|January 30, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||MISU|
|FG Percentage||.328 (21-64)||.446 (25-56)|
|3P FG Percentage||.200 (4-20)||.308 (4-13)|
|FT Percentage||.909 (10-11)||.714 (20-28)|
Kone - 9
Wagner - 3
Behrendt - 1
Bohl - 1
MINOT, N.D. (MSU Dome) -- The duo of senior forward Derek Thompson and junior guard Mohamed Kone powered the Bemidji State University men’s basketball team with near double-doubles Saturday afternoon despite a 74-56 loss to Minot State University in Minot, N.D. Kone led the team with 13 points while Thompson added nine points as both pulled down a team-high nine rebounds.
Bemidji State falls to 2-8 overall and 1-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference following the sweep to Minot State.
BSU was dominant on the boards, outrebounding MiSU 40-33, but was unable to convert those possessions as a tough Minot State defense held Bemidji State to just 32.8 percent shooting from the field and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc. Fifteen BSU giveaways provided MiSU 15 points off turnovers, as nine turnovers came in the first half.
Kone’s 13 points came off five field goals, one 3-pointer and two free throws while five of his nine rebounds came on the offensive end. Senior guard Nick Wagner followed Kone in scoring with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.
A day removed from the best shooting performance of both teams’ seasons, defenses took over to control the first half. Junior forward Cody Landwehr struck first off an assist from Kone while scoring a layup just over two minutes into action. BSU and MiSU traded leads seven times before a 9-0 run in favor of Minot State to take a 25-16 lead late in the half. Freshman forward Dalton Albrecht scored back-to-back layups to snap the streak and scored six of BSU’s final eight points of the half to go into halftime facing a 30-24 deficit.
BSU and MiSU traded five scores to open the second half, the last of which was a 3-pointer by Wagner. Kone followed with a layup to bring Bemidji State’s deficit to just one, 34-33. BSU stayed within one possession of MiSU until 13:00 to play when Minot State started a 9-2 run to go ahead by nine. Senior guard Tyler Behrendt shot back with a 3-pointer followed by a layup from Landwehr to keep BSU within four. MiSU again went on a 9-2 run over a two-minute span to separate by double-digits for the rest of the game.
Bemidji State remains away from home for its final road games of season Feb. 5-6 at St. Cloud 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).