|January 29, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MISU|
|FG Percentage||.544 (31-57)||.655 (36-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.357 (5-14)|
|FT Percentage||.667 (10-15)||.933 (14-15)|
Thompson - 6
Landwehr - 6
Wagner - 2
MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- A well-rounded offensive attack for Bemidji State University men’s basketball was met by an equal force during a 91-82 loss at Minot State University Friday night in Minot, N.D. BSU shot over 50 percent from the field and had five players score in double-figures but allowed MiSU to produce in the post as the Beavers fall to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State recorded a season-high 54.4 percent from the field, including 10 3-pointers, to produce its most points in a game this season. Minot State also shot a season-best from the field, knocking down 65.5 percent from the floor while outscoring BSU in the paint, 40-24.
Senior guard Nick Wagner knocked down four 3-pointers for a team-high 18 points while fellow senior guard Griffin Chase hit three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points. Junior guard Mohamed Kone scored 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting, senior guard Tyler Behrendt scored 12 points on 5-of-7 from the field and senior forward Derek Thompson scored 11 points with six rebounds and two steals. Freshman forward Dalton Albrecht came off the bench for nine points and six rebounds.
BSU jumped out to a 4-0 lead after its first two possessions but was only able to hold the initial lead until five minutes into play. After Minot State came back to tie the game, 8-8, Wagner knocked down his first 3-pointer of the night. MiSU held BSU scoreless for a two-minute stretch in order to take its first lead of the night. Bemidji State gave away three turnovers during that stretch to allow Minot State to go on an 8-0 run for a 16-11 lead.
Albrecht put in a layup from Wagner with 13:25 to play in the opening half to spark an 11-3 run to regain the lead for Bemidji State. Behrendt knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to close the run and give BSU a 22-19 lead. Three different Beavers scored to help keep BSU ahead but saw its lead slip away for the last time as MiSU closed the final five minutes of the half on a 16-5 run.
Although BSU opened the second half with four of the first six points, MiSU used an and-one conversion to begin a 10-3 run. After trailing 56-41 just over four minutes into the half, Bemidji State wasn’t able to pull to within single-digit points of Minot State until late in the game. BSU cut its deficit down to nine twice and finally to seven points, 89-82, following a 7-2 run with 26 seconds to play. Minot State sealed the game with free throws and forcing a missed 3-pointer by Bemidji State.
Bemidji State and Minot State finish their weekend series Saturday at 2 p.m. from the MSU Dome in Minot, N.D.
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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).