|February 13, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMD||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.531 (26-49)||.433 (29-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.500 (11-22)||.346 (9-26)|
|FT Percentage||.628 (27-43)||.833 (10-12)|
Katona - 2
Thompson - 1
Kone - 1
Behrendt - 1
Chase - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- A 24-point scoring effort by junior guard Mohamed Kone nearly helped Bemidji State University men’s basketball overcome a 25-point deficit Saturday afternoon during a 90-77 loss to the University of Minnesota Duluth at BSU Gymnasium. Kone also finished with a team-high eight assists as the Beavers drop to 4-9 overall and 3-7 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Bemidji State saw its largest factor in the game come at the free-throw line, as Minnesota Duluth took 43 free-throw attempts compared to 12 for BSU. While the Beavers hit 10 free throws, the team shot 43.3 percent from the field compared to 53.1 percent for UMD.
Kone scored 15 points in the second half while senior forward Derek Thompson scored 11 of his 13 points over the final 20 minutes. After scoring on a 3-pointer with 8:17 to play in the game, Thompson moved into 10th all-time in scoring in program history with 1,223 career points.
Kone and seniors Griffin Chase and Nick Wagner combined to give BSU a 7-2 lead early in the game before UMD went on a 10-2 run to take its first lead. Both teams traded leads twice before the Bulldogs began to pull away. Minnesota Duluth went on a 15-2 run over a four-minute span late in the first half to up its lead to 18 points, 40-22. Bemidji State missed five field-goal attempts and gave the ball away five times on turnovers during the run, which included a technical foul on the BSU bench.
After facing a 25-point deficit just over five minutes into the second half, BSU began to charge back to bring the game within nine points with five minutes to play. The Beavers went on a 23-10 run over the nearly 10-minute span, holding the Bulldogs to 5-of-12 from the field with seven turnovers. Six Beavers scored during the run to bring BSU within its closest margin since late in the first half. The Bulldogs scored the next seven points of the game to pull away by double-figures for good.
Bemidji State will close out the regular season schedule with its final home games Feb. 19-20 against the University of Minnesota Crookston. BSU currently stands in sixth in the NSIC North Division standings heading into the final weekend before the NSIC Tournament begins on Feb. 25.
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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).