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Bemidji State’s Devin Bey drives the baseline while being defended by Michigan Tech’s Austin Armga during the first half of a non-conference basketball game Tuesday night at BSU Gymnasium. BSU Photo Services

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Beavers can't tame Huskies' shooters in loss to Michigan Tech

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BEMIDJI — Michigan Tech shot 68 percent from long distance in its 81-74 win over Bemidji State Tuesday at the BSU Gym.

The Huskies connected on 13 of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc and hold off a late BSU comeback attempt to improve to 3-0 on the season.

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“I knew going in that they were going to be a really good shooting team,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said. “I did not really except for them to go off like they did. I did not feel like we did a poor job defending them, there were they would use such a quick release to get it off in time.”

The two teams almost literally traded baskets for the first ten minutes of the game, as the score was knotted up at 19 midway through the first half.

Zach Noreen scored the next seven points for BSU to spark a 7-2 run that build a 26-21 lead, the biggest of the half for BSU.

Noreen scored 16 of his team-high 25 points in the first half. He shot 8-11 from the floor and made all seven of his free throw attempts on the night.

“He was huge tonight,” Boschee said of Noreen. “He’s taken responsibility to become the player that we need him to be. Once he gets inside, he can score in a variety of ways and we need a guy like that in order to win.”

The Huskies answered with lights-out shooting from long distance to aid a 21-10 run to close the half with a 42-36 lead.

Michigan Tech made six of its seven three-point attempts in the first half.

The Beavers bounced back after the break, as they started the second half with a 12-5 run to grab a 47-46 lead with 14:37 remaining.

For the following ten minutes, neither team built a lead larger than four, but the Huskies led 70-67 with 4:30 left in the game.

Trailing by six points with a minute left, the Beavers need to make a stop on the defensive end to keep their hopes alive. Michael Farrington came away with a steal that set up a three-pointer from Noreen to cut the lead in half at 77-74 with just 43 seconds left.

A double-dribble on Tech gave BSU the ball back with a chance to tie the game, but DJ Hervy could not get his three-pointer to fall and the Huskies tacked on free throws in the final seconds to seal the win.

Ben Stelzer led all scorers with 29 points with six made three-pointers. Austin Armga followed with 23 points for the Huskies.

Maxie Rosenbloom contributed 15 points for the Beavers, while Jake Schalow scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

The win was the third for Michigan Tech over a NSIC team. The Huskies defeated Minnesota Duluth by 20 points and Southwest Minnesota State by 22 points earlier this season.

“I am not satisfied with a loss, but in the same respect I can coach the reasons why we did lose tonight,” Boschee said. “It was not because of a lack of talent or lack of effort. If we can fix some of our fundamental things, we can be a pretty good team down the stretch.”

Bemidji State (3-1) will begin conference play Saturday at 4 p.m. as it travels to take on Minnesota Crookston.

“Obviously we have to be ready or not,” Boschee said of beginning conference play. “We have a couple of days to work on the things we did not do so well tonight and hopefully we can execute a little bit better on Saturday.”

Michigan Tech 81, Bemidji State 74

MICHIGAN TECH (3-0)

Stelzer 9-19 5-6 29; Armga 6-12 9-9 23; McLeod 4-5 0-0 9; Culy 2-3 4-4 9; Chartier 2-3 0-0 6; Hawke 1-3 0-0 3; Heller 1-3 0-2 2; Harris 0-1 0-0 0; Hecht 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 25-51 18-21 81.

BEMIDJI STATE (3-1)

Noreen 8-11 7-7 25; Rosenbloom 5-6 5-7 15; Schalow 3-74-4 11; Lutes 3-8 2-2 8; Farrington 2-8 3-4 7; Hervy 2-7 0-0 6; Ellenson 1-1 0-0 2; Bey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-50 21-24 74.

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