|December 06, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||NSU|
|FG Percentage||.492 (29-59)||.529 (27-51)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (13-26)||.500 (8-16)|
|FT Percentage||.500 (2-4)||.633 (19-30)|
ABERDEEN, S.D. (Wachs Arena) – Senior guard Ja Morgan led a second-half comeback for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team Friday night that fell just short in an 81-73 loss at Northern State University. Morgan scored 16 points in the second half, including back-to-back 3-pointers to bring the Beavers to within two points with less than one minute to play, as the team falls to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Seniors Logan Bader and Morgan kick-started BSU’s night with back-to-back baskets to begin the game. The 4-0 advantage would be the only lead of the first half for BSU as NSU followed with 13 straight points. After starting the game 2-of-2 from the field, BSU went on a cold streak while missing its next four field-goal attempts and giving away three turnovers over a four-minute span. Junior guard Griffin Chase nearly erased BSU’s deficit single-handedly while scoring eight of the team’s next 11 points to tie the game, 15-15.
The turnover bug bit the Beavers just after the tie to allow the Wolves on an 8-0 run to regain the momentum of the game. BSU trailed by as many as 13 points over the final five minutes of the first half. After trailing 34-21 with 4:08 to go before halftime, BSU went on a 13-6 run while taking advantage of offensive rebounds and a steal to go into the break facing a 40-34 deficit.
Bader and Morgan again sparked scoring in the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers that helped bring the Beavers to within two points of the Wolves, 42-40. Just when BSU came within striking distance, NSU went on another run to pull ahead by double-figures. The Beavers missed its next five field goals after trailing by two, which allowed the Wolves to go on a 10-0 run for a 52-40 lead.
The Wolves extended their lead to 17 points, 64-47, with 8:20 to play before the Beavers began to fight back and cut the deficit to below double-digits. BSU went on a 15-4 run over a three-minute span behind the scoring of five Beavers, who shot 6-of-9 from the field and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, to make it a six-point game, 68-62.
Bader and Chase hit back-to-back 3-pointers start a trend for the Beavers late in the game as the team went 6-of-8 from deep over the final six minutes of the game. Morgan hit back-to-back 3-pointers to bring BSU to within two points, 75-73, but perfect free throw shooting and a pivotal turnover allowed the Wolves to hold on to the win.
Morgan led BSU with 20 points on 7-of-12 shooting and 4-of-8 from beyond the arc while adding six rebounds, five assists and four steals. Bader and Chase followed with 13 points each while sophomore forward Cody Landwehr came off the bench to lead the team with seven rebounds.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range while Northern State shot 52.9 percent from the floor and 50.0 percent from 3-point range. The Beavers gave away 11 turnovers compared to nine for the Wolves, although NSU scored 16 points off BSU’s turnovers while Bemidji State scored just six. Through the game, the Beavers were able to get to the foul line just four times, making two, while the Wolves made 30 trips with 19 free throws made.
Bemidji State closes out its first full conference weekend at 5:30 p.m. Saturday against No. 22 Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, 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).