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MEN’S BASKETBALL: Clinical finish powers Beavers to 2nd straight win in Duluth

The Beavers were locked in a tight battle with the Muleriders down the stretch. Trailing 79-78 with eight seconds left, BSU’s John Sutherland elevated for a lead-changing alley-oop dunk off Mohamed Kone’s lob.

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DULUTH -- The Bemidji State men’s basketball team pulled out a close one on Saturday.

Facing Southern Arkansas during the American Family Insurance Classic in Duluth, the Beavers were locked in a tight battle with the Muleriders down the stretch. Trailing 79-78 with eight seconds left, BSU’s John Sutherland elevated for a lead-changing alley-oop dunk off Mohamed Kone’s lob.

Then, after a missed Southern Arkansas 3-point attempt, Brayden Williams salted away an 82-79 victory for the Beavers with two clutch free throws in the final seconds.

Bemidji State (2-0) trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but found its way back within two by halftime. The Beavers outscored SAU (0-2) by five points in the final frame to clinch the win, aided by their 17-point advantage at the free throw line.

Dalton Albrecht and Brandon Christlieb shared top billing for BSU with 15 points each, while Sutherland contributed 11 and Jayce Lowman 10.

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Bemidji State returns to action for a nonconference game against Concordia-St. Paul at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in St. Paul.

Bemidji State 82, Southern Arkansas 79

SAU 45 34 -- 79

BSU 43 39 -- 82

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS -- Rogers 21, Ray Jr. 13, Hammond Jr. 12, Black 10, Davis Jr. 6, Harvey 5, Schreiner 5, Carraway Jr. 4, Wyche 3. Totals: 34-72 FGs, 10-26 3-pt. FGs, 1-4 FTs.

BEMIDJI STATE -- Albrecht 15, Christlieb 15, Sutherland 11, Lowman 10, Dearring 9, Williams 9, Kone 8, Smith 5. Totals: 24-54 FGs, 9-24 3-pt. FGs, 25-29 FTs.

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