|December 08, 2018||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MSUM-M||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.610 (36-59)||.552 (37-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.600 (12-20)||.538 (14-26)|
|FT Percentage||.889 (16-18)||.692 (9-13)|
Hoffman - 3
Park - 2
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- All five of Bemidji State University men’s basketball’s starters Saturday afternoon reached double-digit scoring despite a 100-97 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers came back from a 15-point deficit to within two points late in the game but couldn’t climb over the Dragons’ hot shooting.
The Dragons shot out to a 7-0 lead 1:17 into the game behind two in-the-paint scores and a 3-pointer. Back-to-back buckets by sophomore forward Derek Thompson cut the deficit to three before MSUM found a groove shooting. After trailing by a game-high 15 points with 7:11 in the first half, the Beavers got hot from the field while shooting 5-for-6 to pull within five points, 39-34.
Bemidji State battled back through the majority of the second half following another 15-point deficit out of the break, 53-38. The Beavers got to within single digits of the Dragons seven minutes into the second period on a 3-pointer from junior guard Jacob McNallan. McNallan knocked down another 3-pointer, assisted by junior guard Ja Morgan, six minutes later to cut that single-digit deficit to three points, 78-75.
Despite another scoring streak that put MSUM ahead by double digits, BSU cut back into the deficit to pull within two points late in the game. Junior forward Logan Bader hit his third and final 3-pointer of the night with 21 seconds in the game, setting MSUM’s lead at 97-95. The Dragons sank free throws for their final nine points, while going 16-for-18 from the line on the night, to hold off the Beavers’ comeback attempt.
Bemidji State shot 55 percent from the field compared to 61 percent for MSU Moorhead, while also going 14-of-26 from beyond the arc. The Beavers and Dragons each gave away 13 turnovers, but MSUM took advantage while scoring 20 points off turnovers compared to 11 for BSU.
Bader led BSU with 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting from the field while he added six rebounds. McNallan followed with 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting with a team-high seven rebounds. Morgan nearly repeated a double-double performance with 14 points and nine assists.
Bemidji State hits the road for the first time in the conference season Dec. 15-16 at Wayne State College and Augustana University.
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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).