|February 27, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.423 (22-52)||.313 (20-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.368 (7-19)||.172 (5-29)|
|FT Percentage||.833 (15-18)||.647 (11-17)|
Landwehr - 1
Asche - 2
MANKATO, Minn. (Taylor Center) -- The No. 8 seed Bemidji State University men’s basketball program extended its season Wednesday night with a 66-56 upset over No. 1 seed Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minn. After the two-minute mark in the first half, the Beavers did not trail while advancing to the second round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for the first time since the 2012-13 season.
After trailing by one point, 6-5, nearly two minutes into the game, the Beavers went on a 9-2 run to hold the lead for the majority of the game. Sophomore guard Jacob Hoffman and junior forward Logan Bader hit back-to-back 3-pointers while sophomore forward Derek Thompson answered a MSU jump shot with a 3-pointer of his own to go ahead, 14-8.
With 5:37 to go in the first half, the Mavericks tied the game at 24 before the Beavers’ defense became strong to end the half. BSU held MSU to 1-for-8 shooting from the field to end the half with a 39-26 lead. Although Bemidji State shot just 26.9 percent (7-26) in the second half, its defense continued to hold strong while only allowing Minnesota State to reach within six points for the remainder of the game. BSU held MSU to 29.4 percent (10-34) shooting from the field during the second half and outrebounded the Mavericks in the period, 25-19.
Through the game, Bemidji State shot 42.3 percent (22-52) from the floor and 26.8 percent (7-19) from beyond the arc while holding Minnesota State to 31.3 percent (20-64) overall and 17.2 percent (5-29) from long range. BSU won the overall rebound margin, 46-31, and sank 15-of-18 free throws.
Junior guard Ja Morgan led BSU with 22 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 from 3-point range while adding seven rebounds, seven assists, and one steal. Freshman forward Cody Landwehr recorded his third straight double-double and fourth in his last five games with 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Wednesday’s victory was BSU’s first in the NSIC Tournament since head coach Mike Boschee took over the program in 2012-13. Bemidji State took down Wayne State College, No. 21 Winona State University, and Upper Iowa University, to advance to the NSIC Championship to face Minnesota State.
Bemidji State continues its season Sunday, March 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Sioux Falls, S.D., against Southwest Minnesota State University. The winner of Sunday’s quarterfinal game at the Sanford Health Pentagon will advance to the semifinal round Monday, March 4 with the championship being held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.
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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).