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BASKETBALL: Bemidji State men, women look to bounce back in final game of 2013

BEMIDJI — After a tough weekend against MSU Moorhead and Northern State last weekend, the BSU men’s and women’s basketball teams will look to bounce back tonight against Minnesota Crookston at the BSU Gym.

The Beavers opened their conference season Nov. 30 in Crookston against the Golden Eagles.

Zach Noreen and Brock Lutes combined for 44 points in a 78-63 win for the men’s team in the first meeting.

“The game at Crookston was a really good game,” men’s head coach Mike Boschee said. “Luckily we were able to build a lead late in the first half and maintain it throughout the second half.

“I am expecting another very tough game from them,” Boschee continued. “They are a team that has greatly improved since last season. I really like their point guard, he runs the show for them and has a great assist-to-turnover ratio.”

After a 3-0 start to the season, Boschee’s team came up empty in two road contests last weekend.

“The biggest focus is just improving on the things we did last weekend,” Boschee said. “If we do that, I will be happy. If both teams play really well and they beat us, I will have to live with it, but we are hoping to play better.”

The women’s team allowed 13 three-pointers in a 104-84 loss to the Golden Eagles earlier this season.

“The first time we played them was like a track meet,” women’s head coach Mike Curfman said. “We have to do a better job of keeping them off of the free throw line. I am anxious to see how our defense has improved.”

Tonight’s action begins at 6 p.m. with the women’s game and the men will follow. Both teams will return to the court after the end of the calendar year when Winona State comes to town on Jan. 3.

“It would be huge to get some momentum before the break,” Curfman said. “The girls have a bit of a break coming up, so hopefully we can play well and go into it on a good note.”