MEN’S BASKETBALL: Golden Bears slip 16 games at the expense of Bemidji State – Bemidji Pioneer

ST. PAUL – Not all losses are weighed the same. But a loss to an opponent on a 16-game losing streak is a blow to the Bemidji State men’s basketball team.

The Beavers lost a 98-90 overtime struggle at Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, often playing from behind but also losing a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation time.

The loss drops BSU to 6-9 overall (3-8 NSIC), while the Golden Bears improved to 2-16 (1-10 NSIC).

Bemidji State allowed 21 points in overtime, and while many of those points came from the free throw line in foul situations, it was CSP’s 10-2 run to start the extra session that did in the Beavers.

BSU also struggled out of the gates, falling 11-4 after four minutes and eventually down 26-18.

But Bemidji State started to come back from there, as a Mohamed Kone dunk capped a 6-0 run that followed and secured BSU in possession. Shortly after, another 6-0 run ended on Dalton Albrecht’s quick slam, good for Bemidji State’s first lead of the day at 35-33.

CSP eventually took a 36-35 halftime lead, and things remained tight in the second half.

The biggest run for the Beavers frame came on a 13-2 midterm push. That turned a three-point deficit into a 60-52 lead, and the lead held at 77-72 on Kone’s pull-up with 1:19 to go.

Caden Hoffman responded with two free throws for the Golden Bears, and after a BSU miss, Jack Stensgard drove inside for a layup and one that tied the game with 23 seconds left.

Both teams missed a potential winner in the dying seconds, which made way for extra time.

In overtime, Concordia-St. Paul shot 5 for 7 from the field and 10 for 12 at the charity strip – good for 21 points in the five-minute session.

Derek Thompson finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds for Bemidji State, while Travis Bianco had 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kone finished with 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists, while Albrecht (12 points) and Jayce Lowman (11 points) also hit double digits.

Elijah Ormiston and Stensgard set the Golden Bears nets ablaze with 26 and 25 points respectively.

The Beavers hit the road for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday, Jan. 21, in Sioux Falls.

Concordia-St. Paul 98, State of Bemidji 90 (OT)

BEMIDJI STATE (6-9, 3-8 NSIC) — Thompson 22, Bianco 19, Kone 15, Albrecht 12, Lowman 11, Behrendt 6, Ewefada 3, Landwehr 2. Totals: 34-88 FG, 11-32 3 -pt. FG, 11-13 FT.

CONCORDIA-ST. PAUL (2-16, 1-10 NSIC) – Ormiston 26, Stensgard 25, Skeete 16, Everson 14, Hoffman 13, Scharlau 4. Totals: 33-62 FG, 10-26 3-pt. FG, 22-27 FT.

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