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Men's basketball: Winona edges BSU in overtime

Bemidji State’s Shane White snatches an offensive rebound and scores against Winona’s Mark Blacklock during Friday’s game. Monte Draper | Bemidji Pioneer

BEMIDJI — BSU nearly handed the Winona State men’s basketball team its first loss in NSIC play, but the Beavers fell short in an 87-86 overtime battle Friday at the BSU gym.

Taylor Cameron rebounded his own miss and put back the game-winning shot with 18 seconds remaining in overtime to provide the winning points in a game that was exciting from start to finish.

Winona State, the conference’s leading scoring offense, jumped ahead to an early 16-3 advantage after just four minutes of play.

“I don’t know what it was,” BSU head coach Mike Boschee said of his team’s slow start. “We just did not come out with the intensity that you need to have against a great team like Winona State.”

To make matters worse for the Beavers, leading rebounder Maxie Rosenbloom picked up his second foul in the game’s opening minutes and did not see the floor for the remaining 16 minutes of the half.

Shane White and Dillon Floyd filled in nicely by combining for 14 points while spelling Rosenbloom and Zach Noreen (who also had two fouls) in the first half.

“They got in foul trouble early on and coach trusted us,” Floyd said. “We made some good plays right away and capitalize on the minutes we were given.”

“It did not look good with all of those guys in foul trouble,” Boschee said. “The guys have been getting better every day. Today they were called on and they gave us a huge boost.”

Floyd finished with 11 points in 23 minutes.

Entering Friday’s contest, Floyd and White had combined to score just a total of 16 points this season.

Floyd and White, along with four steals from Michael Farrington, fueled a BSU comeback that trimmed the deficit to as few as one point at 36-35 with 2:17 left in the half but the Warriors increased their lead to 42-38 at the break.

Winona State extended its advantage to 54-45 in the opening five minutes of the second half but BSU cut the deficit down to one point at 58-57 with 9:22 remaining.

A layup from Brock Lutes gave the Beavers their first lead since the game’s opening minute at 63-61 with 7:30 left in the game.

The back and forth play continued for the remainder of the game as neither team led by more than four points.

Trailing by one with 6.9 seconds remaining, Cameron made one of two free throw attempts to force overtime.

Skyler O’Laughlin committed his fifth foul and added a technical foul to give Jake Schalow four free throws and give the Beavers a 80-76 lead early in the extra period.

BSU had an opportunity to win the game in the following 15 seconds of overtime but Lutes was denied by a group of Warriors defenders in the lane.

Riley Bambenek led all scorers with 24 points. Kellen Taylor added 16 points and 16 rebounds for Winona State.

Noreen led the Beavers offense with 16 points. Schalow added 14 points.

“It is really nice to see the guys battle all the way through,” Boschee said. “In hindsight, we want to take care of our home court, regardless of the opponent. That is the hard part to swallow. We wanted the win.”

BSU (7-4, 4-3 NSIC) will look to get back in the wvictory column against Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. tonight.

“We just have to get over this loss,” Floyd said. “We have to come into the game against Upper Iowa with a fresh mindset.”

Winona State 87, BSU 86, OT

Winona State (87): Bambenek 8-15 5-7 24; Taylor 5-7 5-6 16; Bauman 5-11 2-2 13; Blacklock 3-4 5-6 12; O’Laughlin 4-6 0-5 8; Masberg 1-3 0-0 2; Gray 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 28-56 25-36 87.

BSU (86): Noreen 7-14 1-4 16; Schalow 3-5 7-7 14; Hervy 3-7 5-7 12; Lutes 4-13 1-2 11; Floyd 4-6 2-2 11; Farrington 3-4 0-1 8; White 3-5 0-0 7; Rosenbloom 2-7 3-5 7. Totals 29-61 19-28 86.

Halftime: Winona State 42, BSU 38