|February 05, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
Southwest Minnesota State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SMSU|
|FG Percentage||.586 (34-58)||.610 (36-59)|
|3P FG Percentage||.400 (8-20)||.500 (9-18)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (15-21)||.640 (16-25)|
Anderson - 20
White - 2
MARSHALL, Minn. (R/A Facility) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team recorded its highest field goal percentage of the season in a 97-91 loss to Southwest Minnesota State University Friday night. Senior guard DJ Anderson and junior forward Will Harvey each scored 20 points for the Beavers (10-11, 7-10 NSIC) despite the team’s first loss when shooting above 50 percent from the field.
Four Beavers totaled at least 10 points, while the Mustangs topped that number with six of their own reaching the same mark. Bemidji State won the second-half field-goal battle, shooting 53.6 percent to 48.1 from Southwest Minnesota State. The Mustangs, though, totaled more rebounds (14) and assists (10) than misses (9) while shooting 71.9 percent from the field during the first half.
Bemidji State held four three-point leads early in the game before Southwest Minnesota State went on a 12-0 to take a 22-13 lead halfway through the first half. SMSU held BSU to three missed field goals and three turnovers that led to the run. The deficit grew to 12 points soon after, which was the difference at halftime, a 56-44 lead for the Mustangs.
Junior center Ben Best, scoring nine points in the first half, opened the second with a quick basket assisted by freshman guard Calvin Harrington. Best returned the favor to Harrington one minute later, while sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes made a layup to help the Beavers open the half three-of-three from the floor and pull within seven points of the Mustangs.
With 10:53 left in the game and trailing 77-67, senior forward Irvin Womack began a pivotal run for the Beavers while converting an and-one opportunity after being fouled sinking a layup. Womack’s score sparked a 9-2 run for BSU, which included forcing two turnovers and three missed field goals by SMSU. Harvey sank his second, and final, 3-pointer of the night to finish the run and set the score at 81-80 in favor of the Mustangs.
A Beavers turnover allowed the Mustangs to take a two-possession lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. Bemidji State was not able to pull closer than two points the remainder of the game, as free throws sealed the win for Southwest Minnesota State.
Anderson tied a career high with 20 points while Harvey reached 20+ points for the second time this season. Best and Rhodes followed with 14 points each, while Best led both teams with eight rebounds. Harrington also reached double-digit scoring with 11 points.
The Beavers finished the game shooting a season-high 58.6 percent (34-58) from the field and 40 percent (8-20) from behind the arc. The Mustangs shot 61 percent (36-59) from the field and sank 50 percent (9-18) from long range. SMSU won the rebound margin, 32-24, the lowest single-game total for BSU.
Bemidji State faces its final NSIC South opponent, University of Sioux Falls, tomorrow with tip off at 6 p.m. The Beavers and Cougars will play for the first and only time during the 2015-16 regular season at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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).