|February 14, 2020||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMARY|
|FG Percentage||.456 (26-57)||.367 (18-49)|
|3P FG Percentage||.552 (16-29)||.200 (3-15)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.875 (14-16)|
Bjorklund - 16
Mayer - 1
Amundson - 1
Bjorklund - 2
Wagner - 2
Kreklow - 1
Thompson - 2
BISMARCK, N.D. (McDowell Activity Center) -- One of the season’s best defensive performances led the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team to an 82-53 win over the University of Mary on Friday night in Bismarck, N.D.
The Beavers earned their largest margin of victory in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play since 2013 en route to improving to 11-12 overall and 8-11 in the NSIC.
Junior forward Derek Thompson scored the first seven points for BSU to take a 7-4 lead while sophomore guard Max Bjorklund scored nine of the next 11 points for the Beavers as part of an 18-12 advantage midway through the first half. The Marauders pulled to within one points of the Beavers two times before the end of the first half, but BSU finished the opening period on a 13-6 run, shooting 4-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, to take a 42-34 lead into the second half.
UMary scored four of the first five points in the second half before BSU began its final run to take control of the game. Senior guard Ja Morgan and junior guard Nick Wagner combed for 11 of 13-consecutive points for the Beavers to nab a 56-38 lead midway through the second half. BSU did not allow UMary within 10 points during the remainder of the game while holding the Marauders to 28.6 percent shooting from the field and no 3-pointers allowed in the second half.
Bemidji State allowed UMary to 36.7 percent (18-49) shooting from the field, the lowest percent allowed during the conference season, along with 20.0 percent (3-15) from beyond the arc. BSU finished the game with its most 3-pointers in a game during the NSIC season. Offensively, the Beavers shot 45.6 percent (26-57) from the field, 55.2 percent (16-29) from 3-point range and 82.4 percent (14-17) from the free-throw line.
Bjorklund and Thompson led BSU in scoring with 16 points each, as Bjorklund tied a career-high with five 3-point field goals and Thompson shot 50.0 percent (7-14) from the field. Morgan and Wagner also reached double-digit scoring as Wagner recorded 14 points with four 3-pointers and Morgan scored 11 points with six assists and five rebounds.
Bemidji State will play Minot State University at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday before heading back home for senior day Feb. 21-22.
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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).