Duo of 20-point scorers lead Men’s Basketball to 76-73 win over Cougars

February 01, 20191st2ndFinal
Bemidji State423476
Sioux Falls324173
Stats at a GlanceBSUMUSF
FG Percentage.480 (24-50) .418 (23-55)
3P FG Percentage.367 (11-30) .294 (5-17)
FT Percentage.850 (17-20) .759 (22-29)
Offensive Rebounds36
Defensive Rebounds3123
Total Rebounds3429
Bench Points1919
PointsThompson - 24
Guebert - 22
ReboundsThompson - 7
Guebert - 6
AssistsMorgan - 9
Grinde - 4
StealsMorgan - 3
Evans - 2
Guebert - 2
BlocksBaumgartner - 1
Thompson - 1
Bader - 1
Taylor - 1
Grinde - 1
Guebert - 1
Duo of 20-point scorers lead Men’s Basketball to 76-73 win over Cougars
Friday, February 1, 2019
Duo of 20-point scorers lead Men’s Basketball to 76-73 win over Cougars

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Stewart Center) -- A combination of scoring from junior guard Ja Morgan and sophomore forward Derek Thompson helped the Bemidji State University men’s basketball program to a 76-73 win over University of Sioux Falls Friday night. Morgan and Thompson combined for 45 points to push the Beavers to a 7-12 record overall and a 4-11 mark in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Morgan helped BSU dig out of an early deficit with six of the team’s first nine points, giving the Beavers a 9-8 lead just over six minutes into play. He helped spark an 18-9 run for the Beavers to push the lead to 23-17, capped by the second 3-pointer of the first half by Thompson. Thompson added another two 3-pointers before halftime, going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half, to help BSU to a 42-32 lead at halftime.

Bemidji State doubled up Sioux Falls in scoring over the first eight minutes of the second half, 13-6, to go ahead by a game-high 17 points, 55-38. The Cougars followed with two and-one conversions to close in on a single-digit deficit, but the Beavers were able to answer every opposing score to keep their lead above double-digits.

Sioux Falls pulled within one possession of Bemidji State, 64-61, following a 10-0 run over a span of 2:23. The run continued to 12-0 as the Beavers led by just one point, 64-63, with just over two minutes in the game. Thompson hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to put himself above 20 points for the seventh game this season and give BSU a two-possession lead, although USF answered with a 3-pointer of its own. The Beavers converted 7-of-8 free throws over the final 48 seconds to preserve the win.

Thompson led BSU with 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting from the field followed by Morgan with 21 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Morgan also led the way with nine assists while Thompson paced the Beavers with seven rebounds.

As a team, Bemidji State shot 48.0 percent from the field, 36.7 percent from long range and 85.0 percent from the free throw line. Sioux Falls converted 41.8 percent of shots from the field and 29.4 percent from 3-point range.

Bemidji State and Southwest Minnesota State University close out the weekend of interdivisional games at 6 p.m. Saturday from R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn.

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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).