|December 01, 2018||1st||2nd||1OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMCMBB||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.472 (34-72)||.479 (34-71)|
|3P FG Percentage||.481 (13-27)||.393 (11-28)|
|FT Percentage||.778 (14-18)||.708 (17-24)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Two double-double performances from junior guard Ja Morgan and sophomore forward Derek Thompson helped Bemidji State University outlast University of Minnesota Crookston in overtime Saturday afternoon, 96-95. Five Beavers scored in double figures as the team overcame a five-point deficit with 30 seconds in regulation.
With under three minutes to play in regulation, Minnesota Crookston went on a 7-0 run to take the lead from Bemidji State, 80-75. Junior guard Logan Longo sank a 3-pointerwith 28 seconds to go to snap the UMC streak, while junior guard Jacob McNallan was put on the free throw line for two shots following a Golden Eagles foul on the same play. McNallan sank both free throws to tie the game, 80-80. On the defensive end, Longo forced a charge against UMC to preserve the tie and force overtime.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston traded scores over the first half of overtime until junior forward Logan Bader sank a 3-pointer to start a 6-0 run. Junior guard Ja Morgan added a layup with an and-one conversion for BSU’s final lead. The Bemidji State defense held Minnesota Crookston to 2-for-5 shooting over the final minutes to preserve the overtime win.
Four of BSU’s five starters scored at least 14 points, led by Bader with 21 points. Morgan finished with 16 points while Longo scored 15 off the bench. Morgan added 10 assists for his first career double-double while sophomore forward Derek Thompson also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Bemidji State shot 47.9 percent (34-71) from the field, 39.3 percent (11-28) from 3-point range and 70.8 percent (17-24) from the charity stripe. The Beavers won the rebound margin, 43-36, and scored 15 second chance points.
Bemidji State continues NSIC play Dec. 7-8 at BSU Gymnasium against Northern State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead.
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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).