Beavers slip late in 84-77 loss to WInona State

January 29, 20161st2ndFinal
Winona State325284
Bemidji State334477
Stats at a GlanceWSUBSUM
FG Percentage.448 (26-58) .491 (26-53)
3P FG Percentage.500 (9-18) .263 (5-19)
FT Percentage.821 (23-28) .714 (20-28)
Offensive Rebounds87
Defensive Rebounds2428
Total Rebounds3235
Bench Points3733
PointsRiley Bambenek - 17
Isaiah Gray - 17
Jordan Rhodes - 16
ReboundsIsaiah Gray - 5
Kyle Bauman - 5
William Harvey - 9
AssistsRiley Bambenek - 3
DJ Anderson - 7
StealsKyle Bauman - 2
DJ Anderson - 4
BlocksRiley Bambenek - 1
Kyle Bauman - 1
William Harvey - 2
Beavers slip late in 84-77 loss to WInona State
Friday, January 29, 2016
Beavers slip late in 84-77 loss to WInona State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team saw a double-digit lead slip Friday night in an 84-77 loss to Winona State University. The Beavers (9-10, 6-9 NSIC) were outscored by the Warriors (9-10, 8-7 NSIC) 17-7 over the final four minutes of play.

Sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes made the first eight points for the Beavers as the Warriors took a 9-8 lead early in the game. Senior forward Irvin Womack sparked an 18-1 run for the Beavers, eventually taking a 25-10 lead with 7:23 remaining in the half. BSU held WSU scoreless during the run for nearly eight minutes of play. A steal from senior guard DJ Anderson began a fast break score that ended as an alley-oop dunk to junior forward Will Harvey to cap the run.

After both teams traded scores, the Warriors went on a 17-4 run to end the half. WSU held BSU to 2-6 shooting from the field and forced two turnovers that turned into free throw scores. Bemidji State still held the 33-32 lead heading into the locker room. Rhodes and Harvey finished the first half with 10 points each.

The Beavers again took a double-digit lead just under five minutes into the second half as Womack and Rhodes converted back-to-back layups. WSU cut the BSU 48-36 lead down to single digits for the remainder of the game with a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. The shot was the beginning of a 13-3 run for the Warriors to cut the lead back to just two points.

After facing the game’s second tie with just under 10 minutes in the game, the Beavers held on to the lead until the Warriors began their final run for the win with four minutes to go.

Rhodes tied a season and career high at BSU with 16 points while pulling down six rebounds. Bemidji State’s leading rebounder on the season, Harvey, led the team again with nine while scoring 12 points. Womack finished the game with 15 on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.

The Beavers shot 49.1 percent (26-53) from the field and made 26.3 percent (5-19) from behind the arc. The Warriors finished shooting 44.8 percent (26-58) from the field and 50 percent (9-18) from long range. BSU won the battles on the boards, 35-32, and in the paint, 36-22.

Bemidji State closes out a four-game homestand tomorrow as Upper Iowa University enters BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers and Peacocks will tip off at 6 p.m. in an inter-divisional contest.

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).