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MEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU men get back on track with big win over Minot

BEMIDJI — After going nearly a month without a loss, BSU head men’s coach Mike Boschee had reason to worry how his team would rebound from a loss at Sioux Falls last weekend.

His group responded with an 83-60 win over Minot State Friday at the BSU Gym.

“You are always concerned as a coach,” Boschee said. “I do feel like we have a good nucleus of players that are committed to doing things the right way every time they step on the floor. That eases the concern a little bit.”

Brock Lutes led BSU (16-5, 13-4 NSIC) with 30 points, including 18 in the first half to help fuel BSU’s early lead.

Senior Zach Noreen scored the first six points for BSU, but three-pointers from E.J. Williams and Thomas Korf helped Minot State take an early 11-7 lead after five minutes of play.

Michael Farrington, Dillon Floyd and Lutes all scored to provide a quick 10-0 answer for BSU and regain the lead at 17-11.

The last basket during the 10-0 run started a span where Lutes scored 14 of the team’s 20 points which helped extend BSU’s lead to double digits at 34-24 with 4:58 left in the first half.

“We just played well,” Boschee said. “Minot is a really good basketball team that is better than its record says. Brock was pretty aggressive tonight and when he is playing at that high of a level it makes the team better.”

BSU led by as many as a dozen in the first half, but a three-pointer from Dan Yale capped off a 7-0 Minot run that trimmed the deficit to 42-37 at the half.

“I think I missed my first four shots, so I thought it was going to be another long night,” Lutes said of his first half. “My shot started to fall and my teammates gave me confidence by telling me to keep shooting and after that I did not look back.”

BSU quickly regained its double digit lead at 51-41 thanks to a three-pointer from Noreen with 16:23 left to play.

A pair of three-pointers from Jake Schalow fueled a 10-0 run that gave BSU its first 20-point advantage of the night at 67-46 with 12:10 remaining.

Noreen and fellow senior forward Maxie Rosenbloom provided a major advantage for BSU in the paint that led to a 42-25 rebounding difference.

“We count on them,” Boschee said of his senior big men. “I don’t think you can have a high-caliber team if you do not have guys you can go to around the rim and count on them to finish.”

Rosenbloom posted a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Noreen scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds.

“They make it a lot easier,” Lutes said. “I get a lot of transition points because of their rebounding ability. I love playing with those two guys and I wouldn’t trade them for anybody.”

Samuel Johnson led Minot State with 13 points. The Beavers fall to 7-14 overall and 3-14 in the NSIC.

With the win, BSU improves to 4-1 in games after a loss.

“I was not really concerned,” Lutes said of bouncing back from last week’s loss, “not with this team. We have so much fight. That preseason prediction keeps us going, so one loss just motivated us to work harder this week.”

BSU will look to pick up a fifth consecutive win at home tonight at 6 p.m. against University of Mary.

BSU 83, Minot State 60

Minot State (60) — Johnson 5-10 2-2 13; Williams 5-8 0-0 12; Yale 3-11 2-2 11; Korf 2-5 3-4 8; Randall 2-4 2-4 0-0 5; Mertens 1-5 2-4 4; East 1-4 2-4 4; Brandt 1-1 0-0 2; McDonald 0-6 1-2 1. Totals 20-58 12-19 60.

BSU (83) — Lutes 10-18 7-8 30; Noreen 8-12 1-1 19; Rosenbloom 5-8 2-3 12; Farrington 3-5 0-0 7; Schalow 2-4 0-0 6; Fischer 2-3 0-2 5; Floyd 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 32-60 10-14 83.

Halftime: BSU 42, Minot State 37