Panthers drop Beavers in season-opening exhibition, 71-48

October 28, 20161st2ndFinal
Bemidji State232548
Stats at a GlanceBSUMUNI
FG Percentage.333 (19-57) .475 (29-61)
3P FG Percentage.200 (4-20) .308 (4-13)
FT Percentage.600 (6-10) .643 (9-14)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds2730
Total Rebounds3739
Bench Points2230
PointsBen Best - 10
McCloud - 10
Morgan - 10
Haldeman - 10
Lohaus - 10
ReboundsBen Best - 5
Koch - 9
AssistsShane White - 3
Morgan - 3
StealsShane White - 2
Carlson - 2
Panthers drop Beavers in season-opening exhibition, 71-48
Friday, October 28, 2016
Panthers drop Beavers in season-opening exhibition, 71-48
Michael Dunlop

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (McLeod Center) -- Senior forward Ben Best led the charge of the young Bemidji State University men’s basketball program versus University of Northern Iowa Friday night, as the Beavers fell in the season-opening exhibition, 71-48. Best finished with a team-high 10 points and five rebounds while the squad got in its first action of the 2016-17 season from the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

Bemidji State jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the game behind four of Best's points and baskets from newcomers Peyton Dibble and Jai'Vionne Green. The Beavers held their last lead at 13-11 with just over 11 minutes to go in the first half. Green finished his first game as a Beaver with eight points, six coming from behind the arc.

The Panthers controlled the ball following the Beavers’ final lead to pull ahead to a 22-13 lead, capping a 9-0 run, at the 6:15 mark in the first half. After holding UNI to 13 points in the first 10 minutes of the game, BSU allowed 25 in the final 10 to fall to a 38-23 lead heading into halftime. The Panthers grabbed their largest lead of 24, 53-29, with 12 minutes remaining of action.

UNI produced 12 assists during the game compared to eight for BSU. Bemidji State held a 20-19 rebound advantage in the first half and outrebounded Northern Iowa on the offensive side 10-9 throughout the game.

Following Best's 10 points was Green with eight and freshman Sharif Black with seven. Senior forward Shane White, junior guard Christian Pekarek and freshman forward Logan Bader tallied four boards while White led BSU with three assists.

Bemidji State plays its final exhibition game of the season Thursday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. against University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

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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).