Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, he is currently studying Creative and Professional Writing at Bemidji State. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.
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BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji High School girls basketball team fell victim to a run-and-gun second half from Brainerd on Friday, resulting in a 72-56 Lumberjack loss at the BHS Gymnasium. After trading baskets in the opening minutes, the Warriors (8-5) picked up an 18-7 lead through a 10-0 run. But Bemidji (6-9) found its footing with eight of the next nine points -- highlighted by a Mackenzie Nicklason layup off a seeing-eye dime from Sam Edlund -- for a 19-15 game.
BEMIDJI -- Nothing came easy for the Bemidji High School boys basketball team on Thursday night, as Grand Rapids forced the Lumberjacks off course for a 76-60 road win at the BHS Gymnasium.
BEMIDJI -- Although the Bemidji State men’s basketball team came up empty during its last road trip, the Beavers are taking away what they can in hopes that it helps this weekend.
BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji State women’s basketball team will have a big emphasis on the small details this weekend. “Turnovers, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds. I think this week, we’re really focusing on those little things,” sophomore guard Erica Gartner said. “Just being more disciplined and getting them done, especially in late games.”
BEMIDJI -- Bemidji High School junior and girls basketball standout Rumer Flatness announced her verbal commitment to the Bemidji State women’s basketball program Wednesday. “I’m beyond blessed & excited to have verbally committed to continue my academic and basketball career at BSU,” she said on Twitter. “Thanks to everyone who has helped & supported me! #gobeavs”
DULUTH -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team was set up with a five-point lead in the closing minutes on Saturday, but soon after, Minnesota Duluth ran off the final nine points for a 62-57 spoiler in Duluth. Neither team could create separation in the back-and-forth contest. The Beavers (6-0, 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) ultimately took their largest lead at 55-50 with four minutes to play when Sharif Black found Derek Thompson for a layup.
DULUTH -- After climbing all the way back from an early hole, the Bemidji State women’s basketball team couldn’t do it again in the final minutes, falling 66-61 at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday. The Beavers (4-9, 3-6 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) struck first with a Sam Adamich 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs (9-4, 6-3 NSIC) ran off the next 11 en route to a 17-5 lead through the first quarter.
ST. CLOUD -- In a game to forget for the Bemidji State women’s basketball team, the Beavers were left in the dust for an 83-51 blowout loss at St. Cloud State on Friday. A 14-2 opening run for the Huskies (8-4, 5-3 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) overshadowed a 22-13 score at the end of the first, despite a pair of 3-pointers from McKayla Scheuer that sparked some life into BSU (4-8, 3-5 NSIC).
ST. CLOUD -- In what will go down as a classic, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team found itself on the wrong side of the scoreboard on Friday night, falling just shy in a 77-72 loss at St. Cloud State.
BEMIDJI -- A 22-0 opening run for the Bemidji High School girls basketball team wasn’t quite enough on its own, but the Lumberjacks did plenty for a soaring 78-24 win over Staples-Motley at the BHS Gymnasium on Thursday. “Everyone could score tonight, and everyone was playing so unselfish,” junior guard Ali Beard said. “That’s how we love to play, and that’s when we play our best: when we push the ball.”