Bjorklund scores career-high 20 points despite Dragons comeback win

January 11, 20191st2ndFinal
Bemidji State374178
MSU Moorhead483280
Stats at a GlanceBSUMMSUM
FG Percentage.500 (30-60) .517 (31-60)
3P FG Percentage.476 (10-21) .368 (7-19)
FT Percentage.667 (8-12) .733 (11-15)
Offensive Rebounds77
Defensive Rebounds2425
Total Rebounds3132
Bench Points2035
PointsBjorklund - 20
Park - 23
ReboundsBaumgartner - 6
Thompson - 6
Baumgartner - 6
AssistsMorgan - 6
Irsfeld - 4
StealsBader - 1
Chase - 1
Beeninga - 2
Baumgartner - 2
BlocksBader - 1
Longo - 1
Coad - 1
Baumgartner - 1
Bjorklund scores career-high 20 points despite Dragons comeback win
Friday, January 11, 2019
Bjorklund scores career-high 20 points despite Dragons comeback win

MOORHEAD, Minn. (Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse) -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball second-half dominance comes up short during 80-78 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minn. Freshman guard Max Bjorklund finished with a team-high and career-high 20 points as the Dragons came back to push the Beavers to 4-9 overall and 1-8 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.

Bemidji State fought back from a four-point, 6-2, deficit early in the first half behind the scoring of sophomore forward Derek Thompson, who scored five straight points to give BSU a three-point, 11-8, lead just over four minutes into action. The Dragons retook the lead, although sophomore guard Griffin Chase helped the Beavers regain the lead by a game-high six points, 26-20, halfway through the opening period. MSUM scored 10 of the next 12 points and eventually led by 11 points, 48-37, at halftime.
The Dragons pushed their lead to 15 points, 54-39, although junior forward Logan Bader, Thompson and freshman guard Max Bjorklund brought the Beavers back to within single-digits, 59-50, with 13:38 left in the game. A 14-2 run by BSU following a Bader score put MSUM’s lead at just one point, 68-67, with six minutes to play.

The Beavers never regained the lead but kept the score within two possessions until the end of the game. Bader was able to convert a layup to bring BSU within three points, 80-77, while the Beavers had two possessions to attempt to tie the game. MSUM missed its final two field goal attempts but stopped BSU’s final field goal, a 3-pointer by Thompson, while junior guard Ja Morgan made the first of two free throws to try and set up a game-tying/winning shot by the Beavers. The second shot of the free throw attempts missed and was recovered by MSUM to secure the game.

Bjorklund scored a career-high 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting in 38 minutes played while Chase finished with 12 points off the bench. BSU shot 50.0 percent from the field and 47.6 percent from beyond the arc while MSUM shot 51.7 percent and 36.8 percent from long range through the game.

Bemidji State returns to BSU Gymnasium Jan. 18-19 with a weekend slate versus NSIC South opponents Upper Iowa University and Winona State 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).