First-half defense pushes Beavers over Peacocks, 90-80

January 30, 20161st2ndFinal
Upper Iowa285280
Bemidji State454590
Stats at a GlanceUPPBSUM
FG Percentage.481 (25-52) .433 (26-60)
3P FG Percentage.250 (5-20) .423 (11-26)
FT Percentage.658 (25-38) .794 (27-34)
Offensive Rebounds68
Defensive Rebounds3028
Total Rebounds3636
Bench Points2033
PointsJernell Hughes - 22
Calvin Harrington - 21
ReboundsCarson Parker - 6
Ben Best - 8
AssistsCarson Parker - 2
Jace Hanna - 2
DJ Anderson - 8
StealsJernell Hughes - 2
DJ Anderson - 5
BlocksJimmy Roth - 1
Elliot Kane - 1
Connor Schabel - 1
Mitchell Eighme - 1
Irvin Womack - 1
First-half defense pushes Beavers over Peacocks, 90-80
Saturday, January 30, 2016
First-half defense pushes Beavers over Peacocks, 90-80

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- First-half defense led the Bemidji State University men's basketball team Saturday night during a 90-80 win against Upper Iowa University at the BSU Gymnasium. Freshman Calvin Harrington led the Beavers (10-10, 7-9 NSIC) with a career-high 21 points while the team held the Peacocks (12-13, 8-8 NSIC) to 33.3 percent shooting from the field and 18.2 percent from behind the arc in the first half.

Five different Beavers kicked off scoring for BSU while taking a 12-9 lead just under six minutes into the game. A 10-3 run from that point gave Bemidji State its first double-digit lead of the game, as junior forward Will Harvey converted two of his seven first half points. The Beavers' lead dipped into single digits twice through the rest of the half.

Freshman guard Clay Seifert sank a 3-pointer assisted by senior guard DJ Anderson to give BSU its largest lead of the first half, 42-23. Despite Upper Iowa drawing 13 fouls on Bemidji State through the first half compared to four against UIU, the Beavers entered the halftime break with a 45-28 advantage.

The Beavers quickly put the lead to over 20 points two minutes into the second half. Sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes and junior center Ben Best converted back-to-back 3-pointers while Anderson drove a steal down the court for the layup attempt. Sophomore guard Christian Pekarek followed the shot with an offensive rebound for the put back score to take a 53-30 lead.

The lead went below the 20-point marker for the majority of the second half, as the Peacocks battled back. Bemidji State totaled 16 fouls in the second half to send Upper Iowa to the free throw line 23 times. A full court press forced the Beavers to commit multiple turnovers and led the Peacocks to a single-digit deficit with 3:15 left in the game. Harrington and Anderson followed with a layup and a free throw, respectively, to put the lead above 10 for the remainder of the game.

Harrington added seven rebounds to his team-high scoring, while Best led the game with eight. Senior forward Irvin Womack finished second in scoring with 16 and recorded four assists and four rebounds. Anderson totaled eight assists against UIU, his fourth straight game with at least six.

The Beavers finished shooting 43.3 percent (26-60) from the field and 42.3 percent (11-26) from behind the arc. BSU held UIU to 25 percent (5-20) from behind the arc and outscored the Peacocks in bench points, 33-20.

Bemidji State hits the road again next weekend as Southwest Minnesota State University and University of Sioux Falls plays host in interdivisional matchups. The Beavers will face the Mustangs and the Cougars for their only meetings of the regular season Feb. 5-6.

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).