|November 21, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMC|
|FG Percentage||.377 (26-69)||.500 (30-60)|
|3P FG Percentage||.387 (12-31)||.441 (15-34)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (8-10)||.929 (13-14)|
Cohen - 4
Bader - 2
Wagner - 2
Johnson - 1
Nicolau - 1
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) -- Junior forward Derek Thompson recorded his fifth career double-double Thursday night as the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell in its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opener, 88-72, to University of Minnesota Crookston. The Beavers move to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in the NSIC after shooting 37.7 percent from the field.
The Beavers’ defense held off the high-percentage shooting Golden Eagles through the early minutes of the game while building a 15-9 lead just over five minutes into action. Five Beavers combined to shoot 5-of-10 from the field with two 3-pointers, led by senior guard Ja Morgan. The first three of senior forward Logan Bader’s 12 points came to cap the largest lead for BSU on the night.
Over a two-minute span, Minnesota Crookston went on a 10-0 run on 3-of-4 shooting with two 3-pointers. BSU gave away three turnovers on the run while getting up just one shot attempt. Thompson sank a 3-pointer to bring the Beavers back within one point, 24-23, with 8:45 in the half before the Golden Eagles hit back-to-back 3-pointers followed by a layup and jump shot for another 10-0 run. UMC used the momentum to head into halftime with a 42-33 lead.
Junior guard Jacob Hoffman opened the second half with a 3-pointer, his first basket of the game, although UMC followed with a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 13 points, 49-36. The Beavers were not able to pull within 10 points of the Golden Eagles through the remainder of the game after shooting 37.8 percent from the field compared to 57.7 percent for UMC in the final 20 minutes.
After entering the game shooting above 60 percent from the floor, the Beavers ended the game shooting 37.7 percent from the field and 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. BSU outrebounded UMC, 36-34, but allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 50.0 percent with 15 3-pointers. While Bemidji State scored nine points off nine Minnesota Crookston turnovers, UMC scored 22 points off 13 BSU giveaways.
The Beavers take to the road for the first time this season with its final non-conference games Nov. 29-30. Bemidji State will face University of Tampa at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 29 and Eckerd College at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 as part of the Eckerd College Classic in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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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).