Cougars pull away in second half of Beavers loss Friday night

January 31, 20201st2ndFinal
Sioux Falls283866
Bemidji St.272754
Stats at a GlanceUSFBSU
FG Percentage.500 (25-50) .365 (19-52)
3P FG Percentage.471 (8-17) .360 (9-25)
FT Percentage.800 (8-10) .875 (7-8)
Offensive Rebounds98
Defensive Rebounds2517
Total Rebounds3425
Bench Points225
PointsPal - 12
Green - 12
Chase - 14
ReboundsPal - 9
Thompson - 5
Bjorklund - 5
TEAM - 5
AssistsGrinde - 5
Bjorklund - 4
StealsThompson - 3
Bjorklund - 2
Bader - 2
BlocksPal - 2
Thompson - 1
Cougars pull away in second half of Beavers loss Friday night
Friday, January 31, 2020
Cougars pull away in second half of Beavers loss Friday night

BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball team began to fall behind in the second half Friday night during a 66-54 loss to the University of Sioux Falls at BSU Gymnasium.

Junior guard Griffin Chase led the Beavers with a game-high 14 points as BSU falls to 8-11 overall and 5-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The Beavers took the early lead in the game with five of the first seven points before the Cougars followed with a 7-0 run to take their first lead of the game. Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund scored four of his six first-half points to retake the lead midway through the opening period, 15-13. Junior forward Derek Thompson and Chase knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to start a 10-3 run and give the Beavers their largest lead of the first half, 25-16. BSU gave away three turnovers and failed to score over the final 3:41 of the opening period, which allowed USF to score the final 10 points and take a 28-27 lead into the break.

The Cougars continued their run from the first half with the first six points of the second half. Thompson ended the six-minute scoreless streak for the Beavers to bring the deficit to five points, 34-29. After a 3-pointer from USF, BSU only reached within five points one more time through the remainder of the game. The Cougars took a game-high 19-point, 62-43, lead with 5:52 to play while the Beavers could only cut to within 10 with one minute in the game.

Chase added one rebound, one assist and one steal on 5-of-9 shooting, 4-of-6 from beyond the arc, while Bjorklund, Thompson and senior forward Logan Bader scored 11 points each. Following Bader’s 11 points, he is now 18 points shy of becoming the 19th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Bemidji State shot 36.5 percent (19-52) from the field, its third-lowest of the season, and 36.0 percent (9-25) from beyond the arc. USF finished shooting 50.0 percent (25-50) from the field and 47.1 percent (8-17) from 3-point range and won the rebound battle, 34-25. BSU was outscored in the paint, 32-20, and allowed USF to score 10 second-chance points.

Bemidji State concludes its weekend series with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Saturday at BSU Gymnasium against Southwest Minnesota 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).