BEMIDJI — Detroit Lakes build an early lead and never looked back in a wire-to-wire 69-51 win over Bemidji Thursday at the BHS gym. The Lakers found their separation with an 10-0 run in the first half and an 11-1 run in the second half. “If you take away those two runs, we played them evenly,” Bemidji head coach Rick Kehoe said.
BEMIDJI — Seniors Kate Warmack, Morgan Lee and Jessie Althoff have experienced their fair share of ups and downs over their careers at BSU, but the seniors are hoping to make their last weekend playing at home a memorable one. “It would be great to go out with a good weekend,” Althoff said. “We need to change it up and snap this losing streak. Hopefully we can turn things around and avoid going to Wayne State in the first round.” Wayne State is the No. 8 team in the country and the top team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
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.
BEMIDJI — Although the final outcome was not what it wanted, the BSU women’s basketball team played one of its best basketball games of the season in a 71-67 loss to University of Mary Saturday at the BSU Gym. “As far as execution goes, I thought it was one of our better games,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “I told them that I was proud of their effort tonight. We did a lot of good things and it just came down to a few plays.
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.
BEMIDJI — A scoring drought in each half doomed the BSU women’s basketball team in a 74-66 loss to Minot State Friday at the BSU Gym. “Those runs were absolutely a difference-maker,” BSU head coach Mike Curfman said. “We had good looks, but we could not buy a basket.” With the loss, BSU’s losing streak extends to six games, its longest since losing eight in a row in the 2011-12 season.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji swimmers delivered one last strong performance before sections by defeating Duluth East 111-70 Thursday at the high school. The Lumberjacks won ten of the 12 possible events, while only falling short in the 100 yard butterfly and the 400 yard freestyle relay. Thomas Mykleseth stood out for Bemidji by taking first in each of the two individual events he competed in.
BEMIDJI — Playing well in spurts has not been a problem for the BSU women’s basketball team. The problem has been stringing together 40 minutes. Last weekend at Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls, the trend continued. On Friday the Mustangs overcame a halftime deficit to earn their second win in NSIC play this season. Saturday, it was the first half that haunted the Beavers and a strong second half was not enough as the Cougars posted a nine-point win. “We did a lot of good things in both games,” said BSU coach Mike Curfman.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball players and coaches could not have asked for a better time to return home. Last weekend, the Beavers split on the road, defeating Southwest Minnesota State and losing at Sioux Falls. The weekend was the second straight on the road and now BSU will look forward to a pair of weekends at home. “Home court advantage is definitely something you want to have,” senior forward Zach Noreen said.
BEMIDJI — In basketball it takes more than five good players to be successful. For the BSU men’s basketball team, bench players Michael Farrington and Dillon Floyd have been a major force in the Beavers’ recent run of success. Floyd, a junior forward from Palm Springs, Calif., logged just 55 career minutes through his first two seasons at BSU — and in the first six weeks of this one and — but delivered 11 points in 23 minutes in an overtime loss to Winona State on Jan. 3. He’s been part of BSU head coach Mike Boschee’s rotation ever since. “Dillon has come a long way,” Boschee said.