|February 01, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
Southwest Minn. St.
|Stats at a Glance||SMSU||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.421 (24-57)||.521 (25-48)|
|3P FG Percentage||.421 (8-19)||.520 (13-25)|
|FT Percentage||1.000 (8-8)||.789 (15-19)|
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Sophomore guard Max Bjorklund lifted the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to a 78-64 win over Southwest Minnesota State University at BSU Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon while tying a career-high 23 points.
Bjorklund and junior guard Nick Wagner combined for 41 points while senior forward Logan Bader neared a double-double to snap BSU’s seven-game losing streak and move the team to 9-11 overall and 6-10 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State took the first advantage of the game with a 5-0 lead after two minutes of action before Southwest Minnesota State made it a back-and-forth affair three minutes later. Both teams traded leads eight times until Bader put in his second 3-pointer of the game for BSU’s final go-ahead score of the game. Junior forward Derek Thompson put in a jumper in the paint followed by a free throw from Wagner as part of a 6-0 run to hold a 26-20 lead with 6:04 in the first half. Bjorklund and junior guard Griffin Chase hit back-to-back 3-pointers to put BSU ahead by double-digits before a 41-29 lead at the halftime break.
The Beavers remained ahead by double figures the remainder of the game as the Mustangs were only able to reach within 12 points two times. Bjorklund made his career-high fifth and final 3-pointer with 9:47 to play to push BSU’s lead to 22 points, 61-39. Bemidji State held off a 3-point barrage from SMSU guard Nick Dufault that brought the Mustangs back to within 12 points with 1:11 to play. BSU forced two SMSU turnovers and sank two free throws with 55 seconds remaining to seal the victory.
Bjorklund tied his career-high of 23 points, previously recorded earlier this season, while going 7-of-12 from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. He added four assists, four rebounds and two steals while Wagner finished with 18 points, two rebounds and two assists. Bader was one rebound shy of his ninth career double-double after scoring 10 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He is currently eight points shy of scoring 1,000 during his career at BSU.
The Beavers shot 52.1 percent (25-48) from the field, 52.0 percent (13-25) from 3-point range and 78.9 percent (13-25) from the free throw line while also winning the rebound margin, 31-28. BSU held SMSU to 42.1 percent (24-57) from the floor and 42.1 percent (8-19) from beyond the arc.
Bemidji State returns to the road for four games beginning Feb. 7-8 at Concordia University-St. Paul and Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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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).