Bulldogs edge out Beavers in triple overtime thriller, 91-80

February 22, 20201st2nd3rd4th1OT 2OT 3OT Final
Minn. Duluth151614171261191
Bemidji St.11131127126080
Stats at a GlanceUMDBSU
FG Percentage.417 (30-72) .418 (28-67)
3P FG Percentage.188 (3-16) .208 (5-24)
FT Percentage.824 (28-34) .864 (19-22)
Offensive Rebounds1010
Defensive Rebounds2934
Total Rebounds3944
Bench Points1832
PointsStark - 24
Heittola - 32
ReboundsGrow - 7
TEAM - 7
Heittola - 13
AssistsThiesen - 4
Myer - 7
StealsThiesen - 7
Bachmann - 2
Zerr - 2
BlocksStark - 2
Heittola - 2
Bulldogs edge out Beavers in triple overtime thriller, 91-80
Saturday, February 22, 2020
Bulldogs edge out Beavers in triple overtime thriller, 91-80

BEMIDJI, MINN. (BSU Gymnasium) -- Sophomore guard Trinity Myer exploded for 17 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night for Bemidji State University in an effort that forced three overtimes during a 91-80 loss to the University of Minnesota Duluth at BSU Gymnasium.

Myer entered the fourth quarter with seven points and helped BSU outscore UMD in the period, 27-17. The Beavers finish the regular season 9-17 overall and 6-16 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference after being shut out in the third overtime period.

Bemidji State found itself down early as Minnesota Duluth opened the game on a 15-5 run over seven minutes of action. The Beavers kept the Bulldogs off the scoreboard for the final 2:55 of the first quarter to trail by just four, 15-11, heading into the second. BSU pulled to within one, 17-16, early in the second quarter on a 3-pointer by sophomore forward Claire Wolhowe and a layup by freshman Rachael Heittola. UMD was able to extend its lead to seven points, 31-24, by halftime and took a game-high 13-point lead, 45-32, late in the third quarter.

With Heittola at 19 points through the first three quarters, the next highest BSU scorer was Myer with seven points to that point. Myer became hot shooting and scored the first nine points of the fourth quarter for the Beavers. With just over four minutes in regulation, Myer sparked a 13-4 run that ended with a layup from her with eight seconds to play to force overtime. The BSU defense held UMD to 2-of-5 shooting and scored five points off three turnovers over the final four minute span.

After trailing for the entire game, BSU grabbed its first lead off two Heittola free throws to start the first overtime. UMD was able to score six straight points to take a five-point lead, but Heittola and junior guard Brooklyn Bachmann combined for all 10 BSU points of a 10-5 run to force a second overtime. In the second overtime, the Beavers faced another two-possession deficit but forced yet another overtime as Heittola scored three points in the extra time followed by a 3-pointer by Bachmann with six seconds remaining.

Both teams combined to miss their first six field goals in the third overtime before UMD eventually put in two baskets with 2:30 to play. Two BSU turnovers led to the UMD baskets while the Beavers also failed to score in the third overtime. The three overtime game was the longest game for BSU since playing a three-overtime game Dec. 5, 2015 at Minnesota Duluth.

Heittola led all scorers with a career-high 32 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor and 14-of-16 from the free-throw line. She also led all players with a career-high 13 rebounds for her third career double-double. Myer finished the game with 24 points, seven assists and six rebounds.

The Beavers shot 41.8 percent (28-67) from the field, 20.8 percent (5-24) from beyond the arc and 86.4 percent (19-22) from the free-throw line. BSU won the rebound margin, 44-39, but allowed the Bulldogs to score 24 points off 22 turnovers. UMD was held to 18.8 percent (3-16) from beyond the arc but shot 82.4 percent (28-34) from the free-throw line.

Bemidji State will begin the NSIC Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D.

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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).