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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Sioux Falls snaps BSU winning streak at eight

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The BSU men’s basketball team had its eight-game winning streak snapped in an 87-78 loss to Sioux Falls Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action.

Sioux Falls never trailed in the game and was aided by an 11-2 run to end the first half. The Cougars (11-9, 8-8 NSIC) led by double digits for most of the second half.

Back-to-back three-pointers from Jordan Stotts and Derek Brown broke a 9-9 tie to give the Cougars an early 15-9 lead after five minutes of play.

DJ Hervy got the Beavers within one with a three-pointer of his at 26-25 with 8:34 left in the first half.

USF never lost its lead, but still only led 30-27 with four minutes remaining until the break.

Stotts poured in two three-pointers that helped fuel the 11-2 run that gave the Cougars a 41-29 lead at halftime.

With the loss, the Beavers (15-5, 12-4 NSIC) are now 1-5 this season when trailing at the half.

A three-pointer from Jake Schalow and a basket from Michael Farrington helped cut the deficit to single digits at 49-41 with 14:31 left in the game.

Sioux Falls answered quickly to push the lead back to 15 points at 56-41. That became a trend throughout much of the second half.

Four times over the next ten minutes, BSU trailed by just eight or nine points, but each time USF answered with a basket or two to keep the difference larger than two possessions.

A three-pointer from Brown gave the Cougars a 76-63 lead with 5:06 remaining.

Finally, the Beavers were able to get within two possessions of tying the game, as Hervy connected on a pair of three-pointers to shrink the deficit to 80-74 with 2:29 left on the clock.

Hervy added a pair of free throws to get the Beavers within four, its smallest deficit in over 20 minutes of play, but Sioux Falls sealed the win.

BSU’s eight-game overall winning streak was not the only one to come to an end, as its five-game winning streak on the road was also halted with the loss.

Charles Ward led the Cougars with 21 points and seven rebounds on the night.

The Beavers were led by Noreen, who poured in 24 points and pulled-down seven rebounds. Schalow added 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the floor.

Junior Brock Lutes, who had averaged 23.9 points per game over the last eight games, was limited to just six points on 3-of-13 shooting.

BSU will look to begin a new winning streak as it returns home next weekend to host Minot State and University of Mary.

Sioux Falls 87, Bemidji State 78

BSU (78) — Noreen 8-17 5-5 24; Schalow 6-6 1-1 17; Rosenbloom 4-8 6-7 14; Hervy 3-7 4-4 13; Lutes 3-13 0-0 6; Farrington 1-5 0-0 2; Floyd 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 26-57 16-17 78.

USF (87) — Ward 6-12 6-8 21, Stotts 6-13 0-0 16; Brown 3-4 6-6 14; Johnson 5-6 0-0 12; Goffney 2-6 2-2 7; Kielpinski 2-2 2-4 6; Finneman 2-5 0-0 5; Jones 1-2 2-4 4; Rayburn 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 28-51 18-24 87.

Halftime score: USF 41, BSU 27