Early lead slips as Bemidji State trips up at Northern State

January 12, 20191st2ndFinal
Bemidji State332053
Northern State403373
Stats at a GlanceBSUMNSU
FG Percentage.375 (21-56) .463 (25-54)
3P FG Percentage.278 (5-18) .385 (5-13)
FT Percentage.545 (6-11) .857 (18-21)
Offensive Rebounds1110
Defensive Rebounds2127
Total Rebounds3237
Bench Points3536
PointsThompson - 18
Smith - 23
ReboundsMorgan - 7
Bader - 7
Fox - 8
AssistsMorgan - 6
Kallman - 3
StealsThompson - 1
Morgan - 1
Chase - 1
Anderson - 1
Kallman - 2
BlocksBader - 2
Fox - 2
Early lead slips as Bemidji State trips up at Northern State
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Early lead slips as Bemidji State trips up at Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) -- An early second-half run negated an early lead by the Bemidji State University men’s basketball program Saturday afternoon as Northern State University won the final regular-season meeting between the two programs, 73-53. Sophomore forward Derek Thompson scored 18 points in 18 minutes to lead the Beavers, who fall to 4-10 overall and 1-9 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Bemidji State took the upper hand early in the game while the defense held Northern State to 4-for-12 shooting from the field through the first seven minutes of play. Thompson scored eight points for BSU to give it its largest lead of the game, 16-10. The Wolves found gaps in the Beavers defense through the remainder of the half, nearly doubling BSU’s points during that span. Three Beavers scored four points each over the final 13:22 of the first half as the team faced a 40-33 deficit at the halftime break.

Thompson and freshman guard Max Bjorklund scored the first five points of the second half to bring BSU within two points, 40-38, before a cold spell hit the squad. The Wolves went on a 17-0 run over a five-minute span, holding the Beavers to 0-for-8 shooting from the field with three turnovers. Northern State eventually pushed its lead to a game-high 22 points late in the game before winning by 20.

Thompson led the team with 18 points in 18 minutes played, shooting 7-for-9 from the field and 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Sophomore forward Zach Baumgartner followed with eight points. Bemidji State shot 37.5 percent from the field, 27.8 percent from long range and 54.5 percent from the free throw line. NSU was able to capitalize on BSU’s mistakes with 15 points off 12 Beavers turnovers.

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).