|January 03, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSU|
|FG Percentage||.439 (25-57)||.484 (31-64)|
|3P FG Percentage||.222 (4-18)||.333 (10-30)|
|FT Percentage||.650 (13-20)||.704 (19-27)|
Willingham - 2
Thedford - 2
Casper - 1
MANKATO, Minn. --Forward Derek Thompson was the main point-scorer for the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team for the second straight game but the senior’s effort couldn’t hold Minnesota State University, Mankato off the boards during a 91-67 loss Sunday in Mankato, Minn.
Thompson led the Beavers in scoring with 14 points on 6-of-14 shooting, but junior forward Cody Landwehr started the game with four straight points and a 4-0 lead for BSU. The four point margin was the largest lead of the game for the Beavers, including a 16-12 lead eight minutes into play following two free throws from freshman forward Dalton Albrecht.
Minnesota State scored six straight points after Albrecht’s free throws to grab the lead before finishing the half on a 34-12 run. The Mavericks hit 13-of-18 field goals, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range, during the run compared to 4-of-12 for the Beavers for a 46-28 advantage heading into halftime.
Although Bemidji State stayed closer to Minnesota State in the rebound margin during the second half, the Mavericks shot 48.3 percent from the field, hit five 3-pointers and went 12-of-15 from the free throw line.
Following Thompson in scoring was senior guard Nick Wagner with nine points and Albrecht with eight, setting a career high. Albrecht also set a career high with seven rebounds, which paced BSU.
Through the game, BSU shot 43.9 percent from the field (25-57), 22.2 percent from beyond the arc (4-18), and 65.0 percent from the free throw line (13-20). MSU held control of the rebound battle, 43-30, including 10 offensive boards that led to eight second-chance points.
Bemidji State returns to Bemidji, Minn., Jan. 8-9 for its home-opening weekend and the start of conference play with a doubleheader against Northern 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).