|December 14, 2019||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||AUGIE||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.435 (30-69)||.509 (28-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.300 (9-30)||.435 (10-23)|
|FT Percentage||.800 (4-5)||.818 (9-11)|
Riemersma - 6
Todd - 2
Bryan - 2
Schaefer - 2
Chase - 5
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Junior guard Nick Wagner sank the biggest 3-pointer of his career Saturday night to help the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team take down No. 21 Augustana, 75-73, and complete a weekend Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference sweep at BSU Gymnasium. Wagner drained the game-winning shot with 1.9 seconds in the game to help the Beavers overcome a double-digit deficit to the nationally ranked Vikings.
BSU trailed AU by four points, 73-69, with 1:31 remaining in the game before scoring the final six points of the night. Junior forward Zach Baumgartner converted an and-one opportunity with one minute remaining while the BSU defense held AU to three missed field goals, coming with two offensive rebounds, to set up Wagner’s game-winner.
Baumgartner pulled down his team-high seventh rebound of the night to set up sophomore guard Max Bjorklund with 13 seconds to play. Bjorklund came up the left side of the court before crossing over and finding Wagner ready to shoot from the right baseline. Wagner’s shot went in with 1.9 seconds to play, just before Augustana’s half-court shot fell short.
The Beavers’ offense began the game on a cold spell, missing its first nine shots from the field, which allowed the Vikings to take a 11-0 lead after the first five minutes. A 10-2 run brought BSU to within three points before senior forward Logan Bader, Baumgartner and fellow junior forward Derek Thompson combined in scoring for a 9-2 BSU run that eventually helped the squad tie the game, 26-26, with 4:33 in the half. Both teams traded short runs, including a layup from Thompson that gave the Beavers its first lead of the game, 32-31, before halftime.
Coming out of the break trailing Augustana 36-32, Bemidji State cut its deficit to two points just over three minutes into play and eventually took its first lead since late in the first half as Bjorklund completed a 6-0 run. The game remained within one score until the Vikings took two four-point leads over the final 4:49.
Bemidji State outscored Augustana, 43-37, in the second half while shooting 60.7 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes. The Beavers also put in seven 3-pointers in the final period and finished the game with 34 points in the paint, compared to 20 for the Vikings.
Bader led the Beavers in scoring with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting while Wagner finished with 15, including going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Bjorklund and Thompson each added 13 points, while Thompson and Bader each pulled down six rebounds.
Bemidji State closes out the calendar year with a home contest Saturday, Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. against University of Minnesota Crookston.
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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).