|February 06, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||USF|
|FG Percentage||.392 (20-51)||.585 (31-53)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.481 (13-27)|
|FT Percentage||.762 (16-21)||.682 (15-22)|
Rhodes - 5
Harrington - 5
Anderson - 2
Pekarek - 2
Wessels - 2
Sioux Falls, S.D. (Stewart Center) -- The second half opening sequence decided Saturday night’s game in Sioux Falls, S.D. as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell, 90-62, to University of Sioux Falls. Sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes led the Beavers (10-12, 7-11 NSIC) with a career-high 17 points against the Cougars (14-10, 9-9 NSIC).
Freshman guard Calvin Harrington opened the game with a 3-pointer to get the Beavers on the board, while the Cougars followed a minute later with a shot from long range of their own. Both teams traded scores until BSU pulled away for an 11-5 lead with 14:16 to go in the half. The Cougars began to shut down the Beavers over the next five minutes, going on a 15-3 run to gain the lead. Bemidji State went one-of-six from the field and gave away two turnovers during the stretch to trail, 20-14.
Bemidji State found its offense right after losing the lead while going three-of-three during an 8-0 run. Junior forward Will Harvey gave the Beavers a 22-20 lead before each team committed turnovers and sank 3-pointers to tie the game at 25 with under five minutes in the half. The Cougars pulled away to a five-point lead, 32-27, just over two minutes later, while sophomore guard Christian Pekarek helped tie the game again with a layup and an assist on a 3-pointer to sophomore forward Jordan Rhodes. Free throws brought the halftime score to 35-34, in favor of Sioux Falls.
Sioux Falls opened the second half on a 17-0 run, taking a 52-34 lead, spanning over five minutes. Harvey forced a steal and put home a fast break slam-dunk to snap the scoring drought with 14:34 to go in the game. The Cougars continued to pull away, though, eventually taking a game-high 30-point lead, 90-60, with less than one minute remaining. USF outrebounded BSU, 20-10, in the second half.
Harvey followed Rhodes in scoring with 12 points, as the two were the only Beavers in double-digits. Harvey, Rhodes and Harrington each led BSU with five rebounds. Two Cougars reached 20+ points against the Beavers.
BSU finished shooting 39.2 percent (20-51) from the field and 35.3 percent (6-17) from long range, while totaling 25 rebounds. USF recorded 58.5 percent (31-53) from the floor and 48.1 percent (13-27) from behind the arc, while totaling 35 boards.
Bemidji State closes out its 2015-16 home schedule next weekend while hosting Minot State University and University of Mary, Feb. 12-13. BSU will tipoff at 8 p.m. Friday against MSU and 6 p.m. Saturday against U-Mary at the BSU Gymnasium while celebrating Senior Day.
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).