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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Wolves outrun BSU through second-half run

ABERDEEN, S.D. -- Things got away from the Bemidji State men’s basketball team in a hurry on Saturday night.

The Beavers fell victim to a 17-0 second-half run against Northern State, which blew open an eventual 73-53 loss in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Beavers (4-10, 1-9 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) had a modest lead for much of the first half, which hit its peak at 16-10 on a short Zach Baumgartner jumper. But the Wolves (13-3, 9-1 NSIC) used an 8-0 spurt late in the half to jump ahead, and they carried a 40-33 edge into the locker room.

Derek Thompson opened the final frame with a score in the paint, and two minutes into the half, Max Bjorklund hit a 3-pointer that brought BSU back within a basket at 40-38. But then NSU erupted with 17 straight points over the next five minutes, taking a 55-38 advantage with 12 minutes, 36 seconds left remaining.

From then on, Bemidji State never came closer than 16 points down before the ultimate 20-point defeat.

Thompson’s 18 points made him the only Beaver in double figures, while Baumgartner was the next closest with eight. Logan Bader, BSU’s second leading scorer this season, went 0-for-7 from the field and had just the second scoreless night of his collegiate career.

For Northern State, Ian Smith led all scorers with 23 points, and Mason Stark pitched in 12 off the bench.

The Beavers will return to the BSU Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, for a home matchup against Upper Iowa.

Northern State 73, Bemidji State 53

BSU 33 20 -- 53

NSU 40 33 -- 73

BEMIDJI STATE (4-10, 1-9 NSIC) -- Thompson 18, Baumgartner 8, Landwehr 6, Bjorklund 5, Chase 5, Longo 5, Anderson 4, Morgan 2, Bader 0. Total 21-56, 6-11, 53.

NORTHERN STATE (13-3, 9-1 NSIC) -- Smith 23, Stark 12, Dahl 8, Fox 8, Belka 5, Decker 4, Fries 4, King 4, Kallman 3, Dominovic 2, LeGrand 0, Kranhold 0. Totals 25-54, 18-21, 73.

Micah Friez

Micah Friez is a sports reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he is a 2018 graduate of Bemidji State University with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. Follow him on Twitter at @micahfriez for Lumberjack and Beaver updates.

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