|January 25, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MINOT|
|FG Percentage||.618 (34-55)||.524 (33-63)|
|3P FG Percentage||.524 (11-21)||.667 (10-15)|
|FT Percentage||.933 (14-15)||.545 (6-11)|
MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- Sophomore forward Derek Thompson’s career night scoring helped lead the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 93-82 road win at Minot State University Friday night. Thompson finished with a career-high 28 points as the Beavers improve to 6-11 overall and 3-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State began to pull away in the first half as sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman sparked an 8-0 run with two of his four first-half 3-pointers. Junior guard Ja Morgan capped off the run with his first score of the game, a layup to push BSU’s lead to 17-9. Morgan scored another two baskets to give BSU its first double-digit lead of the game, 26-16 and followed with another layup for the Beavers’ largest lead of the first half, 37-24, with 3:31 in the half.
Thompson scored the first five points of the second half and put in his 15th and 16th points of the night off an assist from freshman guard Max Bjorklund, giving BSU a game-high 14-point advantage, 56-42. Minot State cut into Bemidji State’s lead while going 9-for-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. The Beavers saw their lead go down to just two points, 77-75, with 4:39 in the game.
The BSU defense stepped up by holding Minot State to 0-for-5 from the field over the next three minutes to catapult the team to an 85-75 lead. Bemidji State finished the game on a 16-7 run to finish with its largest win in conference play since Feb. 2, 2018.
Thompson led the way offensively for Bemidji State with a career-high 28 points and added seven rebounds, while Hoffman and Morgan finished with 16 points each. Morgan added eight assists on the night while the team recorded just 10 turnovers, its second fewest in a single game this season.
As a team, Bemidji State shot 61.8 percent from the field, its second-best shooting performance of the season while hitting 34-of-55 shots from the floor. The Beavers added 11-of-21 shots from 3-point range and 14-of-15 from the free throw line. In addition to its success from the arc, BSU also outscored MiSU in the paint, 42-32.
Bemidji State concludes the road trip to North Dakota Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against University of Mary.
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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).