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The Bemidji Lumberjacks controlled play for the most part Thursday night in dispensing Detroit Lakes 66-52 at the Fieldhouse.

It was the Jacks third straight win, lifting their record to 8-4.

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They close a busy week tomorrow night at 6 at Sauk Rapids.

Bemidji made harder work than it might have against the Lakers, taking large leads in each half, then seeing them evaporate with some loose play.

But when they needed it, they turned up the heat and finished with a 17-9 run to widen out the final margin to a comfortable 14 points.

Some excellent free throw shooting down the stretch told the story as Bemidji canned 21-23 from the foul line as DL had to foul to gain possession.

Carey Woods hit 11-12, all but two after the break.

DL opened quickly, draining two treys to take an 8-0 lead.

But Bemidji answered with a run of 11, on a pair of Mitch brown treys and one by Harley Kroening to take an 11-8 advantage. At 19-15, the Jacks ran another string of 10 before settling for a 31-20 halftime lead. No one had more than six at this juncture.

But Bemidji came out strong to start the second half and worked the lead to 45-31 after five minutes and seemed ready to put the game away.

But a five minute stretch of loose ball handling and weak shooting allowed the Lakers to draw back to 45-41 after scoring ten points in succession.

It was 49-43 when Bemidji opened its last major push, scoring seven straight to open the game to 56-43 and held the lead the rest of the way.

The Jacks paraded to the foul line in the final minutes and missed only one attempt.

Wood led the attack with 18, Ryan Rude followed with 10 and three others ended with eight in a well balanced attack.

Connor McLeod, Conner Hedstrom and Rick Hutchinson all had 11 for DL.

The loss dropped the Lakers to 8-8.

The two teams divided the preliminaries. Bemidji won the B Game 64-62 in overtime and the Freshmen dropped to 1-8 with a 60-59 setback. Billy Baumgartner hit 19 and Austin Kovach 12 for Bemidji.

BEMIDJI (660 Rude 4 0-0 1 10; Frost 1 2-3 3 4; Richardson 1 0-0 2 2; Czar Woods 2 4-4 4 8; Carey Woods 3 11-12 3 18; Kroening 2 2-2 2 8; Brown 2 2-2 1 8; Rutledge 1 0-0 1 4; Declusin 0 0-0 0 0; Kane 2 0-0 1 4; Totals: 19 21-23 18 66

DETROIT LAKES (52) Stalberger 2 0-0 2 4; Herdstrom 4 0-0 4 11; Hutchinson 2 5-6 1 11; McLeod 3 3-7 4 11; Fode 4 0-0 1 7; Gilson 2 0-2 5 4; Guetter 2 0-0 1 4; Totals: 15 8-15 20 52

Three point field goals; Bemidji 7 (Rude 2, Kroening 2, Brown 2, Carey Woods); DL 7 (Hedstrom 2, Hutchinson 2, McLeod 2, Fode)

Rebounds; Bemidji 35, DL 36

Turnovers: Bemidji 15, DL 21

Officials: Pat Pollard and Dan Persons

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BEMIDJI B (64) Cervenka 17, Hengel 11, Hendricks 11, Rutledge 8, Vonasek 7, Sullivan 4, Declusin 2, Supalla 2, Mills 2, Berndt, Fodness,. Baker, Fraley 0

DETPOIT LAKES (62) Manning 26, Baukol 20, Gilson 7, Singer 5, Hoganson 2, Dorff 2

Halftime score: DL 26, Bemidji 23

Regulation 55-55

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BEMIDJI C (59) Baumgartner 19, Kovach 12, Fairbanks 6, McNallan 5, Hovila 5, Rainey 4, Sommer 3, Kroening 3, Huseby 2, Theisen, Spangler, McLean, Hogan, Leinen, Cermak 0'

DL (69) McLeod 19, VanOffen13, Long 8, Eiter 7

Halftime score: DL 36, Bemidji 27

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