|December 13, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
Wayne St. (NE)
|Stats at a Glance||WSC||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.407 (24-59)||.561 (32-57)|
|3P FG Percentage||.267 (4-15)||.414 (12-29)|
|FT Percentage||.391 (9-23)||.737 (14-19)|
Janssen - 5
Mohr - 2
Janssen - 2
Bjorklund - 2
Penner - 1
Baumgartner - 1
Bader - 1
Chase - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team excelled on both ends of the court to take a 90-61 win over Wayne State College at BSU Gymnasium Friday night. Junior guard Nick Wagner paced the Beavers with 28 points on 10-of-14 shooting while junior guard Griffin Chase added a career-high 18 points.
The Beavers improve to 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after taking control of the game in the first half. BSU held WSC to 27.8 percent shooting and put in seven second-chance points during the opening 20 minutes, paced by 16 first-half points from Wagner and 13 from Chase.
After a game-opening layup by senior forward Logan Bader, the Wildcats followed with back-to-back 3-pointers to take a four-point lead. Bader hit a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 run over a two-minute span by BSU to take the lead back. WSC tied the game back at 14-14 before Wagner scored five straight points as part of a 22-6 run, which included eight points from both Wagner and Chase. Wagner scored four points in the final minute while Bader put in a last-second second-chance layup to give BSU a 44-24 lead at the halftime break.
The Wildcats chipped away at the Beavers lead through the first 10 minutes of the second half, bringing the score to within 15. BSU shut WSC down for the rest of the game after a 10-0 run to push the lead again, 78-49, and taking its first 30-point lead with 3:28 to play. The Beavers shot above 50 percent for both halves to finish off its commanding victory.
Bemidji State shot 32-of-57 from the field, 12-of-29 from beyond the arc and 14-of-19 from the free-throw line while finishing the game with 16 second-chance points. In addition to scoring 36 points from 3-point range, BSU added 40 points in the paint. Bader led BSU to a 39-31 advantage on the boards with a team-high nine, followed by Wagner with eight.
BSU closes out its weekend slate with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against 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).