Beavers duo combine for 49 points in weekend-opening loss

December 07, 20181st2ndFinal
Northern State315384
Bemidji State393473
Stats at a GlanceNSUBSUM
FG Percentage.475 (29-61) .509 (28-55)
3P FG Percentage.321 (9-28) .571 (8-14)
FT Percentage.850 (17-20) .750 (9-12)
Offensive Rebounds133
Defensive Rebounds2521
Total Rebounds3824
Bench Points1013
PointsDecker - 18
Smith - 18
Morgan - 25
ReboundsFries - 12
McNallan - 6
AssistsSmith - 8
Morgan - 5
StealsKing - 2
Thompson - 1
Morgan - 1
Bjorklund - 1
BlocksFries - 3
Thompson - 2
Beavers duo combine for 49 points in weekend-opening loss
Friday, December 7, 2018
Beavers duo combine for 49 points in weekend-opening loss

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The scoring duo of junior guard Ja Morgan and sophomore forward Derek Thompson combined for over half of Bemidji State University’s points Friday night despite falling in its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game, 84-73, to Northern State University.

Morgan led the Beavers (4-2, 1-1 NSIC) with a career-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting and scored the final eight points for BSU. Thompson followed with 24 points, three shy of his career high, on 10-of-20 shooting as the only other Beaver to score in double figures.

Bemidji State held Northern State to 38.7 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, but allowed 56.7 percent from the field to the Wolves in the second. BSU shot over 50.0 percent overall in the second half but allowed NSU to win the rebound battle in the final half, 20-6.

The Beavers jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in the first half and allowed the Wolves to take the lead for just two possessions before halftime. BSU used a 10-0 run near the end of the opening period to extend a 23-22 lead to 33-22 before heading into the locker room with a 39-31 advantage.

Bemidji State opened the second half on an 11-2 run to take a game-high 17-point lead but allowed Northern State to score 10 unanswered points immediately after. Another run, this time of 7-0, brought NSU back to within two points and eventually retook the lead, 64-63, for the first time since early in the first half.

The Wolves ended the game scoring 20 of the final 30 points of the game, while Morgan scored eight of the Beavers’ 10 to finish.

Bemidji State closes out its first full weekend of conference play Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against 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).