|February 22, 2017||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||AUGIE|
|FG Percentage||.466 (27-58)||.353 (24-68)|
|3P FG Percentage||.304 (7-23)||.300 (6-20)|
|FT Percentage||.400 (2-5)||.833 (20-24)|
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sanford Pentagon) -- Entering Wednesday night’s Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference/Sanford Health Tournament First Round, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team needed to play an error-free game while traveling to face Augustana University at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. BSU (10-18, 8-14 NSIC) was able to sink shots but gave away turnovers that allowed AU (22-7, 16-6 NSIC) to escape the opening round with a 75-64 win over the Beavers.
Bemidji State gave away a total of 19 turnovers compared to just eight for Augustana that led to the difference in the game. The Vikings were able to take advantage with 28 points off turnovers, including 17 in the second half when the first true separation began in the game.
The Vikings jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first half and held the lead for the entirety of the game. Despite falling into a 10-point deficit over halfway through the first half, an 18-12 points in the paint difference in favor of the Beavers allowed them to bring the game back to within one.
Freshman guard Jacob McNallan played eight minutes and took three shots in the first half, each falling to help BSU to a 13-4 run. He sank back-to-back 3-pointers and made one layup to finish the opening period with eight points. Two second-chance points by freshman forward Logan Bader and freshman Jai’Vionne Green’s first point of the night cut the BSU deficit to one, 30-29, with three minutes in the half. Augustana converted four free throws to end the half, while neither team sank a field goal, to enter halftime with a 34-29 lead.
After junior guard Sharif Black scored two of his 13 points on the night, the Vikings put up six straight points to nearly take a 10-point margin again. The Beavers battled back again to cut the lead to two points twice, but after senior forward Ben Best’s first 3-pointer of the night to make it a three-point game, the Vikings went on an 18-10 run to end the game.
Bemidji State outshot Augustana in each half and for the game, 46.6 percent to 35.3, and also won the rebound margin, 40-38. The Vikings totaled twice as many offensive rebounds, though, but totaled just four more second-chance points.
Best finished with a team-high 18 points followed by Black. Bader was one point and one rebound shy of a double-double, while his nine rebounds led the team.
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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).