Three-point and bench scoring leads Beavers to 78-67 win over Marauders

January 21, 20171st2ndFinal
Bemidji State294978
University of Mary293867
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMARY
FG Percentage.439 (25-57) .424 (25-59)
3P FG Percentage.391 (9-23) .313 (5-16)
FT Percentage.826 (19-23) .667 (12-18)
Offensive Rebounds56
Defensive Rebounds3130
Total Rebounds3636
Bench Points3219
PointsBlack - 18
Jefferson - 20
ReboundsBest - 7
Suggs - 9
Jefferson - 9
AssistsBlack - 4
Pekarek - 4
Thomas - 3
StealsGreen - 1
Pekarek - 1
Henry - 3
BlocksWhite - 1
Suggs - 2
Three-point and bench scoring leads Beavers to 78-67 win over Marauders
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Three-point and bench scoring leads Beavers to 78-67 win over Marauders

BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- Bench scoring and 3-point shooting helped create the difference for Bemidji State University men’s basketball during a 78-67 win Saturday night at University of Mary at the McDowell Activity Center. The Beavers (7-12, 5-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) converted four more 3-pointers than the Marauders (8-12, 6-8 NSIC) to help seal a weekend road split.

BSU finished the night outscoring U-Mary from beyond the arc, 9-for-23 compared to 5-for-16 for the Marauders. The Beavers’ bench put in 32 points compared to 19 for the Marauders.

Junior guard Sharif Black, who scored a team-high 18 points on the night, began scoring for BSU with a 3-pointer to take a quick 3-0 lead. U-Mary followed with a 12-3 run while holding BSU to 1-for-13 shooting from the field during the five-minute stretch. Freshmen Jacob McNallan and Lucas Wendt helped tie the game at 12 before junior guard Christian Pekarek gave BSU its first lead, 19-18, since the first basket of the game with his first 3-pointer and field goal of the game.

Both teams stayed within one basket of each other until 3:24 remaining in the first half when Pekarek made his second 3-pointer for a 29-25 lead. U-Mary converted a layup and two free throws before halftime to tie the game at 29-29.

Black was fouled on a 3-pointer to open the second half, as he sank all three free throw attempts, that started a quick 5-0 run for the Beavers. After two baskets by U-Mary within the next minute, both teams again stayed within one score of each other until senior forward Shane White scored two of his 11 points off the bench for a 38-34 lead. U-Mary took its first lead since four minutes left in the first half with an 11-5 run.

Bemidji State capitalized on a layup by Black, a missed 3-pointer by U-Mary and freshman guard Peyton Dibble’s first 3-pointer of the night to take the final lead of the night with 13:24 in the game.

Black scored his 12th and 13th points of the night to give BSU its first double-digit lead of the night, 71-61, and finished the game scoring seven of the Beavers’ final nine points of the game.

Pekarek followed Black in scoring with 12 points on four-for-seven from the field and two-for-two from beyond the arc. Senior forward Ben Best helped BSU keep pace with U-Mary on the boards with a team-high seven rebounds while Black followed with six.

U-Mary forward Bryan Jefferson led all scorers with 20 points as three Marauders finished with double-digit scoring. Bemidji State outshot U-Mary from the field, 43.9 percent to 42.4.

Bemidji State hosts Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato Jan. 27-28 in its next weekend of action. The Beavers begin play Friday at 8 p.m. against the Golden Bears while closing the weekend against NSIC South opponents Saturday at 6 p.m. against the Mavericks.

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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).