0 run to open the second half, the Beavers pulled to within two points with 8:27 left in the first half. Jordan Rhodes sank his only 3-pointer of the night while Anderson followed with a shot from downtown of his own to bring BSU within one. Two minutes later, Best converted a layup to give the Beavers’ their first lead since eight minutes to go in the first half. The game remained within two points through the rest of regulation as Harrington sank two free throws to tie the game with 17 seconds to go and force overtime.

Anderson began scoring in overtime to give BSU a quick lead, while one free throw by MSU created the separation needed to decide the game. The Mavericks made three of four free throw attempts to take a 74-71 lead with 36 seconds remaining. Rhodes converted two free throw attempts while BSU fouled to force MSU to the free throw line. The Mavericks missed the two attempts to give the Beavers a final chance to take the win. After Harrington grabbed the defensive rebound off the second missed free throw, BSU ran the clock down until Harrington drove in to score the game-winning layup with five seconds left in the game.

The Beavers finished shooting 45.5 percent (30-66) from the floor and 22.7 percent (5-22) from behind the arc. The Mavericks shot 41.7 percent (25-60) from the field and 63.3 percent (19-30) from the free throw line. Bemidji State led the rebound margin, 41-39, while Minnesota State won the second-chance point differential, 16-9.

Anderson followed Harrington’s career night with 18 points while Best and Rhodes also reached double-digits with 15 and 14, respectively. Rhodes led the way with nine rebounds while Harrington totaled eight.

Bemidji State finishes its NSIC South road trip at Concordia University-St. Paul at the Gangelhoff Center. The Beavers and Golden Bears tip off at 6 p.m. with sights on their third consecutive win.

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).