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Slow start to second half too much for BSU to overcome

A pair of teams battling at the wrong end of the standings faced off Friday at the BSU gymnasium and the outcome did not favor Bemidji State as Crookston left town with a 77-73 win.

A pair of teams battling at the wrong end of the standings faced off Friday at the BSU gymnasium and the outcome did not favor Bemidji State as Crookston left town with a 77-73 win.

A poor start to the second half turned the tide on what had been, to that point, a promising night for BSU.

"We gave up a run to start the second half and you just can't do that in a game like this," said coach Mike Curfman of his team's lapse.

After hitting on all cylinders early the Beavers began the second half leading 41-35. The lead, however, and whatever momentum the Beavers had built, quickly vanished as Crookston outscored BSU 20-8 to open the second stanza

Trailing by five with just under five minutes remaining, BSU's Samantha Baldwin pulled off a rare five-point play, drilling a trey and a pair of free throws. All of a sudden Bemidji State had tied the score 67-67.

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But the action didn't go BSU's way following that play and Crookston was able to salt away the victory.

The Beavers opened the night with their usual four guard lineup and the pace of the game seemed to fit BSU perfectly. BSU raced to a 27-19 lead behind Morgan Lee and Shannon Thompson who combined to hit six of their 11 shots, including four 3-pointers. The 41 first-half points were two more than the Beavers scored the entire game against Minnesota-Duluth last Saturday.

But then came that slow start to the second half and the need for some crunch-time dramatics.

"We got the ball to the shooters we wanted at the end," said Curfman.

Unfortunately for BSU, there would be no magic ending Friday night.

Morgan Lee led four Beavers in double figures with 16 points. Megan Eul of Crookston led all scorers with 17. The loss drops BSU to6-11 in NSIC play and 8-14 overall. The Beavers return to the court at 4 p.m. today when they host MSU Moorhead.

Crookston (77)

Eul 6-10 5-9 17; Christenson 7-14 0-0 16; Church 4-8 4-6 14; Rothstein 2-6 3-4 9; Livingston 1-4 6-6 9; Martell 3-6 0-0 8; Tyson 2-3 0-0 4; Kessler 0-0 0-0 0; Walker 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 18-25 77.

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BSU (73)

Lee 6-17 0-0 16; Thompson 6-15 1-2 15; Baldwin 4-12 2-2 12; Wessling 4-10 2-2 11; Kaus 4-9 1-3 9; Warmack 3-6 2-2 8; Corrick 1-2 0-1 2; McKee 0-0 0-0 0; Tompkins 0-0 0-0 0; Davis 0-0 0-0 0; Borstner 0-0 0-0 0; Lee 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-72 8-12 73.

Crookston 35 42 - 77

Bemidji State 41 32 - 73

3-point goals--Crookston 9-22; Bemidji State 9-23

Total fouls--Crookston 14, Bemidji State 19.

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