|January 04, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud St.
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||SCSU|
|FG Percentage||.571 (32-56)||.492 (32-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.462 (6-13)||.304 (7-23)|
|FT Percentage||.955 (21-22)||.733 (11-15)|
Tyrtyshnik - 4
Onwuka - 4
Chase - 3
Tyrtyshnik - 3
Onwuka - 2
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) -- Junior forward Derek Thompson’s six career double-double vaulted the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 91-82 win over St. Cloud State University on Saturday night. The Beavers improved to 8-4 overall and 5-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after outscoring the Huskies 51-43 in the second half.
Thompson tied a career-high with 28 points and set a career best with 15 rebounds, which is the most boards for a player in a single game at BSU since 2014. He scored 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the second half after a 40-39 halftime lead for BSU. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund chipped in 20 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-4 from the free throw line over the final minute of play.
The game switched leads nine times throughout the first half before BSU took the lead for good two minutes into the second half with a 9-2 run. The Beavers took a game-high 15-point lead, 58-43, before the Huskies brought it to four points over a three-minute span. Despite SCSU eventually coming to within two points of BSU, Thompson converted an and-one opportunity with one minute to play that set up a string of 11 of 12 free throws made by the Beavers to close out the game.
Bemidji State finished the game shooting 57.1 percent (32-56) from the field, 46.2 percent (6-13) from beyond the arc and 95.5 percent (21-22) from the charity stripe. The Huskies shot 49.2 percent (32-65) from the field and scored 23 points off 15 Beavers turnovers.
Bemidji State returns home to close out the regular season series Jan. 10 against Minnesota State University Moorhead and Jan. 11 against Northern 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).