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LOTS OF LUTES: BSU guard Lutes torches U-Mary for near-record 43 points

Zach Noreen dribbles around a U-Mary defender during BSU's 90-77 win Saturday night.

BEMIDJI — University of Mary made it a priority to try to take BSU’s posts out of the game and junior Brock Lutes capitalized.

Lutes delivered with the fifth 40-point game in school history, notching a career-high 43 points to lead the Beavers to a 90-77 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win Saturday at the BSU Gym.

“The rim looked really big tonight,” Lutes said. “Everything seemed like it was going in.”

Lutes’ total of 43 ranks second behind Charles Hanks, who scored 44 points in 2003.

“They really made it difficult to get the ball inside,” BSU head coach Mike Boschee said. “The thing that was open was the perimeter shots and fortunately we were able to knock them down.”

Lutes also fell just one three-pointer short of tying the school record by making eight of his 11 attempts.

Lutes poured in 26 points on 10-of-12 shooting and 5-for-5 from long distance in the first half.

“I was just taking what the defense was giving me,” Lutes said. “I got confidence early on by making my first two shots and it just kept going.”

Lutes and Jake Schalow each connected on a pair of three-pointers to get the Beavers off to a hot start and a build a 16-6 lead in the game’s first five minutes.

Lutes continued his torrid shooting by making three more three-pointers and Dillon Floyd added a triple of his own to give BSU a 38-23 lead with 5:26 left in the first half.

“Especially in the first half, they were doubling Brock and it created a lot of easy looks for the rest of us,” Schalow said. “He would throw it back and we would be playing 4-on-3. If you are a shooter, that is exactly what you want to see.”

The Marauders countered with the hot shooting of Chris Mason, who made back-to-back baskets to increase his first half total to 17 points and cut the deficit to 43-33 with 3:06 remaining in the opening half.

The teams traded baskets for the next three minutes and the Beavers held a 49-39 halftime lead.

As a team, BSU made ten of its 16 three-point attempts in the half.

“That was huge,” Lutes said of the team’s shooting from long distance. “I know that is something I can always count on with this team. Jake is probably the best shooter in the conference and you can rely on anyone else coming in to make their shots too.”

The Beavers’ hot shooting carried over into the second half as Lutes and Schalow each hit from behind the arc to increase the lead to 55-41 with 17:30 left in the game.

A four-point play from Luke Scott trimmed the U-Mary deficit to just eight points at 62-54 with 12:52 remaining.

The Marauders would not get closer than eight points, but they also never trailed by more than 17 points.

“It was really tough to defend them,” Boschee said.

“They are a really good team with really good players and if they are making their perimeter shots, they are tough to handle. I felt like every time they shot the ball, it was going in.”

“They have a lot of athletes and they are well-coached,” Schalow added of the opponents. “They made shots throughout the night to stay in the game. Fortunately for us, they could not stop Brock.”

Schalow finished with 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting and five connections from long distance.

Mason led the Marauders with 23 points.

BSU (17-5, 14-4 NSIC) will look to continue its success at home (11-2 this season) against Minnesota State — the top team in the NSIC — and Concordia-St. Paul next weekend.

“All year long, we have talked about how the next game is always the most important game,” Boschee said. “We also have to look at this as a series of games and not just focus on one game.

BSU 90, U-Mary 77

U-Mary (77) — Mason 8-15 4-6 23; Musungayi 3-6 7-7 13; Decoste 6-10 0-0 12; Jaspers 4-9 0-0 8; Scott 2-3 0-0 7; Lindquist 2-3 0-0 4; Jefferson 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 28-61 15-19 77.

BSU (90) — Lutes 17-24 1-2 43; Schalow 9-12 2-2 25; Farrington 1-2 5-6 7; Noreen 2-8 2-3 6; Rosenbloom 2-4 2-2 6; Floyd 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 32-55 12-16 90.

Halftime score: BSU 49, U-Mary 39