|February 12, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMD||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.443 (27-61)||.636 (35-55)|
|3P FG Percentage||.375 (9-24)||.520 (13-25)|
|FT Percentage||.583 (14-24)||.722 (13-18)|
Katona - 20
Middleton - 3
Sutherland - 2
Landwehr - 1
Chase - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Senior guard Nick Wagner was the leader of five Bemidji State University men’s basketball student-athletes to score in double-digits to help the squad take a dominating 96-77 win over the University of Minnesota Duluth Friday night at BSU Gymnasium. Wagner tied a career-high with 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting while the Beavers shot their best field goal percentage of the season to improve to 4-8 overall and 3-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
The Beavers have now won three games in a row behind a .636 field goal percentage Friday night against the Bulldogs, the highest field goal percentage for BSU this season and since November 2019. BSU also connected of 52.0 percent from 3-point range (13-25) and totaled 22 assists on the night.
Wagner led all scorers and sank 5-of-6 3-pointers during the first half, finishing the opening 20 minutes with 17 points. Junior guard Mohamed Kone followed in scoring with 15 points and led BSU with 10 assists to record his third double-double of the season.
Wagner got the game started with his first 3-pointer of the game to give BSU its first lead before UMD tied the game at 5-5 three minutes into action. After Kone took a steal down for a breakaway dunk and a six-point lead, 15-9 the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to take its largest lead of the night, 20-15. The Beavers bounced back with a 12-0 run of their own, capped by three straight 3-pointers from Wagner, to regain the lead and momentum in the game. UMD again came back to tie the game twice and take the lead once but Wagner’s fifth and final 3-pointer of the night began a 8-0 run for BSU to end the half. Another breakaway dunk and a 3-pointer from Kone gave the Beavers a 43-36 advantage at the halftime break.
Bemidji State’s lead hovered around 10 points for the first 10 minutes of the second half before a 12-4 run over a seven-minute span pushed it to 18, 78-60. Less than one minute later, Wagner was fouled on a 3-point attempt and also took two free throws after a technical foul on the UMD bench. In all, Wagner sank all five free throws to give BSU its first 20-point lead of the night, 83-63, with 5:58 to play. The Beavers continued to hit 3-pointers and put in fast break dunks to take a game-high 27-point, 95-68 lead with just under two minutes remaining.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Duluth finish the weekend series at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at BSU Gymnasium.
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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).