|January 18, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UIU||BSUM|
|FG Percentage||.523 (34-65)||.478 (33-69)|
|3P FG Percentage||.652 (15-23)||.417 (15-36)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.800 (12-15)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The BSU Gymnasium was raining 3-pointers Friday night as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball program came back from a double-digit deficit in a 93-90 win over Upper Iowa University. The Beavers and Peacocks combined for 30 3-pointers while junior guard Ja Morgan and sophomore forward Derek Thompson each recorded double-doubles for BSU.
The barrage of 3-pointers began with the first field goal of the night as UIU jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. Bemidji State kept pace before pulling away for its largest lead of the night, 16-9, following a 3-pointer from junior forward Logan Bader at the 14:14 mark. The Peacocks answered with three consecutive 3-pointers to regain the lead, although sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman made his first 3-pointer of the night to give BSU momentum heading into halftime with a 38-37 lead.
The Beavers pushed the lead to six points out of the break, 45-39, on the second of Thompson’s four 3-pointers. The Peacocks used a run of 9-1 to take the lead back for the first time since late in the first half and a run of 11-0 to push their lead to a game-high 12 points, 72-60. UIU converted its first seven 3-point attempts in the second half before going cold from beyond the arc.
Hoffman made his second of five 3-pointers to break BSU’s cold slump, while the Beavers defense held the Peacocks to 1-of-5 from long range over the final 10 minutes of action. Three more 3s helped Bemidji State to an 11-4 run to bring the deficit back to four points, 78-74, with 7:21 remaining in the game. The Beavers caught fire from beyond the arc, scoring five straight from long range, to give the lead back to the home squad, 86-84. UIU missed a pair of free throws to make the score a one-point game while BSU went 3-of-4 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the game.
Thompson led all BSU scorers with 26 points, one point shy of his career high, and 11 rebounds to finish with his fourth double-double of the season. Morgan tallied 12 points with a career-high 11 assists for his second double-double of the season. Hoffman ended the game with 21 points off the bench, while freshman guard Max Bjorklund scored 16 total and 11 in the first half.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 41.7 percent from 3-point range and 80 percent from the free throw line, while Upper Iowa shot 52.3 percent from the floor, 65.2 percent from long range and 63.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Beavers gave away a season-low nine turnovers and took advantage of 10 offensive rebounds for 15 second-chance points.
Bemidji State wraps up its weekend of interdivisional play Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against 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).