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Men's basketball: Strong bench play lifts Moorhead past BSU

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MOORHEAD — MSU Moorhead’s strong bench contribution led to a 77-68 win over BSU Friday in Moorhead.

Moorhead’s bench, led by 12 points from Tarell Clark and Urbane Bingham, outscored BSU’s bench 39-1 in the contest.

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Sparked by five points from DJ Hervy, the Beavers jumped to an 11-3 lead in the first five minutes but the Dragons answered with a 13-2 run in the next five minutes to take a 16-13 lead.

A three-pointer from Taylor Filipek pushed the lead to double digits for the first time, at 32-22 with 4:34 remaining in the half.

Maxie Rosenbloom hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the half to cut the deficit to single digits at 37-28 at intermission.

Rosenbloom, Hervy, and Zach Noreen each delivered multiple baskets in the first 10 minutes of the second half to help slice the deficit to just two points at 52-50.

Moorhead, however, responded with a 13-0 run, with Noreen on the bench with four fouls, to increase its lead to 65-50 with 6:08 to play.

The Beavers trimmed the deficit to single digits at 67-58, but were set back when Noreen picked up his fifth foul.

Hervy turned in his best performance of the season as he led all scorers with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Rosenbloom, Noreen, Brock Lutes and Jake Schalow joined him in double figures.

Jordan Riewer connected on four three-pointers and led the Dragons with 16 points.

BSU (6-2, 3-1 NSIC) will look to bounce back from its first conference loss as it will take on Northern State today at 7 p.m. in Aberdeen, S.D.

BSU (68): Hervy 9-14 3-3 23; Rosenbloom 4-7 5-8 13; Noreen 5-11 1-2 11; Lutes 4-13 2-2 10; Schalow 3-5 3-4 10; Ellenson 0-0 1-2 1; White 0-0 0-0 0; Farrington 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 15-21 68.

MSU Moorhead (77) : Riewer 6-10 0-0 16; Clark 6-11 0-0 12; Bingham 2-7 8-8 12; Filipek 3-4 2-2 9; Vaughn 3-10 0-0 9; Williams 1-5 3-4 5; Nelson 2-6 0-0 5; Figini 1-2 1-4 3; Songolo 0-2 2-2 2; Wood 0-1 2-2 2; Lien 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 25-62 18-22 77.

Halftime: MSU Moorhead 37, BSU 28

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