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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Beavers blown out 83-60 as playoff hopes dwindle

Northern State quickly ran past the Bemidji State men’s basketball team on Friday, blowing out the Beavers 83-60 on Aberdeen, S.D., on a night when the final buzzer couldn’t come soon enough.

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ABERDEEN, S.D. -- It was not competitive for very long.

Northern State quickly ran past the Bemidji State men’s basketball team on Friday, blowing out the Beavers 83-60 on Aberdeen, S.D., on a night when the final buzzer couldn’t come soon enough.

The game wasn’t much more than a formality after the Wolves (16-11, 10-9 NSIC) raced ahead 37-16 off a 16-0 run in the first half. From that point on, BSU (7-15, 4-14 NSIC) never cut the deficit under 17 over the final 26 minutes.

Over in Minot, N.D., meanwhile, St. Cloud State lost to Minot State, so Bemidji State remains two games behind SCSU (5-11 NSIC) for the final playoff spot with three games left in the regular season. Idle Minnesota Crookston is now 0.5 games back of the Huskies with four games remaining.

The Beavers led as late as 8-7 in Friday’s contest, sneaking ahead on a John Sutherland jumper just 4:37 into the game.

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Even later, a jump shot from Dalton Albrecht kept BSU within 21-16 midway through the first half. But then NSU ran away with its 16-0 run in a five-minute span and never looked back

Northern State led 53-27 by halftime, and the lead grew as high as 31 in the second half. Bemidji State never came any closer than 20 points down over the final 20 minutes.

Sutherland finished with a team-high 18 points for the Beavers, while Albrecht pitched in 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting .

Derek Thompson also finished with five rebounds and now sits at 690 in his career, just off Steve Vogel’s program record of 694.

Thompson will aim to surpass the record when BSU travels to face Minnesota State Moorhead at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Moorhead.

Northern State 83, Bemidji State 60

BSU 27 33 -- 60

NSU 53 30 -- 83

BEMIDJI STATE (7-15, 4-14 NSIC) -- Sutherland 18, Albrecht 14, Ewefada 9, Thompson 8, Lowman 5, Kone 4, Bianco 2. Totals: 26-59 FGs, 3-17 3-pt. FGs, 5-9 FTs.

NORTHERN STATE (16-11, 10-9 NSIC) -- Belka 20, Masten 16, Walton-Blanden 15, Busch 9, Moni 9, Reede 7, Bergan 3, Lancaster 2, Longstreet 2. Totals: 30-61 FGs, 12-18 3-pt. FGs, 11-12 FTs.

Micah Friez is the sports editor at the Bemidji Pioneer. A native of East Grand Forks, Minn., he joined the Pioneer in 2015 and 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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