|February 18, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MINOT||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.600 (33-55)||.456 (26-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.467 (7-15)||.167 (3-18)|
|FT Percentage||.929 (13-14)||.737 (14-19)|
Mertens - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Senior forwards Ben Best and Shane White stepped onto the court of BSU Gymnasium for the final time Saturday night for Bemidji State University men's basketball, but Minot State University came away with an 86-69 victory to spoil the occasion. Best and White helped BSU (10-17, 8-14 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) make a second-half comeback against MiSU (14-14, 10-12 NSIC) as the Beavers went a stretch with 11 consecutive shots made in the final period.
After a 14-point deficit at halftime, junior guard Sharif Black helped lead a comeback with 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half. BSU overcame an 18-point deficit and sank 11 consecutive field goals to draw within six points late in the second half.
Efficient defense allowed Bemidji State to take two five-point leads over the first five minutes of the first half, as Minot State went 1-for-5 from the floor during the stretch. Four Beavers scored to give BSU a 9-4 lead but MiSU began to find its stroke from the floor.
Both teams traded the lead midway through the opening period before Minot State ended the half on a 20-4 run. BSU finished the half shooting 2-for-14 from the floor while giving away four turnovers to head into halftime trailing, 38-24.
After a 4-0 run for BSU to begin the second half, MiSU added to its halftime lead with a 13-4 run to take an 18-point, 50-32, lead with 14:25 in the game. Senior forward Ben Best began BSU’s perfect shooting stretch with a second-chance layup. Bemidji State outscored Minot State during the run, 26-14, to pull within six, 64-58, with 7:41 to go.
BSU kept the game within six points over the next three minutes before MiSU went on a 10-0 to pull away for good.
Freshman guard Jai’Vionne Green followed Black in scoring with 11 points. Black also helped create shots with eight assists and added four rebounds. Best and White led BSU in rebounding with seven and five, respectively.
Bemidji State recognized the playing careers of Best and White prior to the game.
Bemidji State will travel to Augustana University Wednesday, Feb. 22 to open the 2017 NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. The Beavers and Vikings are scheduled to tip-off at 8 p.m. in the second matchup in three weeks.
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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).