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Eric Peterson, Published December 13 2013

Dragons men remain unbeaten with win against Bemidji State

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State Moorhead found its best sequence of offense at the right moment Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

The Dragons scored 13 consecutive points in a two-minute span past the halfway point of the second half. That scoring spree helped lift MSUM to a 77-68 victory against Bemidji State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball.

“We got into a flow, and when we are in a flow, we are a dangerous team,” said Dragons junior guard Jordan Riewer, who scored a team-high 16 points.

The Dragons (8-0, 4-0 NSIC) remained unbeaten and are tied with Winona State for first place in the conference.

“We missed a lot of those same shots in the first half,” Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said of that momentum-shifting 13-0 run. “We are too good a shooting team to keep missing those shots.”

Bemidji State trailed by 12 points early in the second half before it mounted a strong rally. Beavers point guard DJ Hervy drained a 17-foot jumper that cut the Dragons lead to 52-50 with 9 minutes, 12 seconds to play in the second half.

A shade over a minute later, senior guard Tarell Clark scored on a tip-in that started a string of 13 consecutive MSUM points. The Dragons capped that rally with three consecutive 3-pointers. Riewer drained a 3-pointer from the right baseline to give MSUM a 65-50 lead with 6:03 to play. Matt Nelson and Tyler Vaughan also sank 3-pointers during that stretch. The Beavers couldn’t get any close than seven points of the lead in the final six minutes.

“I don’t think we matched up in transition a few times and you can’t leave Vaughan or Riewer open at all,” Bemidji State head coach Mike Boschee said. “And they shoot from deep.”

The Dragons led 37-28 at halftime, despite shooting 31 percent (11 of 36) from the field in the first half. Walthall liked that his team found a way to build a lead without shooting a high percentage through 20 minutes.

“I like that we hung in there even though things weren’t flowing offensively for us,” Walthall said.

Hervy paced Bemidji State with a game-high 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting from the field. The 6-foot junior scored 18 points in the second half.

“They’re a good basketball team,” Walthall said of Bemidji State. “Mike does a great job with them. They run a lot of the same stuff. It is kind of like playing ourselves sometimes.”

BEMIDJI STATE (6-2, 3-1 NSIC): Lutes 4-13 2-2 10, Noreen 5-11 1-2 11, Rosenbloom 4-7 5-8 13, Hervy 9-14 3-3 23, Schalow 3-5 3-4 10, Farrington 0-0 0-2 0, White 0-0 0-0 0, Ellenson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 25-52 15-21 68.

MSUM (8-0, 4-0): Riewer 6-10 0-0 16, Williams 1-5 3-4 5, Nelson2-6 0-0 5, Vaughan 3-10 0-0 9, Figini 1-2 1-4 3, Songolo 0-2 2-2 2, Clark 6-11 0-0 12, Wood 0-1 2-2 2, Lien 1-4 0-0 2, Bingham 2-7 8-8 12, Filipek 3-4 2-2 9. Totals 25-62 18-22 77.

Half: MSUM 37, BSU 28. 3-point goals: BSU 3-8 (Lutes 0-2, Noreen 0-2, Hervy 2-3, Schalow 1-1), MSUM 9-28 (Riewer 4-6, Williams 0-2, Nelson 1-3, Vaughan 3-8, Songolo 0-1, Lien 0-3, Bingham 0-3, Filipek 1-2).

Total fouls: BSU 15, MSUM 18. Fouled out: Noreen. Rebounds: BSU 34 (Rosenbloom 8), MSUM 35 (Clark 7). Assists: BSU 6 (Schalow 2), MSUM 11 (Riewer 3). Steals: BSU 6 (Hervy 3), MSUM 8 (Songolo 4). Turnovers: BSU 15 (Hervy 5), MSUM 11 (Riewer 3).


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