|January 22, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMARY||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.426 (26-61)||.443 (27-61)|
|3P FG Percentage||.435 (10-23)||.429 (12-28)|
|FT Percentage||.875 (14-16)||.800 (4-5)|
Kreklow - 15
Landwehr - 7
Chase - 7
Jordan - 3
Chase - 1
Wagner - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The Bemidji State University men’s basketball senior trio of Griffin Chase, Derek Thompson and Nick Wagner combined for 52 points Friday night but an edge in free throws and on the boards led to a 76-70 loss to the University of Mary at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers fall to 1-6 overall and 0-5 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play.
The Beavers held the Marauders scoreless for the first five minutes of the game to grab an 8-0 lead before going ahead by 11 points nearly two minutes later, 13-2. The Marauders went on short spurts to cut the deficit down and eventually held the Beavers scoreless over a five-minute stretch late in the half. Although BSU went 0-of-6 from the field during its drought, UMary hit just 2-of-8 during that same span. Both of UMary’s field goals came from beyond the arc, though, to push its first lead of the game to four points, 27-23.
Senior guard Tyler Behrendt ended the scoreless streak for BSU with his first 3-pointer of the night followed by another 3-pointer from freshman forward Wyatt Olson to tie the game, 29-29, with under one minute in the first half. The Marauders came back on the following possession to knock down a 3-pointer of their own to take a 32-29 lead into halftime.
After a layup from the Marauders to open second-half scoring, the Beavers pulled to within one possession again before a quick 5-0 run by UMary on its next three possessions. BSU and UMary traded scores for a majority of the second half, as the Marauders answered every Beaver shot to keep them just out of reach. Still within three points, 68-65, with under two minutes to play, BSU missed two straight field goals with an offensive foul to allow UMary to hit a jumper and convert free-throws to seal the game.
Bemidji State shot 44.3 percent from the field (27-61) and 42.9 percent from 3-point range (12-28) on the night while UMary went 42.6 percent from the floor (26-61), including 52.0 percent in the second half, and 43.5 percent from beyond the arc (10-23). The Marauders closed the game going 87.5 percent from the free-throw line (14-16) and winning the rebound margin, 39-31.
Wagner led all scorers with 18 points followed by Chase and Thompson with 17 each. Thompson recorded a career-high five assists in addition to shooting 8-of-13 from the field. Chase, Thompson and junior forward Cody Landwehr each led the team with seven rebounds apiece.
Bemidji State and UMary will finish its weekend series Saturday at BSU Gymnasium with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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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).