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MEN'S BASKETBALL: BSU takes down Bulldogs

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team snapped its seven game skid Saturday night at the Sanford Center, topping Minnesota Duluth 86-78 with a trio of 20-point scorers.

Jai’Vionne Green, Sharif Black and Lucas Wendt combined for 63 points on 20-for-28 shooting, propelling the Beavers (4-10, 2-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) to its second win in conference play, both of which have come against the Bulldogs (4-11, 3-6 NSIC).

After falling behind 41-40 at the break, BSU fought through 12 lead changes and four ties with UMD in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

But when Green broke a 61-61 tie with a jumper, Bemidji State grabbed a 63-61 edge and never surrendered it again.

Duluth hung around for a while, but Wendt hit a jumper of his own for a 77-69 lead with 3 minutes, 16 seconds to play. Later, a shifty stop-and-go layup by Black gave BSU an 83-74 advantage with 50 seconds remaining. It served as the final nail in the coffin for the 86-78 win.

Green tied his career-high with 22 points, while Black finished with 21 and Wendt recorded a career-high 20. Will Harvey added 11 points in the victory, as well.

The Beavers will be back in action at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, from the Sanford Center against Minnesota Crookston.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently a senior studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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