|January 15, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MSUM|
|FG Percentage||.341 (15-44)||.435 (27-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.188 (3-16)||.333 (7-21)|
|FT Percentage||.739 (17-23)||.643 (9-14)|
Myren - 2
Baumgartner - 2
Sevlie - 2
Kone - 1
Wagner - 1
MOORHEAD, Minn. (Nemzek Fieldhouse) -- Senior forward Derek Thompson continues his strong start to the 2020-21 season with 21 points Friday night as the Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell to Minnesota State University Moorhead, 70-50, in Moorhead, Minn. Thompson led the Beavers in scoring with his fourth double-digit game as the team falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Thompson and junior forward Cody Landwehr combined to score the first six points of the game, including two layups from Landwehr, to give the Beavers a quick 6-0 lead. Over the following three minutes of action, though, BSU went on to miss two field goals and give away four turnovers as part of an 11-0 run by MSUM. Back-to-back 3-pointers from the Dragons, including the second off a Beavers turnover, extended its lead to eight, 17-9.
A layup from Landwehr and a 3-pointer from sophomore forward Steele Senske Jr., kept the Beavers within five points of the Dragons before a 17-0 run over a six-minute span vaulted MSUM ahead. In all, Bemidji State gave away 12 turnovers in the first half that led to 16 points for MSU Moorhead.
The Beavers faced a 42-22 deficit at halftime after shooting 30.4 percent from the field in the opening period. Although Bemidji State held MSU Moorhead to 32.4 percent from the field in the second half, the Dragons converted enough early to hold off the Beavers by at least 18 points for the rest of the game.
For the game, BSU shot 34.1 percent from the field (15-44), 18.8 percent from 3-point range (3-16) and 73.9 percent from the free throw line (17-23). The Beavers finished with 19 turnovers that led to 21 points for the Dragons. MSU Moorhead shot 43.5 percent from the floor (27-62), 33.3 percent from beyond the arc (7-21) and 64.3 percent from the charity stripe (9-14).
Thompson’s 21-point performance was his second of at least 20 points this season and the 16th of his career. Landwehr followed with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting while junior guard Mohamed Kone led BSU with 13 rebounds, his third time doing so this season.
Bemidji State and MSU Moorhead close out the conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nemzek Fieldhouse.
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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).