20-point performances lead to Men’s Basketball dominance over St. Cloud State

February 21, 20201st2ndFinal
St. Cloud St.244165
Bemidji St.473986
Stats at a GlanceSCSUBSU
FG Percentage.391 (25-64) .483 (28-58)
3P FG Percentage.263 (5-19) .393 (11-28)
FT Percentage.769 (10-13) .826 (19-23)
Offensive Rebounds109
Defensive Rebounds2331
Total Rebounds3340
Bench Points159
PointsMarshall - 27
Thompson - 24
ReboundsRoberts - 10
Thompson - 14
AssistsEhrnvall - 3
Morgan - 11
StealsDonaldson - 2
Ehrnvall - 2
Thompson - 2
BlocksMarshall - 1
20-point performances lead to Men’s Basketball dominance over St. Cloud State
Friday, February 21, 2020
20-point performances lead to Men’s Basketball dominance over St. Cloud State

BEMIDJI, MINN. (BSU Gymnasium) -- From start to finish, the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team controlled St. Cloud State University during an 86-65 win at BSU Gymnasium Friday night.

Bemidji State completed a season sweep over St. Cloud State for the first time since 2012-13 while improving to 13-12 overall and 10-11 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

BSU’s top scorers in the game, junior forward Derek Thompson and sophomore guard Max Bjorklund combined to score the first 14 points for the Beavers. Junior guard Nick Wagner scored the next three points to cap a 17-2 run over a 6:02 span to start the game. BSU forced SCSU to miss nine of its first 10 field goal attempts while the Huskies also gave away four turnovers. Senior forward Logan Bader knocked down a 3-pointer with 5:27 to play in the first half to give BSU its first 20-point lead of the night, 37-15. BSU took a 47-24 lead into the intermission behind 19 first-half points from Thompson and nine assists from senior guard Ja Morgan.

Out of the halftime break, BSU doubled up SCSU in scoring, 52-26, as Wagner knocked down his second 3-pointer of the game followed by two free throws by Bjorklund. The Beavers took a game-high 27-point lead, 69-42, just after the under 10-minute media timeout.

Thompson shot 9-of-11 from the field while leading the team with 24 points. He also recorded his ninth career double-double with 14 rebounds, one shy of his career-high. Bjorklund followed in scoring with 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Morgan recorded 11 assists to lead the team while Wagner recorded 14 points.

Bemidji State shot 48.3 percent (28-58) from the floor, 39.3 percent (11-28) from beyond the arc and 82.6 percent (19-23) from the free-throw line. BSU scored 18 points off nine SCSU turnovers while giving away just six turnovers, tied for the second-fewest given away in a game this season. St. Cloud State shot 39.1 percent (25-64) from the field, 26.3 percent (5-19) from long range and 76.9 percent (10-13) from the charity stripe.

Bemidji State concludes the regular season Saturday at 5:30 p.m. with senior day against the University of Minnesota Duluth.

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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).