Micah Friez covers Bemidji State basketball and BSU for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Beaver basketball updates.
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BEMIDJI—The Bemidji State women's basketball team ran away with a 70-53 victory Saturday night, topping Upper Iowa in convincing fashion. On Friday, the Beavers (7-13, 3-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) outscored No. 10 Winona State in the final three quarters, and that pace carried over into Saturday's contest. BSU started out 3-for-3 from the field, taking a quick 8-2 lead and forcing an early UIU timeout. Bemidji State kept on the pressure for the rest of the period, and a Tatum Sheley 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Beavers a 16-7 lead after one.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s basketball team fell 56-65 at the hands of No. 10 Winona State Friday night as yet another late comeback attempt fell just short. The Warriors established the tone early, starting the game on a 9-0 run on 4-for-4 shooting in one minute and 54 seconds. And for as hot as Winona State was in the first quarter, the Beavers (6-13, 2-13 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) were just as cold. BSU shot 3-for-15 from the field, falling behind 23-9 early.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team let one slip through its fingers Friday night, as the Beavers gave up a late lead and fell to Winona State 84-77. Everything was going right early for BSU (9-10, 6-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference). Jordan Rhodes started out hot from the field, scoring the first eight Beaver points of the night. Soon after, Bemidji State took off for a 13-0 run — spanning nearly eight minutes — to build a 15 point lead with 6:29 left in the first half. But just as they did all night, the Warriors didn’t go away.
BEMIDJI — The last time the Bemidji State women’s basketball team defeated a ranked opponent, it came at the hands of No. 21 Augustana, whom the Beavers beat 79-78 on Jan. 8, 2011. Twelve losses later, BSU will look to end the skid against No. 10 Winona State and use that momentum against Upper Iowa to make a statement this weekend. “We have our hands full, but let’s just lock in to ‘What’s your job?’ defensively, and let’s see what happens,” head coach Chelsea DeVille said.
BEMIDJI — Another comeback by the Bemidji State women’s basketball team fell short on Saturday, resulting in a 75-67 loss to Minnesota State University Moorhead. The Beavers (6-12, 2-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) came out hot, sinking their first five shots just one night after starting out 2-17 from the field. The fast start was capped off by Tatum Sheley, who sunk back-to-back threes. And BSU continued to stretch its lead, taking an 18-11 advantage less than three minutes later.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team fell to No. 7 Minnesota State University Moorhead Saturday night, losing 81-68. The Beavers (9-9, 6-8 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) kept up early, keeping the score within five points for the first seven and a half minutes, but they had no answer for MSUM’s Isaac Sevlie. The Dragons stretched their lead to double-digits for the first time with 8:30 to go in the half, and BSU never got back to within single digits for the final 27 minutes.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team earned an improbable comeback victory Friday night, as freshman Calvin Harrington nailed a clutch three pointer in the game’s final second, sealing a 90-89 win over Northern State. Within the game’s first few minutes, you could tell it was going to be a nailbiter.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State women’s basketball team saw its late rally fall just short Friday night, falling 59-43 to Northern State.
BEMIDJI — This weekend, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team returns home to take on Northern State and MSU Moorhead, and the Beavers are looking to play spoiler. The Dragons and the Wolves are currently tied for first place in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference’s North Division standings. Both own a 9-3 record in conference play and they have overall records of 12-3 and 13-4, respectively. BSU, meanwhile, is 6-10 overall, and just 2-10 in NSIC action.
BEMIDJI — The Bemidji State men’s basketball team has a tough task ahead of them this weekend, facing off at home with 11-7 Northern State and 19-2 MSU Moorhead, but the team knows how it will have success. The weekend begins with an 8 p.m. Friday matchup against the Wolves. And then the No. 7 Dragons will come to town on Saturday, squaring off with BSU at 6 p.m. Bemidji State hasn’t beaten either team in two years.