Thompson’s career-high 33 points gives BSU 74-59 win over MSU

January 02, 20211st2ndFinal
Bemidji St.413374
Minnesota St.352459
Stats at a GlanceBSUMSU
FG Percentage.453 (29-64) .410 (25-61)
3P FG Percentage.300 (6-20) .176 (3-17)
FT Percentage.667 (10-15) .462 (6-13)
Offensive Rebounds99
Defensive Rebounds3228
Total Rebounds4137
Bench Points610
PointsThompson - 33
Anderson - 16
ReboundsThompson - 12
Holt - 6
AssistsKone - 5
Thedford - 3
StealsThompson - 1
Kone - 1
Chase - 1
Wagner - 1
Holt - 1
Anderson - 1
Williams - 1
BlocksKone - 1
Landwehr - 1
Kramer - 4
Thompson’s career-high 33 points gives BSU 74-59 win over MSU
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Thompson’s career-high 33 points gives BSU 74-59 win over MSU
Photo Credit: Mansoor Ahmad

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Senior forward Derek Thompson opened the 2020-21 season with his 10th career double-double with a career-high 33 points to lead Bemidji State University men’s basketball to a 74-59 win over Minnesota State University, Mankato on Saturday night in Mankato, Minn.

Thompson produced with a balanced attack, including 21 first-half points and nine second-half rebounds. He topped his previous career-high in scoring by five points while his 12 rebounds against MSU was three shy of a career-high.

Both teams traded leads nine times over the first five minutes of gameplay before the Mavericks went on a 6-2 run to take a 17-12 lead. The Beavers stayed within reach and eventually regained its lead as Thompson sparked a 9-3 run with a layup from senior guard Griffin Chase with nine minutes to play in the first half. Thompson closed out the run with a 3-pointer for a 30-26 lead.

After the Mavericks came back with another lead, the Beavers closed out the half with a 9-0 run. BSU held MSU to 0-for-3 from the field with three turnovers to take a 41-35 lead into halftime. Senior guard Nick Wagner opened the second half with his second 3-pointer of the game and followed with another three minutes later to give BSU a double-digit, 49-38 lead. Wagner’s 3-pointers were part of a 23-8 run that spanned the first 11 minutes of the half.

BSU continued to limit MSU’s field goal percentage en route to taking a game-high 23-point, 68-45 lead with eight minutes remaining in the game. The Beavers held the Mavericks to 31.3 percent shooting in the second half to secure its second win against MSU during their last four meetings.

Overall, BSU shot 45.3 percent from the field (29-64), 30.0 percent from 3-point range (6-20), and 66.7 percent from the free throw line (10-15). MSU show 41.0 percent from the floor (25-61), 17.6 percent from beyond the arc (3-17), and 46.2 percent from the charity stripe (6-13). The Beavers won the rebound margin 41-37 and gave away the ball on just nine turnovers.

Thompson went 13-of-25 shooting from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line while grabbing all 12 of his rebounds on the defensive end. Wagner scored 18 points on 6-of-13 points from the floor while junior guard Mohamed Kone scored eight points with five assists and five rebounds in his debut with the Beavers.

Bemidji State and Minnesota State close out their season-opening weekend with a 2 p.m. tip-off on Sunday in Mankato, Minn.

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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).