|March 03, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
Southwest Minnesota State
|Stats at a Glance||BSUM||SMSU|
|FG Percentage||.418 (23-55)||.519 (27-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.381 (8-21)||.438 (7-16)|
|FT Percentage||.615 (8-13)||.824 (14-17)|
Morgan - 1
Chase - 1
Thompson - 1
Kramer - 1
Bartlett - 1
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Sanford Pentagon) -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball was taken out of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament Sunday night following a 75-62 loss to Southwest Minnesota State University at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. Junior guard Ja Morgan led the Beavers, who end their season with a 10-18 record overall, with 23 points on 10-of-17 shooting and six rebounds.
Morgan opened the game with a 3-pointer while four different student-athletes scored the first nine points for the Beavers. Morgan put in his second and third baskets of the game nearly 12 minutes into play to put BSU ahead, 17-13, while the defense held SMSU to 0-for-5 shooting from the field during a five-minute stretch. Following two free throws from junior guard Jacob McNallan, SMSU went on a 14-2 run, going 6-of-6 from the floor to build a 27-21 lead.
The Mustangs capped its run with a breakaway dunk that was followed by a three-point play by Beaver freshman forward Cody Landwehr off of an offensive rebound. Morgan hit a jumper in the lane on BSU’s next possession to bring the deficit down to one point, 27-26. Morgan again added a layup to keep the game at a one-point difference just before halftime, but SMSU was granted three free throws on a foul to set the halftime score at 32-28 in favor of the Mustangs.
The Beavers’ first two field goals of the second half kept the squad within two points of the Mustangs, but Ryan Bruggeman scored eight straight points for SMSU followed by a 3-pointer that extended its lead to 11, 45-34. Morgan added five unanswered points for BSU to cut the deficit to six while junior forward Logan Bader hit his second 3-pointer of the night with 5:13 left in the game to cut it to five. Over the final five minutes, though, SMSU went 2-of-4 from the floor and 9-of-10 from the free throw line compared to 4-of-9 overall for BSU to seal the game.
Following Morgan in the scoring column was Bader with 10 points and five rebounds. Morgan finished three assists shy of tying BSU’s all-time single-season record, ending the season with 180 assists. SMSU’s Bruggeman ended his game with a game-high 38 points on 14-of-23 shooting from the field and 9-of-9 from the free throw line.
Bemidji State ended the game shooting 41.8 percent (23-55) from the field, 38.1 percent (8-21) from beyond the arc and 61.5 percent (8-13) from the charity stripe. The Beavers gave away 13 turnovers that led to 18 points for the Mustangs while SMSU also totaled 19 fast-break points.
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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).