|November 23, 2021||1st||2nd||Final|
|Stats at a Glance||BSU||UMC|
|FG Percentage||.338 (22-65)||.431 (28-65)|
|3P FG Percentage||.353 (6-17)||.278 (5-18)|
|FT Percentage||.636 (7-11)||.667 (6-9)|
Goodridge - 9
Dibiamaka - 3
Sitzmann - 3
Sutherland - 2
CROOKSTON, Minn. (Lysaker Gymnasium) -- Bemidji State University men’s basketball shot a season-low from the field during a 67-57 loss to the University of Minnesota Crookston to begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. Sophomore forward John Sutherland led the Beavers (2-1, 0-1 NSIC) with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting despite the team shooting 33.8 percent from the field.
After winning the opening tip, senior guard Mohamed Kone took a pass from fellow senior guard Tyler Behrendt and hit a 3-pointer for the game’s first points. The Beavers then went cold from the floor missing their next nine field goals over a five-minute span. The Golden Eagles converted three of seven shots during that span to take an 8-3 lead.
Behrendt came up with a 3-pointer to snap the streak and bring BSU within two points 4:58 into play. Following a free throw from Sutherland, UMC went on a 10-4 run over a span of 3:30 to take an 18-11 lead. Sutherland made his first basket of the game and scored seven points of a 9-0 run to give the Beavers a 20-18 lead with 6:55 to play in the first half.
Bemidji State was limited from the floor again over the next 3:43, shooting 1-of-5 with three turnovers given away. Minnesota Crookston went 5-of-9 shooting during the span to take a 31-22 lead. Senior guard Gare Ewefada put in two scores as part of a 6-2 run for BSU to close the half, facing a 33-28 deficit heading into the second half.
After a 2-of-8 start to the second half, Bemidji State went on an 11-2 run to cut its deficit to five points, 49-44, heading into the 10-minute media timeout. Ewefada scored eight points for the Beavers during the run before Bianco brought BSU within four points, 51-47, on a 3-pointer with 7:10 to play.
The Golden Eagles hit a 3-pointer to answer the Beavers’ and scored baskets after each of the next three BSU field goals to extend its lead to seven, 60-53. Bemidji State put in just one of its final six shots in the game while Minnesota Crookston hit 4-of-7 to hand BSU its first loss in conference play.
Ewefada finished second on BSU with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Sutherland neared a double-double for the second time this season while also leading BSU with nine rebounds. Minnesota Crookston shot 43.1 percent from the field and won the rebound margin, 50-34.
Bemidji State returns to action at the Eckerd Thanksgiving Classic with games against the host Eckerd College at 12 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 and the University of Tampa at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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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).