|January 24, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||MISU||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.462 (24-52)|
|3P FG Percentage||.444 (12-27)||.333 (8-24)|
|FT Percentage||.714 (10-14)||.846 (11-13)|
Cody - 5
Wagner - 4
Cody - 1
Baumgartner - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team fell during its weekend opener Friday night, 74-67, to Minot State University at BSU Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund scored a team-high 19 points while five players reached double-digit scoring.
BSU allowed MiSU to score 21 second-chance points as it fell to 8-9 overall and 5-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Three-pointers opened up the game for Bemidji State as senior forward Logan Bader and junior forward Derek Thompson each hit one for a quick 6-2 lead. Nearly four minutes later, junior guard Nick Wagner hit his first 3-pointer of the game to give BSU a first-half-high 15-6 advantage. Minot State used 3-pointers and second-chance points to dip into the Bemidji State lead as MiSU hit eight 3-pointers and scored 10 second-chance points through the final 11:35 of the first half. MiSU took its first lead with 8:23 to play, which was quickly taken away by BSU. Both teams traded leads late in the period before Minot State took its largest lead of the half at halftime, 39-34.
Four free throws out of the break brought Bemidji State within one point of Minot State but MiSU eventually pulled away again for a nine-point, 54-45, lead. Thompson hit back-to-back 3-pointers followed by another from Wagner during a two-minute span to bring BSU back to within one possession of MiSU, 56-54. Bemidji State faced another eight-point deficit two minutes later but pulled to within one, 68-67, following a 7-0 run. Following that point, BSU went 0-for-3 from the field while MiSU went 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Bjorklund added a team-high five rebounds and went 8-of-9 from the free throw line while sophomore forward Cody Landwehr scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
BSU shot 46.2 percent (24-52) from the field and 33.3 percent (8-24) from the 3-point line while MiSU shot 45.6 percent (26-57) from the floor and 44.4 percent (12-27) from beyond the arc. Minot State won the rebound battle, 40-22, including 13 offensive rebounds. Although BSU only turned the ball over three times to eight for MiSU, Bemidji State only scored two points compared to seven for Minot State.
Bemidji State will finish its home weekend with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday versus the University of Mary.
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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).