|February 19, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.394 (26-66)||.586 (41-70)|
|3P FG Percentage||.393 (11-28)||.316 (6-19)|
|FT Percentage||.824 (14-17)||.700 (7-10)|
Jassey-Demba - 5
TEAM - 5
Kone - 4
Lyman - 2
Dixon - 1
Jassey-Demba - 1
BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- The post-play of senior Derek Thompson and junior Cody Landwehr propelled Bemidji State University men’s basketball to a 95-77 win over the University of Minnesota Crookston Friday night at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers outscored the Golden Eagles, 64-20, in the lane to improve to 6-9 overall and 5-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Landwehr led BSU with 21 points while Thompson recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Both shot 9-of-14 from the floor while seniors Tyler Behrendt and Griffin Chase, and junior guard Mohamed Kone each also topped 10 points scoring.
On the night, Bemidji State finished shooting 58.6 percent for its second-best shooting performance of the season. Of BSU’s 41 total field goals made, only six came from 3-point range while the Beavers’ defense held the Golden Eagles to 39.4 percent shooting. BSU also won the rebound battle, 39-32, and outscored UMC in fast break points, 19-5.
Two 3-pointers from UMC’s Leonard Dixon gave the Golden Eagles and early 6-2 lead, the team’s largest of the night, before BSU answered with a 12-4 run to go ahead, 14-10. Minnesota Crookston hit a 3-pointer to cut back within one point, but Bemidji State answered with another run of 13-3 to break the game open. The Beavers’ lead didn’t dip below nine points for the remainder of the half after shooting 62.5 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes of play.
Coming out of a 17-point, 49-32 lead at halftime, the BSU offense continued to click with an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 25 points, 57-32. Nearly eight minutes into the second half, Landwehr flushed down a dunk from senior guard Nick Wagner to give BSU its largest lead of the night at 28, 73-45. Bemidji State again shot over 50 percent from the floor in the second half and kept Minnesota Crookston down by at least 16 points the rest of the game.
Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston will finish the regular season Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 3:30 p.m. 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).