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MEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU dominates Mayville in season opener

Bemidji State’s Michael Farrington lays up a shot on a breakaway during the first half of BSU’s win over Mayville State Wednesday night at the BSU Gymnasium. BSU won 95-60. BSU Photo Services1 / 2
Bemidji State's Zach Noreen, left, tries to pass around Mayville State's Adam Edwards during the first half of BSU's 90-65 win Wednesday night at the BSU Gymnasium.2 / 2

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men's basketball team opened its regular season with a convincing 95-60 win over Mayville State Wednesday at the BSU Gym.

Brock Lutes scored a game-high 23 points for Bemidji State (1-0), including 19 in the first half to help the Beavers cruise.

"We were hitting our shots, so it does not get much better than that," Lutes said. "We were playing unselfishly and sharing the ball and it really worked out well."

The Comets (0-1) scored the first five points of the game, but the next 38 minutes was dominated by the Beavers.

A three-pointer and a layup from Zach Noreen capped off a 19-2 run that gave Bemidji State a 19-7 lead with 11:25 left in the first half.

Six minutes later, Devin Bey capped off a 13-1 run with a three-pointer from the corner that gave the Beavers a 41-19 lead.

Lutes delivered an exclamation point to the dominating first half with a pair of three-pointers and a dunk in the final two minutes. Lutes made seven of his eight shot attempts in the first half.

Lutes, a junior, transferred in from Clackamas Community College in Oregon this season.

"It was a good experience," Lutes said of his first regular season game as a Beaver. "Our fans were great and it made my first game in Bemidji a really fun experience."

Bemidji State took a commanding 55-27 lead to the locker room at halftime.

As a team, BSU made 20 of its 30 shot attempts in the first half, while connecting eight times from long distance.

"I wanted to see us play fast, smart, and unselfishly," Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said. "I think I saw all of that, especially late in the first half. Good things were happening, and they look even better when you are making the shots."

Despite a slower pace, the Beavers maintained their lead throughout the second half and cruised to the victory.

"(Mayville State) came out with more intensity in the second half," Boschee said. "They showed fight and played more of a zone in the second half that slowed us down."

"Our offense became a little stagnant against the zone," Lutes added. "They did a nice job of slowing us down and making us work for every basket."

Lutes was joined by Hervy (17), Bey (15) and Noreen (14) in double figures.

Bey added a team-best eight assists and six rebounds on the night.

Bemidji State (1-0) returns to action next Tuesday when it will host Division III Finlandia at 8 p.m.

Mayville State 60

Carroll 13 2-7 8-8, Edwards 10 3-4 1-2, Norton 8 4-9 0-0, Fitz 6 3-5 0-0, Wilson 5 2-3 1-3, Lindsay 4 1-4 1-2, Olson 4 2-9 0-0, Berge 3 1-1 0-0, DeWitt 3 1-3 0-0, Burns 2 1-2 0-0, Herman 2 1-3 0. Totals 60 21-52 11-15.

Bemidji State 95

Lutes 23 9-12 1-4, Hervy 17 5-6 5-5, Bey 15 5-9 3-5, Noreen 14 6-13 0-1, Schalow 9 3-5 2-2, Rosenbloom 6 3-4 0-3, Ellenson 4 1-3 2-4, Best 2 1-2 0-0, Farrington 2 1-2 0-0, Floyd 2 0-2 2-2, Risseeuw 1 0-0 1-2. Totals 95 34-63 15-25.

Halftime: Bemidji State 55, Mayville State 27

Attendance 867