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Bemidji HS boys basketball team stops Moorhead in OT

Carey Woods tied the game 62-62 with a 3-point basket with 0.05 seconds remaining in regulation and Cody Rutledge scored on a rebound with 10 seconds left in overtime to lift the Bemidji boys basketball team to a 68-67 victory at Moorhead Thursday.

The win avenged Bemidji's only loss of the winter as the Spuds defeated the Lumberjacks 84-78 a month ago in Bemidji.

As was the case in the previous meeting BHS and Moorhead staged another classic battle. Bemidji held the edge in the opening 18 minutes and owned a 32-21 lead at intermission.

The Lumberjacks extended that cushion to 44-31 with 9:30 to play in regulation and seemingly had things well in hand.

But the Spuds were not about to go quietly.

"It was a tale of two halves," said BHS coach Jeff Brown. "Moorhead shot very well in the second half and that is what you have to expect when you come here."

The Spuds used a 7-0 run to climb within 44-38 with eight minutes to play but rebound baskets by Rutledge and Ryan Rude upped Bemidji's cushion to 48-39. The home team, however, answered with another 6-0 spurt to climb within 48-45.

A minute later Travis Hand converted from close range to tie the game 50-50 and his dunk with 10 seconds to play gave the home team a 62-59 advantage.

With no time outs to work with the Lumberjacks quickly headed into the offensive zone and Woods silenced the crowd by hitting a tying 3-pointer from the left wing and regulation ended 62-62.

"Carey had two or three guys hanging on him when he let go with the 3-pointer," Brown said. "It was a great shot."

Woods maintained his hot hand to start the overtime as he scored from the paint 90 seconds into the session to give the Jacks a 64-62 lead.

Moorhead eventually regained the advantage at 67-66 with 20 seconds to play but Rutledge won the battle of the rebounders 10 seconds later to grab an offensive board and score the winning basket on the put-back.

"That was a great rebound basket," the coach said. "We did some nice things down the stretch, including the baskets by Woods and Rutledge."

Woods finished with 29 points while Rude had 14 and Mitch Brown 10. Rude and Brown also had the assignment of stopping Moorhead's most potent weapon, Aaron Lien, and they teamed to limit Lien to 17 points.

"Our goal was to hold Lien under 20 and Ryan and Mitch did a great job chasing him all over the court," the coach said.

Bemidji, 14-1, returns home 4 p.m. Saturday to face section rival St. Cloud Apollo.

Bemidji (68): Hengel 0, 0-0, 0; Rude 5, 3-7, 14; Kroening 0, 0-0, 0; Rutledge 4, 0-3, 8; Brown 4, 1-2, 10; Woods 13, 0-0, 29; Richardson 3, 1-2, 7; Declusin 0, 0-0, 0; Vonasek 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 29, 5-14, 68

Moorhead (67): Fernholz 4, 2-2, 14; Ellingson 2, 0-1, 4; Lien 6, 2-2, 17; Widner 3, 0-0, 6; Robertson 0, 0-0, 0; Hand 2, 1-4, 5; Watnemo 7, 2-2, 19; Bosche 0, 0-0, 0; Wilmer 1, 0-0, 2. Totals: 25, 7-11, 67

Fouls: Bemidji 14, Moorhead 12

Halfltime: Bemidji 32, Moorhead 21

Regulation: Bemidji 62, Moorhead 62

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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