|February 19, 2016||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSUM-M|
|FG Percentage||.369 (24-65)||.521 (38-73)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (6-24)||.323 (10-31)|
|FT Percentage||.357 (5-14)||.778 (7-9)|
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) -- Senior forward Irvin Womack needed one half Friday night to set a career high for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team against No. 10 Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn. The Beavers (10-15, 7-14 NSIC) held a lead seconds before heading to halftime but slipped in the second half to fall, 93-59, to the Dragons (26-4, 18-3 NSIC).
Womack began his memorable night immediately, scoring the first three baskets for the Beavers. Both teams traded scores to open the game before the Dragons went on a 7-2 run to take an 18-12 lead with 12:45 in the first half. Guard Calvin Harrington answered MSUM’s run by banking in a 3-pointer, his only field goal of the first half. Womack continued his shooting night hitting a shot from downtown and was followed by center Ben Best sinking a long range shot as well to bring BSU within three points, 25-22. Womack took advantage of an MSUM foul, converting an and-one opportunity, before guard DJ Anderson scored a layup off a MSUM turnover. The fastbreak basket brought the Beavers within one point, 28-27, with just under eight minutes to play.
The Dragons held off the Beavers from taking the lead and went on a 5-0 run. Womack again brought the Beavers within one point while sinking back-to-back 3-pointers with under two minutes in the period. Forward Jordan Rhodes, with an opportunity to take the lead, made one of two free throws to ultimately tie the game at 42. With just seconds to go in the first half, Womack added his final points of the half off an offensive rebound to take a 44-43 lead over the Dragons. MSUM’s Tyler Vaughan made his way to the 3-point line, though, to sink a basket from downtown at the buzzer to regain the lead going into halftime, 46-44.
Womack crushed his previous career high scoring mark in a game during the first half alone Friday night. He had previously scored 17 points at Minot State University Jan. 2 for his career high. The Phoenix, Ariz., native totaled 22 points in the first half against the Dragons.
The second half was a completely different game than the first, as MSUM opened the period on a 19-0 run through the first seven minutes of play. The Beavers missed 10 field goals and committed four turnovers during the span as the Dragons eventually pulled away to the game-high lead with the final score.
Bemidji State shot 36.9 percent (24-65) from the field and 25.0 percent (6-24) from behind the arc. The Dragons finished 52.1 percent (38-73) from the floor and 32.3 percent (10-31) from downtown. BSU lost the rebound margin, 41-40, while also allowing more second chance points to MSUM, 18-13.
Womack finished the game with 26 points, shooting 10-of-20 from the field, and seven rebounds while adding two assists and one steal. Forwards Will Harvey and Rhodes followed Womack in scoring with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Anderson led the team with eight rebounds and seven assists while chipping in two steals.
Bemidji State closes out the 2015-16 regular season tomorrow with a trip to Northern State University. The Beavers and Wolves tip off at 6 p.m. at Wachs Arena.
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).