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Men's basketball: BSU crushes Crookston 103-61

BEMIDJI — BSU senior Jake Schalow turned in a career-night in a 103-61 win over Minnesota Crookston Friday at the BSU gym.

Schalow scored a career-best 30 points on 10-of-13 shooting while hitting 7-of-8 from beyond the arc.

“Jake is someone whot usually does not get many good looks,” BSU head coach Mike Boschee said. “Opponents are trying to take him out of the game. They usually sacrifice a mismatch with Max or Zach to cover Jake, but tonight they were not finding him in transition. If you let a good shooter like him get going, it is going to be tough to stop him.”

Schalow connected on a pair of three-pointers to help the Beavers jump ahead to a 12-5 lead after five minutes of play.

“Once I got a few open looks from teammates and knocked down some shots it feels like I was throwing it into the ocean,” Schalow said. “It is a surreal feeling.”

A three-pointer from Brock Lutes increased the lead to 19-11 with 11:26 left in the first half.

BSU outscored UMC 16-6 in the final four minutes of the stanza to build a 48-31 halftime lead.

“It was huge to open it up before halftime,” Schalow said. “It gave us a big burst in momentum heading into halftime and we came out and played well to start the second half.”

Schalow scored 14 of BSU’s 16 points in the run and finished the first half with 23 points, surpassing his previous career-high of 21 points, while making six of seven attempts from long distance.

Lutes scored the first six points of the second half to extend the lead to 23 points at 54-31.

Zach Noreen hit three consecutive jump shots and DJ Hervy added a layup to push the lead to 30 points at 69-39 with 11:13 remaining in the contest.

BSU coasted to victory by shooting 69 percent from the floor, 61 percent on three-point shots and 94 percent at the charity stripe.

“It stands out,” Schalow said of the team’s offensive outburst. “When you play in the conference it is a whole different level, so this game stands out because it was a conference game.”

Lutes added 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while Noreen added 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

“We did a great job of playing team basketball,” Boschee said. “We had a bad weekend last weekend, so I was a little concerned to see how we would bounce back.”

BSU (7-3, 4-2 NSIC) snapped a two-game losing skid with the win and will return to action Jan. 3 at home against Winona State.

“A loss would have made the break a little sleepless,” Schalow said. “Now it is starting to feel like Christmas. We have got to look forward to the next games, but it is huge to close out 2013 with a win on the home floor.”

“It feels really good,” Boschee added. “It makes everything about Christmas a little bit better.”

Minnesota Crookston (61): Harrell 6-12 3-4 17; Redd 6-10 0-0 13; Lubke 3-5 0-0 8; Burns 3-6 2-2 8; Larson 2-8 0-0 5; Hughes 2-5 0-0 5; Howell 1-4 0-0 3; Koguashvili 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 24-61 5-6 61.

BSU (103): Schalow 10-13 3-3 30; Lutes 7-13 3-4 19; Noreen 6-10 2-2 16; Farrington 3-4 4-4 10; Hervy 4-7 0-0 8; Rosenbloom 3-3 1-1 7; Litchy 2-2 0-0 6; Floyd 1-1 2-2 4; Tesdahl 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 37-54 15-16 103.

Halftime score: BSU 48, Minnesota Crookston 31