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Bemidji State basketball: Baldwin's shot stuns Mavericks, gives BSU win

MANKATO -- Samantha Baldwin's layup with six seconds remaining in regulation gave the Bemidji State women's basketball team a 61-59 victory against Minnesota State University, Mankato at the Taylor Center Friday night.

The Beavers shot 53.1 percent from the field in the game and 54.5 percent from beyond the arc in the second half in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.

"It takes character to pull out a win like that," said head coach Mike Curfman. "Samantha Baldwin hit a great shot in a high-pressure situation. It's tough to win on the road in this league. I hope we can take the positives we learned from this game and use it in the future."

All 10 Beaver (11-8, 5-7 NSIC) players that saw the floor scored in the game, led by freshman Katie Pettit's 13 points. The 53.1 percent from the field is the second best output from the Beavers this season. BSU scored 32 points in the paint to MSU's (10-9, 5-7 NSIC) 14 points.

Baldwin scored the winning-basket on a desperation layup after coming up with a rebound in the paint. The shot came as the shot clock expired.

Mankato's attempt to win the game on a half-court shot at the buzzer bounced high off the glass.

Katie Pettit had a team-high 13 points and was the only BSU player to reach double-figures scoring. She also had a team-high six rebounds.

The Beavers complete the NSIC road trip tomorrow with a 6 p.m. tilt at Southwest Minnesota State University.

MANKATO -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota State University, Mankato 108-66 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the Taylor Center Friday.

The Beavers battled with the high-powered Mavericks for the game's first nine minutes, trading baskets and runs. MSU went out to a 10-2 lead, but BSU battled back and cut it to a two point deficit with a 8-2 run to make the score 12-10 MSU.

The Mavericks increased the lead to six with 14:59 on the clock, but a sophomore Jake Lindstrom shot from downtown cut the deficit to one at 18-17 with 14:01 reading on the scoreboard. MSU then utilized its multiple-threat offense and jumped out to a 10-point lead with a 13-4 run, holding a 31-21 lead with 10:19 remaining in the half. The Mavericks were then off to the races and closed the half with a 23-10 run to own a 54-31 lead at the half.

The second half was more of the home team as they took a 31-point lead at 71-40 with 15:33 on the clock. MSU kept rolling through the final buzzer, winning by 42 with a score of 108-66.

All 10 active members of the active roster saw playing time and logged at least 14 minutes, with each player getting in the scoring column.

Lindstrom led the squad with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field. Freshman Lance Rongstad was the only other Beaver to score in double-figures, netting 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field, while adding four rebounds. Freshman Mason Walters scored eight points and added a team-high five rebounds.

BSU shot 42.6 percent from the field, but MSU was 55.9 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc, hitting 11 3-pointers. MSU had five players in double-figures.