Late defense seals 85-76 win for Men’s Basketball over Minnesota Crookston

December 21, 20191st2ndFinal
Bemidji St.374885
Stats at a GlanceUMCBSU
FG Percentage.417 (25-60) .549 (28-51)
3P FG Percentage.367 (11-30) .444 (12-27)
FT Percentage.938 (15-16) .630 (17-27)
Offensive Rebounds57
Defensive Rebounds2230
Total Rebounds2737
Bench Points215
PointsCleary - 44
Wagner - 17
ReboundsJassey-Demba - 5
Baumgartner - 10
AssistsCleary - 4
Chase - 5
StealsCohen - 3
Bader - 4
BlocksNicolau - 2
Chase - 1
Late defense seals 85-76 win for Men’s Basketball over Minnesota Crookston
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Late defense seals 85-76 win for Men’s Basketball over Minnesota Crookston

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Six players scored in double-digits to lead the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to an 85-76 win over University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday afternoon at the BSU Gymnasium.

Six of BSU’s seven players to make an appearance chipped in at least 11 points, including a team-high 17 from junior guard Nick Wagner, to improve the Beavers to 7-3 overall and 4-2 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Minnesota Crookston held a lead through the majority of the first half, including a 10-point advantage 10 minutes into play, before Bemidji State went on two runs of 8-0 to take a three-point, 30-27 lead before halftime. Junior forward Zach Baumgartner, who scored 10 of his 15 points in the first half, gave BSU the lead at halftime, 37-36, with a layup from senior forward Logan Bader.

Bemidji State allowed Minnesota Crookston to score just four points on two field goals through the first eight minutes of the second half to grab a game-high 12-point, 52-40 lead. After sophomore guard Max Bjorklund hit a 3-pointer to keep BSU ahead by double-figures, the Golden Eagles converted a handful of 3-pointers and three-point plays to draw within one point, 75-74, with just under two minutes to play. Bjorklund again hit another 3-pointer to halt a 7-2 run by UMC and give the BSU defense a chance to hold off a late attack by the Golden Eagles. The Beavers’ defense held strong with just two points allowed over the final two minutes of play, limited the Golden Eagles to just two free throws and 0-for-5 shooting from the field to finish the game.

Wagner added three rebounds and two assists to his stat line while Bader followed in scoring with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals. Baumgartner set a career-high in scoring while going perfect from the field, hitting 6-of-6 field goals and 3-of-4 free throws off the bench. BSU shot 54.9 percent from the field while holding UMC to 41.7 percent.

Bemidji State will take its holiday break before returning to action Jan. 3-4 with a road trip to face University of Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State University.

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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).