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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Beavers' win streak snapped as Wayne State posts 68-53 victory

The Beavers’ John Sutherland recorded a double-double in back-to-back games with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but his team fell behind 35-21 at halftime and never got back in the contest.

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WAYNE, Neb. -- The Bemidji State University men's basketball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped by Wayne State in a 68-53 blowout Friday night on the Wildcats’ court.

The Beavers’ John Sutherland recorded a double-double in back-to-back games with 14 points and 12 rebounds, but his team fell behind 35-21 at halftime and never got back in the contest.

Wayne State (13-6, 8-5 NSIC) started the game off with six unanswered points. The Beavers' (12-7, 7-6 NSIC) first basket came at 16:24 with a RJ Smith layup. BSU were able to pull ahead 11-10 when Sutherland nailed a three-pointer. Mohamed Kone put the lead to three with a pair of made free throws.

The lead did not last long, as just over three minutes later, the Wildcats used a 6-0 spurt to reclaim the advantage at 16-13, then held the Beavers to eight points the rest of the first half.

Sutherland recorded his second double-double in as many games and his seventh of the season. He went 6 for 11 from the field. Kone added 13 points, along with six rebounds and three assists. Smith added nine points.

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Justin Eagins and Jordan Janssen powered the Wildcats' attack as the duo each scored 16 points.

The Beavers play at Augustana at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

Wayne State 68, Bemidji State 53 

BSU 21 32 -- 53

WSU 35 33 -- 68

BEMIDJI STATE -- Sutherland 14, Kone 13, Smith 9, Albrecht 5, Williams 5, Tennyson 5, Jjadimbota 2. Totals: 21-52 FGs, 4-19 3-pt. FGs, 7-13 FTs.

WAYNE STATE -- Eagins 16, Janssen 16, Mohr 8, McCullough 8, Harmon 7, Ferrani 5, Saunders 4, Watson 2, Blum 2. Totals: 29-63 FGs, 6-15 3-pt. FGs, 4-8 FTs.

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