|January 17, 2020||1st||2nd||1OT||2OT||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UIU|
|FG Percentage||.404 (36-89)||.438 (35-80)|
|3P FG Percentage||.250 (10-40)||.313 (10-32)|
|FT Percentage||.647 (11-17)||.714 (25-35)|
FAYETTE, Iowa (Dorman Gymnasium) -- Bemidji State University used its post game to overcome a double-digit deficit to force two overtimes, but fell short in a 105-93 loss at Upper Iowa University. Junior forward Derek Thompson recorded his fourth straight game with at least 26 points and senior forward Logan Bader set a career-high 17 rebounds.
For the first time in program history, the Beavers played three straight overtime games and fell in them all to move to 8-7 overall and 5-6 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Beavers trailed the Peacocks by 12 points, 54-42, before a 10-0 run brought the deficit to just two points with 14:18 to play in regulation. Upper Iowa followed with a 12-2 run over the next five minutes to regain its double-figure lead. The Beavers top three scorers, Thompson, Bader and junior guard Nick Wagner, each hit a 3-pointer as part of an 11-3 run to begin BSU’s push to force overtime. Wagner scored the final five points of regulation as Upper Iowa missed two potential game-winning shots.
Both teams traded scores in the first overtime and both missed free throw opportunities to take a lead over the final 16 seconds of the extra time. During the final five minutes of the game, BSU was not able to hit its needed shots from the field, going 1-of-11 from the field, 0-of-7 from beyond the arc and 3-of-6 from the free throw line. UIU sealed the game by going 14-of-16 from the free throw line in the second overtime.
Thompson finished with a team-high 27 points, averaging 27.3 points over the last four games, and recorded his seventh career double-double with 13 rebounds. Bader led BSU with a career-high 17 rebounds and neared his career-high with 21 points, finishing with his eighth career double-double. Wagner added his fifth 20-point game of the season while adding seven assists and six rebounds.
As a team, Bemidji State shot 40.4 percent (36-89) from the field, 25.0 percent (10-40) from 3-point range, and 64.7 percent (11-17) from the free throw line. Upper Iowa hit 43.8 percent (35-80) of its shots from the field and 71.4 percent (25-35) from the charity stripe. The Beavers won the rebound battle with a season-high 59 rebounds, including 18 offensive rebounds. BSU converted its offensive rebounds for just 13 second-chance points compared to 12 second-chance points for UIU on seven offensive boards.
Bemidji State closes out the weekend with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Saturday at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.
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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).