|December 07, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.518 (29-56)||.375 (21-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.313 (5-16)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (16-24)||.760 (19-25)|
Bader - 4
Zimmer - 2
Zimmer - 2
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Nemzek Fieldhouse) -- Senior guard Ja Morgan recorded his third straight 20-point game to help the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 79-67 win at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Saturday night at the Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.
The Beavers improve to 4-3 overall and 1-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after leading the Dragons through the entirety of the game. BSU outshot MSUM, 51.8 percent to 31.6 percent, and put in 44 points in the paint compared to 24 for MSUM.
Morgan’s 21 points were tied for the most among all players in the game while shooting 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free-throw line. He added four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one block and finished with his fourth 20-point game of the season. Four Beavers scored double-digit points including junior guard Nick Wagner with 18 and sophomore forward Cody Landwehr with 13 off the bench.
Junior forward Derek Thompson scored the first four points of the game while Wagner added his first two points of the game for a quick 6-0 lead. The Beavers didn’t look back from that point while leading for the remainder of the game. The Dragons cut the Beavers’ lead to one with five straight points before BSU used runs to take multiple double-digit leads before halftime. After coming out of the halftime break with a 33-29 lead, the Beavers saw the lead widdled to one point again, 40-39, five minutes into play. BSU continued to take care of the ball and attack the paint to extend its lead to double-digits again. The Beavers held off the Dragons by shooting 6-of-9 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free-throw line over the final seven minutes of play. During that span, BSU held MSUM to 3-of-12 shooting while forcing three turnovers.
Through the game, BSU shot 29-of-56 from the field compared to 21-of-56 by MSUM. The Dragons outrebounded the Beavers, 41-31, but BSU scored 19 points off 14 MSUM turnovers.
Bemidji State opens its conference home schedule Dec. 13-14 with interdivisional games against Wayne State College and Augustana University at BSU Gymnasium.
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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).