|February 05, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
St. Cloud St.
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||SCSU|
|FG Percentage||.500 (30-60)||.468 (29-62)|
|3P FG Percentage||.308 (8-26)||.357 (10-28)|
|FT Percentage||.909 (20-22)||.667 (10-15)|
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (Halenbeck Hall) -- Junior guard Mohamed Kone and senior forward Derek Thompson each topped 20 points scoring Friday night to lead Bemidji State men’s basketball to an 88-78 win at St. Cloud State University. Kone scored a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds, his second double-double of the season, to move BSU to 3-8 overall and 2-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Kone shot 11-of-17 from the field and 5-of-6 from the free-throw line and added four assists and three steals while Thompson finished with 20 points on 9-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one steal. The duo scored more than half of BSU’s points and were the first duo for BSU to score at least 20 points since late in the 2019-20 season.
Bemidji State recorded its second-best shooting night of the season while going 50.0 percent from the field (30-60) and adding eight 3-pointers and 20-of-22 free throws. Though St. Cloud State shot at a high percentage from the floor (46.8%), BSU won the rebound margin, 36-33, and outscored SCSU in second-chance points, 12-4.
Senior guard Nick Wagner got BSU off to a quick start with his first of 3-pointers on the night but saw SCSU go on a 7-0 run to follow. The Beavers’ defense showed up to hold the Huskies scoreless for over three minutes to lead to a 10-0 run to regain its final lead of the night. After a Huskies 3-pointer to bring SCSU within three, 13-10, Thompson started another run of 6-0 to take a 19-10 lead, which was capped on a dunk by Kone off a Huskies turnover to force a SCSU timeout.
Four of the next five baskets coming out of the timeout were 3-pointers, the last of which came from Thompson on an assist by junior forward Cody Landwehr to put BSU ahead by double-digits, 27-16. Huskies guard Anthony Roberts single-handedly brought SCSU back to with two points after scoring all nine points of a 9-0 run. Thompson held off the SCSU run with five straight points and finished with 16 in the opening half to give BSU a 47-34 lead at halftime.
The Bemidji State lead hovered around 10 points for the first 10 minutes of the second half until St. Cloud State went on a 9-0 run. SCSU took advantage of four BSU missed field goals and one turnover to bring BSU’s lead to just four points, 65-61, with 9:32 to play. Both teams traded runs over the next seven minutes while the Beavers lead dropped to three points, 77-74, with 2:18 remaining. A Kone and-one conversion gave BSU a cushion that was able to hold off until less than one minute in the game. Over the final minute, BSU’s defense held SCSU to 1-of-6 from the field while sinking 6-of-6 free-throws to seal the game.
Bemidji State will go for a sweep of St. Cloud State at 2 p.m. Saturday from Halenbeck Hall.
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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).