|February 20, 2021||1st||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||UMC||BSU|
|FG Percentage||.455 (30-66)||.627 (42-67)|
|3P FG Percentage||.370 (10-27)||.455 (10-22)|
|FT Percentage||.682 (15-22)||.938 (15-16)|
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BEMIDJI, Minn. (BSU Gymnasium) -- On the final day of his traditional senior career, forward Derek Thompson broke the Bemidji State University men’s basketball single-game scoring record with 45 points against the University of Minnesota Crookston Saturday afternoon at BSU Gymnasium. The Beavers took down the Golden Eagles, 109-85, behind Thompson’s career night to finish the season 7-9 overall and 6-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Thompson’s 45 points came on 17-of-24 shooting from the field, tying the BSU record for field goals made set two previous times. The previous BSU single-game scoring record belonged to Charles Hanks with 44 points set March 1, 2003. Thompson tallied 26 points in the first half Saturday, including 15 straight points for BSU late in the half.
Bemidji State shot 62.7 percent from the field, the second best performance for the team this season, topping 60 percent in both halves. The Beavers again controlled the Golden Eagles in the paint, outscoring UMC in the lane, 60-36, and winning the rebound margin, 38-28.
The Golden Eagles found success offensively over the first five minutes of action, holding an 18-11 lead to come off a 8-0 run. The Beavers flipped the script with a 20-5 run following the 15:37 mark to take an eight-point, 31-23 lead. Thompson then took over the game by scoring 18 of BSU’s next 20 points to keep the lead at eight with 1:58 to play before halftime.
Three Beavers scored as part of a 6-0 run to open the second half to give the team its first double-digit lead of the game. BSU’s lead continued to grow into the 20s behind an efficient offense that went 15-of-20 shooting over the first 10 minutes of the second half. Bemidji State’s lead never dipped below 16 points and went as high as 27 points with 35 seconds to play.
Thompson finished the 2020-21 season with 287 points to move himself to seventh all-time at BSU in career scoring with 1,291 points. He also finishes the season eighth all-time at BSU in rebounding with 556.
Senior guard Nick Wagner chipped in 20 points Saturday while going 7-of-7 from the free throw line. Freshman forward Dalton Albrecht led the BSU bench with 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds. Senior guard Griffin Chase finished his BSU career with eight points on the night, including a 3-pointer on his final field goal attempt to give BSU a 26-point lead with 2:19 remaining in the game.
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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).